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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Seasons Greetings!


HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM

ULTIMATE SPORTS MASSAGE

~~ I would like to take the opportunity to express my sincere appreciation to all of my dedicated & loyal clients. It is my pleasure to serve you and provide the sports massage, muscular therapy injury work you need and have come to expect from me. You are the reason I stay on the "cutting edge" in this field ~~ continually raising the bar. I will continue to strive to bring you new and innovating techniques to suit the needs that are required for the efficent, goal orientated results you are looking for.

I would also like to relay some exciting news to you! As of January 14th, 2010 I will have expanded hours of operation to suit you better.


Monday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

As always I am an e-mail, phone call or text away.... contact me if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.

Thanks Again and look forward to seeing & hearing from you in the new year!!!!

Lori-Ann

I will be away the entire month of March, I have been selected as a member of the Sports Medical Team for the 2010 USA Paralympics !!!!



Saturday, November 7, 2009

2009 Marine Corps Marathon ~~ Team Semper Fi!






















Photos of 2009 MARINE CORPS MARATHON

Working With Injured Athletes















WORKING WITH INJURED ATHLETES...

  • What is the psychology of an injured athlete ~~ what are they going through?
  • how do we interact with them at an event ?
  • what is our approach with them at the office ?
  • what to say & how to explain the issues they are experiencing ?
  • what is their post event protocol for recovery ?
  • what does their training, nutrition & hydration consist of ?

I've wanted to talk about this subject for a long time. I think it really hit me hard & has stayed with me since I encountered an athlete (runner @ a marathon) who was taken to the medical tent for severe muscle spasms.

This particular athlete had never experienced this kind of issue before and didn't really know how to process what was happening. Lets face it, if you train healthy, eat healthy and have a good plan for recovery ~~ being sent to the medical tent for fluid IV hydration is scary.

So why does this happen?

A question I wish I could answer, but I can't: HOWEVER, there are so many possible reasons it occurs.

  • HYDRATION ~~ or lack of -- what are you drinking
  • NUTRITION ~~ are you getting what you need
  • PROPER EXERCISE
  • RECOVERY PLAN ~~ how are you treating your body after a hard workout - competition - event?
  • WEATHER

I was called to the medical tent to help stop systemic cramping of an athletes quadriceps. I utilized the proper techniques ( direct pressure & approximation) these 2 seemed to work best for this athlete.

Funny thing is as I scanned the medical tent I noticed 2 other sports massage therapists from my team! WHAT IS GOING ON HERE??

So lets back up alittle: the athletes in question, or the ones we encountered all had set training schedules & routines. Everyone had a different approach ~~ one that worked for them.

All of them were excited about the event & ready to go! None of them participated with a pre-existing injuries. ( information we gathered from them) So why would this occur to a seemingly healthy athlete?

A possible explanation could be their nutrition or lack of. What are they missing, are they trying out a new product or trying a new fad diet?

Another issue is hydration! Are these athletes taking in enough fluids on a regular basis. Are their muscles, tendons & ligaments properly hydrated? Supple enough for the continuous physical demand placed on them for the activity in question.

What about stretching ~~ is it incorporated into the training schedule? What kind of stretching & is it being facilitated correctly?

Another important issue is the weather & climate ~~ has the athlete trained in the same environment they are competing in?

Other issues associated with the weather: questions to ask ~~

  • is it hot
  • is it cold
  • is it raining

How will the athletes body respond to this environment?

Another factor is the recovery plan. Does the athlete have one? Not everyone practices post work out self care.

WHAT IS SELF CARE?

Self care can encompass quite a few things. I'll give you a few from my stand point as a specialized sports massage therapist.

  • cool down phase
  • post activity stretching ( static or PNF)
  • foam rolling

POST ACTIVITY SPORTS MASSAGE ~~ this can be applied in a number of ways

  • flushing of the calf's, hamstrings, quads - usually 20 minutes in duration
  • ice massage on affected areas, usually 20-30 minute in duration
  • moist heat
  • ice baths ( no one really likes them but extremely beneficial)
  • biofreeze on sore muscles
  • myofascial release

Incorporating one or a few of these items can significantly decrease the possibility of injury for an active athlete or performer.

Sports massage is an essential part of training & recovery.

