Entries by sjurch

Are you ready?

  I am so excited to share techniques with you from my years of working in sports.  I look forward to a great convention and a class to remember! Here are a couple of videos that touch on some of the things we will be covering. Ankle Sprain   Contusions  

Rotator Cuff Injuries

Injuries to the rotator cuff are one of the most common types of shoulder problems. They can arise from a traumatic episode to the area but are more often caused by repetitive movements of the glenohumeral joint.  If there is any imbalance in the functioning of the rotator cuff muscles, an alteration in shoulder biomechanics […]

Treating Contusions

We are often told not to treat any acute injury for the first 24-28 hours due to swelling and the potential to make it worse.  The problem with this is that people often go untreated and end up in a worse situation than if they had treatment applied earlier.  Contusions are a prime example of […]

Creating a Sports Massage Resume

Creating a resume for a sports massage position is quite different than for other positions.  I am extremely fortunate to work with the top women’s tennis players in the world but my job goes beyond the treatment room.  Part of my role with the Women’s Tennis Association is also to hire the massage therapists that […]

Breaking Into Sports Massage

I get asked all the time “How do I get involved in sports massage”.  While there are many ways, check out this video on some of the challenges of breaking in and some strategies to help you gain an edge over the competition.    

The “Scottie Dog” Fracture

As massage therapists, we often run into conditions that may not be directly effected through our treatment and are helped through creating the most supportive environment in the body to facilitate healing. Two conditions that fall into this category are sponylolysis and spondylolisthesis.  Nicknamed the “Scottie Dog” fracture because of the resemblance to a Scottish […]

Hurting for Hard Court

One of the great challenges of working with professional tennis players is the fact that the sport is played on a variety of surfaces.  Just like other variables that factor into injuries, playing surface lends itself to its own injury trends.  We are just beginning the US Open Series which is a group of hard […]

Muscle Energy Techniques immediately improve shoulder mobility

I just came across this research study that was done by one of my former colleagues when I worked at Wingate University. It shows some very positive results for therapists who work with overhead or throwing athletes.  Those athletes commonly develop a condition known as GIRD (Glenohumeral Internal Rotation Deficit) which can be a precursor […]