Sports Massage Therapy

Sports Massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Sports massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons. Sports Massage addresses the specific needs of athletes. It can use Swedish massage methods, cross fiber friction, trigger point therapy, stretching methods, etc. It is used during training, and before or after events, to enhance performance and to promote post-injury healing. The three sports massage classes listed below will give you the ability to be able to successfully work with athletes in many different fields.

Steve DeHart has been a CMT since 1991 and a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) since 2002. He has worked with the SF 49ers, professional baseball players and Olympic athletes. He was Director of Athletic Training at Sacramento State University with daily responsibilities for Division I football, track and field and baseball. Steve was also certified by Aaron Mattes, founder of Active Isolated Stretching (AIS), as a practitioner and teacher of AIS. Steve brings sports massage therapy and stretching into the world of sports medicine. His techniques are aimed at increasing performance and the prevention/rehabilitation of sports injuries. He currently practices in Nevada City, CA were he owns DeHart Athletic Training Services.

These classes may be taken as part of the 250 hr or 500 hr Massage Therapist Program or as continuing education classes: SPORTS MASSAGE-Pre and Post Event (24 hrs), SPORTS MASSAGE-Injury and Prevention (24 hrs), SPORTS MASSAGE-Stretching (24 hrs) 

Upcoming Classes


SPORTS MASSAGE-Pre and Post Event (24 hrs) Mon, Tue & Wed, Sep 15, 16 & 17 (9 m – 6 pm). The focus here is on the use of massage before and after an event and/or training session. Prior to an event or training session stimulation of the central nervous system (CNS) is essential to optimize performance. Leaving the athlete feeling ‘up’ both physiologically and psychologically is the goal. What is ‘up’? Physiologically speaking, it includes increasing the core body temp, ROM/flexibility, blood flow to the muscles, and the efficiency of the CNS to relay its information to the body. We will introduce a fast paced, movement based routine utilizing pumping, percussion, ROM/flexibility and muscle preparation techniques. The psychological aspect focuses on helping the athlete gain a positive mind/body connection, mentally preparing for the specific event and visualization of success. You don’t have to be an expert, but an understanding, by the therapist, of the demands of the activity will greatly benefit the athlete. A post event routine will be taught to speed recovery, reduce the lactic acid build up, and regain the ROM/flexibility the athlete began the event/training session with. It is also an ideal time to assess any injuries or ‘problem areas’ that will benefit from sports massage sessions at your office. This is a great marketing opportunity. Post event sports massage is slower paced and generally more superficial, depending on the athlete, than pre event. Techniques include: flushing, effleurage, petrissage, and stretching. Prerequisite: 100 hrs massage therapy training. Instructor: Steve DeHart. Cost: $330 Prepay: 2-Wk $320, 4-Wk $310

SPORTS MASSAGE-Injury and Prevention (24 hrs) Mon, Tue & Wed, Sep 22, 23 & 24 (9 am – 6 pm). This is the heart of sports massage. Where change in the musculoskeletal system takes place. In these sessions you will experience a hands-on, client/therapist interactive focus on how massage can be used to: prevent injury, rehabilitate from injury, correct chronic biomechanical imbalances, and create lasting change over the long term. An emphasis is placed on specific sports and specific sports injuries. To notice the biomechanical faults within a specific sport can help to prevent injury and assess ‘why’ an athlete is have reoccurring injuries. We will also dive into the stages of healing of injury as well as the timing and depth of appropriate massage techniques. Contraindication of massage with be emphasized. Some common injuries include: strains/sprains, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff, low back, sciatica, IT band, Achilles, over use and ankle/knee injuries. Techniques taught include: Muscle tracing, Deep Tissue, Trigger Point, Myofacial Release, Facilitated Stretching and Pin and Stretch. Understanding of the anatomy and physiology is recommended. Prerequisite: 100 hrs massage therapy training. Instructor: Steve DeHart. Cost: $330 Prepay: 2-Wk $320, 4-Wk $310

SPORTS MASSAGE-Stretching (24 hrs) Tue, Wed, Sep 30, Oct 1 (9 am – 6 pm). We will explore several stretching techniques including ballistic, static, PNF and Active Isolated Stretching (AIS). Our focus will be on AIS which is a complete and systematic stretching program geared for athletes. AIS is based on identifying the muscle to be stretched, isolating that muscle using precise localized movements and maximizing the effectiveness of the stretch in a safe and efficient manner staying away from the stretch reflex mechanism of the muscle. AIS will be taught to the therapist as an assisted stretch for the athlete as well as a tool for the athlete to take home and perform on themselves. A hip/leg protocol and shoulder protocol will be taught hands-on. AIS is effective for the rehab of most sports injuries. Understanding of anatomy and physiology is recommended. Prerequisite: 100 hrs massage therapy training. Instructor: Steve DeHart. Cost: $224 Prepay: 2-Wk $215, 4-Wk $210. Take all sports massage classes and get a 10% discount!


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