While I speak with athletes at sporting events I inquire about their recovery plan ~~ what do they do after the event?

I also ask if they have a sports massage therapist. If they don't I encourage them to find one. I also give them tips on what to look for in a good SMT. ( most athletes that I encounter are from another state) The athletes from in-state ~~ I hand them a business card!!

It's also important for athletes to know that post event sports massage at the event has 1 purpose: elongate musculature & rid the body of cellular debris produced by the physical activity and to help decrease post event muscle soreness.

If you are looking for deeper work, schedule that with your SMT 1-2 days after the athletic event.

So, to recap: it's important for a Sports Massage Therapist to understand what is going on with an injured athlete, whether they are at the event or in the office recovering from injury.

DON'T STEP OUT OF YOUR "SCOPE OF PRACTICE"

Talk to them, reassure them it's okay to be scared, angry, frustrated etc.. but they also have a responsibility to be respectful.... lets face it ~~ sometimes emotions come out "sideways" and some actions may not be appropriate.

You are there to help with their recovery, don't promise them anything ~~ but they need realistic goals. Some situations are easy and others are more complex.

My experience has always been a good one because I continue to be honest & upfront with all of my clients & athletes.

If you are looking for a GREAT sports massage therapist to explain the physiology of the body - that understands injury & the bio-mechanics of movement~~ give me a call, I'd love to hear from you!!

Always! ~~ the glitter is still with me and I will be bringing it to the 2010 Paralympics!!!

Lori-Ann

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Lets Talk About Being An ATHLETE!

WHAT CONSTITUTES BEING CONSIDERED ONE?


  • Do I have to be a professional?

  • Do I have to commit to hours of training?

  • What sport (s) am I involved with?

  • What type of training do I participate in & will it be beneficial for me?

  • What if I like to cross train, will that help my performance?

All good questions with so many outlooks & options for any athlete. Lets talk about this:

Athletes come in all sizes, shapes, ages & gender. Any individual who is active & using their body in a physically demanding activity can be considered an athlete.

The reason is simple ~~ the muscular injury or muscular training will be the same for everyone... the only variation will be the intensity or duration.

Listen, a rotator cuff injury will be just as painful for the carpenter or roofer as it would be for the volley ball player. A pulled hamstring will give the same painful experience to any one who has ever dealt with that issue.

The rehabilitation of such injuries will be case by case, but the anatomy & bio-mechanics are the same.

Remember we all place ourselves in various categories: professional athlete ~~ the one who gets paid to play; collegiate athlete ~~ one who is in college, received an athletic scholarship or just wants to be part of the team, on to the OLYMPIC, high school or "Weekend Warrior" ... Which one are you??

I'm a "weekend warrior"! ~~ my sports are: swimming,running ( if that's what you want to call it) & extreme events like the Marine Mud Runs!

Training & practice are important components of the sport you are participating in. Its very important to focus on training, game plays and speed & agility. Not everyone is born "quick", this can be improved on. There are some factors that could impeded an athlete.

  • weight
  • height
  • sport ~~ is it right for you?
  • physical strength

Are you incorporating cross training, strength & conditioning and cardio? Are you switching things up or keeping it the same? You don't want your body to hit a plateau ~~ keep it moving!

You should communicate with your coach, CSCS ( strength & conditioning), sports massage therapist, personal trainer etc... for the performance advise you are looking for regarding the appropriate level & direction of your training sessions.

One of the biggest issues I see as a sports massage therapist who deals with treating muscular injuries is the INAPPROPRIATE amount of training ( too much / not enough). Does the training go hand in hand with the sport you are involved with? Half the time the athletes are participating in training activities that do not benefit their performance for the sport they are participating in which is setting them up for injuries.

I could go on with this subject for some time here.. I think you get the picture... If you have questions about sports massage and how it can benefit you... give me a call!!

I'm out, thanks for reading and talk soon!

Always,

Lori-Ann

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Sports Massage & Working w/ High School Athletes

Here we are @ the beginning of a new school year and gearing up for the high school athletic season. This is a very exciting time of year for those students that will be participating on any one of the seasonal teams. Just to name a few...
  • football
  • volley ball
  • cross country / track
  • basketball
  • wrestling

It's extremely important for coaches & parents to understand the stresses that are placed on the teenage athlete due to the strenuous workouts & trainings. Lets face it, these athletes, want to be the best, they want to be in good shape and sometimes over due it!

