Almost everyone loves a good massage especially football players that get knocked around a lot and are tender and sore. There are many other factors to keeping football players healthy such as diet, exercise, sleep, and hydration but massage can help flush out toxins and keep the muscles in excellent condition. Most football players have a trainer set in place to check them daily for any tightness and soreness. This is important so if a problem arises it can be caught before the issue becomes a bigger problem. Most football players can pinpoint the area but because it is one of the biggest contact sports there is sometimes multiple areas need to be addressed. When massaging an athlete of this stature it is best to keep a good eye out for bumps and bruises. A massage can actually make the inflammation more painful and make it worse if the pressure is too hard. Keeping in mind that all people are different and heal differently it is a good idea to keep a log of the athletes injuries for future reference. A good athletic masseuse learns his clientele and is in tune to getting the athlete back in tip top shape as soon as possible.
There are too many types of massage to name that benefit football players. Massage not only increases flexibility and range of motion, it also alleviates migraine headaches, neck and back pain and lymph drainage. For instance, cranial sacral therapy helps restore and position the bones in the natural form to relieve stress and decrease aches from chronic injuries. Massage not only benefits the individual player but it also benefits the team. Less stress leads to less mental mistakes and more wins!
I’m going to guess that most of you wouldn’t think cheerleaders get injured. Well, they do. Actually, cheerleading causes the largest number of catastrophic injuries among girls and young women. The basket tosses, high pyramids and breath catching tumbling make today’s cheerleading far more risky than the old school splits and standing toe touches. Because of the amount of injuries The American Academy of Pediatrics has officially ruled cheerleading a sport. Now, cheerleaders and their coaches have to follow the strict guidelines as other sports for girls. Cheerleaders now benefit from more qualified coaches, certified trainers and appropriate care if needed.
The most common injury is strains and sprains of the foot. Most cheerleaders start cheering at a very early age and can even cheer well in to adulthood with most professional sports having a cheer squad. There is hardly any down town for cheerleaders since it is year around sport. With that being said, more injuries are pertinent. Being physically fit and conditioned is very important when practicing cheerleading. Also, wearing shoes with cushion and good support are very beneficial. Most practices should have mats provided for proper training of technical stunts such as basket tosses, and pyramids. Trying stunts that are risky before plenty of practice should always be avoided to prevent injury. Cheerleaders should always take in to consideration the health of their squad members when allowing them to do the more technical stunts as well. Being aware can keep more injuries at bay.
With the rigorous hours of training obviously injury will occur. And, with injuries come cheerleading costs. In fact, for most of these injuries, cheerleading fundraisers are put into motion to help pay the medical expenses that arise. Therefore, fundraising is crucial for cheerleading teams. As cheerleading becomes more competitive the risk of injury gets more serious. Unfortunately, broken bones and even severe head injuries do happen. To help prevent injuries strength training is a good idea. Most cheerleaders that endure an injury really want to get back to practice as soon as possible. Resting is very important and listening to your body will help with recovery time. Also, listen to your doctor and trainer. They may recommend physical therapy. Physical therapy can be tedious and repetitive, but it will help your bones, muscles, and tendons heal faster and heal correct. Cheerleaders seem to get very discouraged when they see their team practicing and performing and they cannot participate but it is very important to heal and recover so you can return as quickly as possible!