Working with Athletes: Recognizing When Pressure to Perform Is Hurting Them as Much as the Sport
If you’re a massage therapist who works with professional, semi-professional, or even weekend athletes, you might find yourself confronted with a client whose pain seems to go deeper than their muscles. The competitive athlete can also find him or herself wading in a field of high-stakes, overly pressurized game-playing can cause them to sacrifice their health — both physical and mental. If you find yourself asking your client, “So, what’s going on?” — and receiving feedback that indicates they’re dealing with overly-stressful, damaging, or critical environments, check out this blog on working with athletes who might be experiencing mental health traumas.
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“I have had the opportunity to work closely with amazing Massage Therapists. I have witnessed them explore the physical concerns being presented and beautifully ask questions about what happened: where the pain is; what causes the pain; and skilfully inquire.
I have also witnessed the creation of trust, relationships, and a general camaraderie that exists between two people investing in one another for even a short period of time. This creates an incredible opportunity for you to explore further.
Does your athlete appear to be:
- Unable to concentrate
- Not getting things done
- Tired/sick/run down
- Experiencing recurring injuries
- Recovering from concussion
Plain and simple does something just seem off?”
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