Al Devereaux

Russian Sports Massage and Swimming Injuries, Part 2

Overuse Leads to Abuse

Last time we discussed various types of injuries which can plague swimmers. Here, the specific Russian Sports Massage treatment for those injuries will be discussed.

The injuries were grouped into overuse, trauma-related and environmental. We also alluded to the fact that even though these injuries occur in swimming, the same injuries can happen in other sports and everyday activities. Therefore, the treatments presented here would also be appropriate for the same conditions found in the general population and other sports.

Russian Sports Massage and Swimming Injuries, Part 1

Applying the Principles

One of the most gratifying aspects of my work with Williams College swimmers was utilizing Russian Sports Massage when addressing their injuries. This part of the sports massage program can also become one of the most frustrating if the therapist doesn’t obtain the expected results. Most of the time, thank goodness, I am gratified and not frustrated. We, as massage therapists, sometimes expect too much out of what we do and when the outcome is not as quick or as complete as we’d like, we become frustrated.

Running Injuries, Part 3

Russian Sports Massage and Hamstring Strain

Hamstring injuries can be extremely frustrating to the runner. Small tears that seem insignificant can lead to major problems if left untreated. Prevention is usually the best cure. Therefore, it is important that runners maintain good flexibility. A stretching program is very important. As a former coach and runner, I prefer a ballistic type of stretching which mimics the range of motion that occurs during the activity. Certain types of running drills can be an excellent form of stretching. Muscles should be thoroughly warmed before beginning any kind of stretching program.