So we all know that the Olympic athletes are getting massages - sports massages to be exact. What is a sports massage and the history behind it? Check out the following article.
A Brief History of Sports Massage
Sports massage is on the leading edge of therapies utilized by modern athletes, and it has a long and rich history. In 1812, Swedish fencing master and gymnast Pehr Henrik Ling combined the strokes of what we know as Swedish massage with remedial exercises, calling his technique kinesiotherapy. Sports massage was used by athletes in Europe throughout the 20th century, but was relatively unknown in the U.S. until an incredible performance at the 1972 Olympic Games by Finnish track and field athlete Lasse Virén. He credited receiving deep friction massage to winning both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs.
In the 1970s, James Cyriax, M.D., known as the father of orthopedic medicine, developed a series of deep friction techniques for massage therapy that continues to be used in sports medicine today. In 1980, Jack Meagher published his book Sports Massage, which created incredible interest in high-impact, therapeutic massage for athletes. In early 1984, Robert King, L.M.T., (1948–2013) succeeded Myk Hungerford, P.T., Ph.D. (1926–2008) as national director of education for the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) National Sports Massage Team.
At the AMTA national convention in Omaha, Nebraska, King and AMTA Immediate Past President Thomas Fink were commissioned by the national board to create a national sports massage certification program, and in 1985 the AMTA National Sports Massage team was formed. Pioneers like Benny Vaughn, L.M.T., A.T.C., C.S.C.S., N.C.T.M.B., Hungerford and Carol Kresge, L.M.T., started teaching sports massage workshops.
from: A Brief History of Sports Massage
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