The last several decades have witnessed a dramatic rise in the level of athletic performance. Advances in training and conditioning techniques are allowing the human body to become a finely tuned machine. The limits of speed, endurance and strength are pushed every day and each year brings new world records. The leap in performance can be attributed to any number of key factors:
- improved equipment;
- enhanced understanding of how nutrition fuels the body;
- enlightened attitudes about psychological aspects of competition;
- scientific advances in the study of body structure and function.
American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) has been an active participant in the formulation of new performance enhancement techniques. The growing awareness and use of sports massage therapy, a valuable addition to other manual therapies and treatments, has become a key component of the high performance mix, as much a part of an athlete's critical discipline as a carefully monitored diet. AMTA and its National Sports Massage Team (NSMT) are integral parts of the new athletic regimen from sports medicine clinics, to college training rooms, to professional locker rooms, AMTA members are helping athletes work their way to even greater success. What is Therapeutic Massage?