This is also extremely important during the first weeks of "HELL WEEK" leading up to the start of the school year and the scrimmages & injury fund competitions they participate in.

Coaches & parents should always stay focused on the importance of paying attention to muscular & physical complains from their athlete; hydration and proper recovery time from athletic trainings / workouts & competitions.

Trainings & workouts should be focused on the sports the teenage athlete will be participating in. Stay away from unnecessary or excessive workouts that will not benefit the teenage athlete, this could possibly set him / her up for injury.

Here is where the ULTIMATE SPORTS MASSAGE TEAM comes in....

Sports massage has many proven benefits for the active athlete at any level; our focus at this point is the high school athlete: male / female

Proven benefits & results are:

  • increase ROM ( range of motion)
  • increase flexibility
  • decrease muscle tension
  • decrease muscle soreness
  • decrease scar tissue formation
  • decrease fascial restrictions / trigger points
  • INCREASE ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

Sports massage should be implemented 1-2 X's a week in short duration for the student athlete. The ideal time frame is 20-30 minutes per session.

The application of ice (cryo-therapy) massage or ice bath is also a beneficial component of sports massage which helps decrease any excess inflammation brought on by athletic physical activity.

  • repetitive exercises
  • prolonged competitions
  • muscular micro tears
  • sprains & strains
  • contusions

The therapists on the sports massage team are trained professionals with the ability to set up a sports treatment plan that will benefit any athlete who comes in for the treatment of sports massage. We have the knowledge & training in postural analysis and bio- mechanics to benefit every athlete in regards to the specific sport they participate in.

The Ultimate Sports Massage Team will be offering Sports Massage Clinics starting in September 2009

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT:

  • 20 minute muscle specific massage
  • ice application / cold bath ( if needed)
  • Kinesio Taping ( if needed + extra cost)
  • Stretching

Sports massage applications will also minimize muscle soreness by 35-50% after a strenuous workout which results in the athlete being able to train & compete regularly, along with being injury free.

It's the sports massage therapists job to recognize muscular issues, address them and put the athlete in a more conducive healing environment which allows them to continue to train & compete with their team instead of being SIDELINED!

Sports Massage Clinic Nights for high school student athletes: $20.00 / adult athletes: $35.00

Always!
Lori-Ann, Beth, Trish & Johnny


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The Importance of Regular Sports Massage

An athlete or individual who uses their body in a demanding & deliberate way should consider the many healthy benefits of incorporating sports massage into their workout, training regiment or routine maintenance of their body.

Sports massage has proven results in resolving chronic over use issues.

Sports massage therapists are the "first line of defense" in identifying muscular issues for the athlete before it becomes a more serious issue.

Utilizing specific techniques the sports massage therapist can & will accomplish the following:

  • realign collagen fibers
  • eliminate fascial adhesion's
  • decrease the presence of trigger points
  • decrease muscular tension
  • increase oxygen & nutrients to musculature
  • decrease pain cycles & spasms
  • increase structural integration & balance

The Ultimate Sports Massage Team is here to help aid in the recovery of athletes, industrial athletes & our tactical athletes from the stresses of regular workouts & trainings, occupational hazards and the physically demanding stresses from day to day activities.

Sessions should be scheduled in at least once a week during intense training and should follow the hardest training session.

Please feel free to contact the USMT for additional information regarding the application of sports massage. We are here to assist you!

Contact a TEAM member to schedule your sports massage session in the near future.

The Ultimate Sports Massage Team also provides Athletic & Tactical Demo's - please contact us for additional information.

ALWAYS!

Lori-Ann

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Post Amica IRONMAN 70.3 Weekend

Now this is some motivating stuff right here!

The Team was participating in the Pre-event EXPO activities when an athlete approached us and asked "who does feet!"... well, my hand was in the air so fast, it was really funny as Christen was backing away. You have to know the story to understand.

So I direct the athlete (Trisha) to my table where she pretty much tore here socks & shoes off. She was very excited about getting her feet worked on before the Triathlon. To my surprise she had her toes painted very patriotically... anyone who knows me knows I LOVE the American flag!

It doesn't get any better than that!

