Sport Massage is a label which often leads the consumer confused and deluded about what they are asking for. The words “Deep Tissue” have been synonymous with Sport Massage when this is not necessarily what the athlete is asking for — Athletes want results. The label “Sport Massage Therapist” implies a keen understanding of the body’s physiology and biomechanics, as well as orthopaedic assessment skills and a well-stocked toolbox of techniques to efficiently and effectively resolve the athlete’s physical challenges with training and performance.
From a competitive perspective there are three focuses in working with an athlete — pre-event, post-event and training. Pre-event Massage stimulates circulation, calms nervous tension, and prepares the athlete for optimal performance while reducing the chances of injury while Post-event Massage helps in recovery from hard training and competition. Training Massage, however, focuses on the prevention of developing chronic injuries and aids in the healing process of current ones.
Studies have shown that regular treatment reduces the strain and discomfort of training and developing chronic myofascial strain patterns, allowing the athlete a quicker return to maximum training levels with less likelihood of an injury returning. A proactive and preventive approach to athletic training is also enhanced when soft tissues are free of trigger points and adhesions, thus contributing toward the improvement of peak neuromuscular functioning and optimal performance. Significant competitive advantage is achieved when the athlete’s confidence in their balanced and ideally functioning body in turn boosts their psychological state.
Dena Liebrecht’s Sport Experience
- Canadian Pro Rodeo Sport Medicine Team 2002 – to date
- Sponsor of Jayson Krause, Canadian National Bobsleigh Pilot 2002 – 2008
- Okotoks Bisons Junior Hockey Club Trainer 2002 – 2004
- Marathon Runners, Tri-athletes, Professional Hockey Players, Olympic Athletes, College Football, Provincial Level Gymnasts, Dancers.