Sports Massage is becoming more and more popular, especially after the last Olympics. Many athletes use massage therapy to maintain peak performance and to help recover faster when they do succumb to an injury. Sports or athletic organizations, such as those that own sports teams, employ massage therapists for those same reasons.
If you’re the active type, love sports, and nothing gets your blood pumping like physical activity, Sports Massage would be a great career path for you.
As we mentioned, many sports teams have a massage therapist on hand in order to help players maintain their bodies in peak condition and to help them recuperate during the unfortunate times when they’re not in top shape, such as after a stress, a strain, or an injury. These positions can be either full or part-time and are usually salaried—you’re really a part of the team.
Some athletes fly solo, well, at least they compete in individual sports, such as track or swimming. But, just like Michael Phelps recently shared with the world, athletes who compete in individual sports need massage therapy too. While it is possible to obtain a salaried position in this capacity, it is most likely that you’ll be working in a freelance capacity, which we will cover in the next part of this series.
If Sports Massage sounds exciting, you can specialize by taking Sports Massage CE (Continuing Education) courses after graduation.
Confirm the types of massage therapy you’re allowed to practice in your area as regulations vary from state to state. This information can usually be found on your state’s occupational licensing or health department website.