However... It is extremely rewarding to be part of the overall big picture with your athletes. You are a key member of their sports med support group. They count on you, they look to you for your expertise and mastery of your specialized skill.
I've been working with this Team for the last week and I have another week to go. The great thing about this group is they know their bodies and what they want as far as treatments go.
Your either going to be providing spot treatments on issues that arise during a training run or a regular workout to the pre event Sports Massage Flush.
The athletes also have set ways on how & when they get the work done.
Listen to them! Especially if they are veterans of the sport.
Don't overwhelm them with your presence. Just let them know that your there for them and will take care of their issues when they arise.
All too often I see various sports medical personal get bit by the "athlete persona" and completely ruin a good thing. You see, when your traveling with athletes... You are all a captive audience - your stuck with each other for 2-3 weeks at a time. If you are over bearing and in the athletes "face" all the time... They will come to resent that and avoid you like the plague. DON'T BE THAT GUY!!!
This also brings me to the next point: Your working with athletes... Bring your sports massage "A" game "toolbox". For the love of god don't bring your spa- relaxing-Swedish style massage routine with you. They want and need you to be able to address and treat their muscular needs. But at the same time, pay attention. These athletes also don't need to be "injured" because you overworked them and created a muscular issue.
I'm always amazed... Stupefied more like it when I hear things like:
• The other MT worked so hard I had bruises for weeks
• I had to actually tell the MT to stop because they were hurting me
• I felt like the MT was giving me an "Indian sunburn" while massaging me
Oh the list goes on...
As I always say: know your subject matter, the human body. Know your muscular & skeletal systems, know the origin and insertion sitrs of muscles.
Understand how the "mechanism of injury" comes about and to immediately start the healing process thru sports massage and muscular therapy.
There is a new and exciting trend in sports massage... You might want to look into it.... It's the USMT "bell curve"
Thanks for allowing me to rant a little..
Always & with the glitter!!