Sports Massage Therapists

Sports Massage Therapists


Whether it’s half-time at the footy at the highest level of the AFL, or a post-marathon rub down for a rookie runner, sports massage is now a preferred method of rehab for a lot of elite and everyday athletes looking for that relief before, during and after their events.

In fact, over the past 12 months, searches for ‘massage therapy’ have increased by 20 per cent, which is a great indicator that it’s a popular industry for aspiring and experience massage therapists.

But just what is Sports Massage?

VFA Learning’s Lauren Rover, who is Head of Massage at the campus, says sports massage is broken into three parts:

1. Pre-Event Massage

“These are used before an athletic event or competition, and done at a rapid and vigorous pace to impart an energising feeling to the athlete. These massages work well 20 to 30 minutes before an event, with the focus being on the muscles stressed in the competition they are participating in.”

2. Inter-Training Massage

“These types of massages are utilised between training sessions, as part of an athlete’s maintenance program. Typically, these will address knots, and scar tissue from overloading the soft tissue. Inter-training Massage also aids in restoring range of motion, which increases fluidity and strength.”

3. Post-Event Massage

“Post-event massages occur up to 24 hours after the event, and are used to maximise the supply of nutrients and blood flow to muscles, which can assist in decreasing soreness and cramping, while facilitating a faster return to training after an event.

Careers in Sports Massage

Lauren also believes elite sports clubs are catching on to the fact that remedial therapy is an integral part of recovery. “Sports Massage is a rapidly growing industry, with clubs hiring Massage Therapists to work alongside their Physiotherapists.”

A lot of the work can also be seen in the following areas:

–          AFL/VFL

–          Local Football

–          Soccer

–          Australian Ballet

–          Tennis Australia

As an integral part of the Sport Medicine team, the Massage therapist will work to improve and maintain the musculoskeletal function of the Athlete.

Some common injuries the Sports Massage Therapists can assist with are: Plantar Fasciitis, Compartment Syndrome, Illiotibial Band Friction Syndrome and Tennis & Golfer’s Elbow.

The career of a Sports Massage Therapist can be expected to be energetic, diverse and highly rewarding for those who like to help people function optimally, so if you have a desire to be part of an elite club, or want to help those recovering from exhaustive exercise, simply head to our website and find out more about Massage Therapy.