Injuries are tough...maybe even more so for young athletes due to not only the taxing physical recovery, but the mental and emotional aspects that go along with trying to make it back. Kids are pushed hard these days due to a very competitive world, and resting is considered "over-rated" by many. However, keep in mind that over training and repetitive muscle actions increase the rate of an injury, particularly for teens who are more vulnerable due to changing bodies.This overuse may result in joint pain, muscle exhaustion and inflammation that may lead to more serious injuries, especially when you add in the "growth" factor...yes, teens are growing!
So, how can we help our young athletes mitigate injury that is often a result of overuse, besides the obvious, rest? Massage of course. Massage is a common facet for professional athletes and is gaining momentum for amateurs as well. Tom Smith, athletic trainer for the Orlando Magic, was interviewed in an article by the Massage Therapy Foundation and mentioned that massage can have "very powerful healing results" and he is a huge believer in it. Isn't it cool that you, as a parent, can offer the same healing touch to your young athlete that professional athletes are getting?
Let's take a look at the benefits of sports massage: