Book: Sports Massage for Injury Care

Enable your clients and patients to get back in the game and live pain free after injury. In Sports Massage for Injury Care, experienced sports therapist Bob McAtee explains the types of soft tissue injury most common in sport and explains why manual therapy is so valuable in treating musculoskeletal injuries.


Available from Human Kinetics


No two injuries are the same. Whether an injury is acute or chronic, you need to understand and treat the underlying cause so you don’t leave your athletes susceptible to re-injury. Sports Massage for Injury Care emphasizes the importance of accurate assessment and evaluation, and it focuses on 20 of the most common neuromuscular injuries seen in athletes. For each featured injury, there are assessment recommendations, treatment options and injury-specific protocols, and self-care options for when the athlete is not on the treatment table.


You will learn the evidence behind the techniques that are most effective, based on clinical research. Each treatment protocol is presented with vivid full-color photos and step-by-step instructions. Detailed anatomical illustrations show you the muscles, joints, and soft tissues involved. Practitioner examples and case studies give you a glimpse into how other practicing professionals use the techniques to help their clients heal quicker and more fully.


Clinical sports massage therapy is often the missing component in injury-rehabilitation programs. With Sports Massage for Injury Care, you have the ultimate practical resource for relieving pain and getting your clients and patients back to their athletic endeavors and daily activities as quickly as possible.


CE exam available! For certified professionals, a companion continuing education exam can be completed after reading this book. The Sports Massage for Injury Care Online CE Exam may be purchased separately or as part of the Sports Massage for Injury Care With CE Exam package that includes both the book and the exam.



Practical reference for experienced sport massage therapists, sport physicians, physiotherapists, manual therapists, and athletic trainers.


Table of Contents

Part I. Foundational Knowledge

Chapter 1. Concepts and Principles
The Process of Clinical Reasoning
Pain Science
Chapter 2. Reviewing Soft Tissue Types
Connective Tissue
Chapter 3. Principles of Assessment
HOPS Method
Assessing Active, Passive, and Resisted Motion
Additional Tests
Perpetuating Factors


Part II. A Closer Look at Injury and Repair

Chapter 4. Soft Tissue Injury
Acute Injuries
Chronic Injuries
Soft Tissue Injury Repair Process
Chapter 5. Soft Tissue Techniques
Compressive Effleurage
Compressive Petrissage
Broad Cross-Fiber Stroke
Longitudinal Stripping
Pin-and-Stretch Techniques
Isolytic Contractions
Deep Transverse Friction
Facilitated Stretching


Part III. Common Neuromuscular Injuries

Chapter 6. Treatment of Lower-Extremity Soft Tissue Injuries
Achilles Tendinopathy
Lateral Ankle Sprain
Groin Strain
Hamstring Tendinopathy
Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
Patellar Tendinopathy
Peroneal (Fibularis) Tendinopathy
Plantar Fasciitis/Fasciopathy
Shin Splints
Chapter 7. Treatment of Upper-Extremity Soft Tissue Injuries
Rotator Cuff
Tennis Elbow
Golfer’s Elbow
Bicipital Tendinopathy
Chapter 8. Sports Massage for Nerve Entrapment Syndromes
Quadrilateral Space Syndrome (QSS)
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
Piriformis Syndrome (PS)