Her session was focused on both her feet and resolving her tight flexor digitorum muscles and caped it off with incorporating the calves. After the massage we KINESIO taped her feet for the event the next day. This athlete was a happy camper!

Stay tuned the Sports Massage Team will be in action again very soon....

Always!

Lori-Ann

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Providence RI Amica Ironman 70.3

This weekends huge event to the state is IRONMAN! The Ultimate Sports Massage Team is ready to go and will be pumped up to provide the world class athletes that are competing & participateing in the event pre event & post event sports massage.

The Sports Massage Team will be at the Expo on Friday & Saturday located at the RI Convention Center. Friday hours of operation will be: 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM and Saturday will be 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM / Charge $1.00 per minute cash only

Come on by to see the sports massage therapists for a last minute "tune-up" before competition!

Each sports massage therapist is highly trained in the application of the appropriate massage technique needed to resolve any muscular issues or relax your tight muscles prior to the event.

This is what we do and we all love our jobs!!!!

I'm excited, I got a new hair cut and I am extremely MOTIVATED for this weekend!

Look forward to seeing you all this weekend!

Always, & the "glitter" will be with us this weekend :o)

Lori-Ann

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

IRONMAN WEEKEND

Ironman weekend is upon us, an exciting time for all of the members of the sports massage team. We are looking forward to the AMICA IRONMAN EXPO to provide the truest form of sports massage before the actual event. The athletes will also look forward to knowing we will be available to them post event, when they will really need our services.

Rain or Shine, we will be ready !

Lori-Ann

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Sports Massage by Professionals!


OK, so here it is... this is what seperates the members of the USMT from other "sports massage" therapists.

We are out on the playing field with you... not stuck in an office:

We are out there actively staying on top of team trainings, our attention to detail, focus & intent of our work, understanding of skeletal & muscle function along with knowing the "in's & out's" of our athletes!

Our ATHLETES encompass: ELITE, PROFESSIONAL, OLYMPIC, COLLEGATE, HIGH SCHOOL, WEEKEND WARRIOR AND INDUSTRIAL... In addition to addressing the needs of our TACTICAL ATHLETE.. Law Enforcement & Military personal

Questions we internalize constantly:

  • how do they use their body?

  • are there any repetative use / strain issues?

  • what muscles come into play?

  • was issue brought on by injury?

  • how can this be resolved?

We are constantly thinking "out-side" the box for quick, goal orientated results!

OUR JOB IS TO GET YOU BACK IN THE GAME!!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

TEAM EVENTS



Here are the EVENTS the Ultimate Sports Massage Team will be participating in for the remainder of 2009.


July 2009:

July 10-12th 09: AMICA IRONMAN,
Providence RI

July 24th 09: BLESSING OF THE FLEET,
Narragansett, RI

August 2009:

August 1st 09: PAN MASS CHALLANGE, Bourne, MA

August 4th 09: NATIONAL NIGHT OUT, Warwick, RI


September 2009:

September 4-7th 09: VA BEACH ROCK & ROLL MARATHON, VA
"Hope 4 the Warriors"- event

September 17-20th 09: MARINE CORPS MUD RUN, SC
* Members of USMT are participating in the run!

September 26th 09: NEW BALANCE CROSS COUNTRY INVITATIONAL, Warwick RI

September 27th 09: BOSTON, MARINE CORPS HONOR RUN, Milton, MA


October 2009:

October 4th 09: RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE 5K, Providence RI

October 18th 09: AMICA MARATHON, Newport RI

October 23-26th 09: MARINE CORPS MARATHON! Washington DC OOORRAHHHH!!
** 5th year participating!
** will staff "Hope 4 the Warriors" tent in charity village

November 2009:

November 8-9th, 09: NEW YORK MARATHON, NY
"Hope 4 the Warriors" - event

December 2009: TEAM CHRISTMAS PARTY!!

If interested in hiring the team for events in 2010, contact us now.. our schedule fills up fast!!

Lori-Ann & TEAM

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Teams 1st Blog Post!

Just returned from the REV3 in Middlebury CT and what an incredible time we had! Looking forward to more exciting events! The next one is the AMICA Ironman 70.3 in Providence RI

See you all there...and the glitter will be with us!

Lori-Ann, LMT
2X Olympic Sports Massage Therapist