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The Role of Sports Massage in Injury Prevention and Absence Management

The Role of Sports Massage in Injury Prevention and Absence Management

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The Role of Sports Massage in Injury Prevention and Absence Management

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  1. The Role of Sports Massage in Injury Prevention and Absence Management Ben Scott BSc (hons) MSMA

  2. What is Sports Massage? • Soft tissue therapy - Muscles - Tendons - Ligaments • Effleurage • Compression • Torque • Vibration • Dermal lifting • Tapotement • Stretching • Aims to restore muscles to their normal resting length

  3. When is Sports Massage Useful? • 3 Sports phases: - Pre-event - Intermediate - Post-event • Injury Prevention • Rehabilitation • Relaxation - Clinically - Psychologically • Aims to restore muscles to their normal resting length

  4. What can Sports Massage do? • Inadequate clinical research, therefore limited evidence • Massive anecdotal evidence • Restores muscles to their normal resting length • Helps maintain optimum muscle condition • Effective in treating back pain • Reduces risk of Occupational Overuse Syndrome • Decreases Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) • Effective in treating Chronic Compartment Syndrome

  5. Absence • UK Health and Safety Executive on Fire Service absence: “The injury and ill health rates are above average” “Scope for significant improvement”

  6. Absence statistics • Local government (inc. police and fire) 10.9 days/year £644 /employee/year • Private services 6.8 days/year £568 /employee/year • Manufacturing services 8.4 days/year £624 /employee/year • Australian public sector (2001-02) = any one day 1 in 20 employees absent (unscheduled leave) • In 2005 the local government absence rate was unchanged from 2004

  7. Absence statistics cntd…. •  Size of agency =  Rate of absence •  Size of agency =  Length of absence • Small % of employees account for bulk of sick leave e.g. 20% - No days 17% -  10 days • The vast majority of people want to get back to work

  8. Health  Lifestyle  Accidents  Culture Family Management Action  Work related Minor illness Back pain  Musculo-skeletal injuries  Stress  Recurring medical conditions Main causes of absence

  9. Absence Management • 3 Main strategies: - Record absence statistics - Early intervention  - Targets / Benchmarking • “Early medical intervention will significantly speed up recovery and reduce absence due to sickness and ill-health” (Worcester NHS Trust) • “Reducing absence is not just about policies and procedures. It is about skills and roles” • Sports Massage can provide necessary skills and play an important role

  10. Role of a Sports Massage Practitioner Absence prevention • Assessment • Advice • Treatment • Maintenance bodywork • Relaxation / Revitalising Absence limitation / reduction • Assessment • Advice • Treatment • Referral

  11. Without Sports Massage With Sports massage Sports Massage as an early intervention

  12. What level of qualifications are there in Sports Massage? 3 Levels of qualification: • Government funded vocational training ‘level 3’      - ITEC, VTCT, Premier IQ qualifications      - predominately run in local FE colleges though some private providers run these awards      - the National Occupational Standards are currently written that those graduating are qualified to work ‘under supervision of doctor or physiotherapist’, so not covered to work as self-employed/independent practitioners (although many do!) • Private training providers – ‘self-regulated’ - standards vary enormously, there are even some online massage courses available! • SMA accredited courses – SMA assures standards and quality of training and as such the graduates have met the minimum requirements for 'independent practice'

  13. References • Absence Management, A Survey of Policy and Practice 2005. Chartered Institute of Professional Development • Absence Management in the Australian Public Service. Audit Report No. 52, 2002-03 • The effects of Massage on delayed onset muscle soreness. Br J Sports Med 2003; 37,72-75 • Effects of Massage on delayed-onset muscle soreness, swelling and recovery of muscle function. J Athl Tr 2005 Jul-Sep; 40(3), 174-180 • Preliminary evidence of the short term effectiveness of alternative treatments for lower back pain. Technol and Healthcare; 13(6), 453-462 • Effective physical treatment for chronic lower back pain. Orthop Clin North Am 2004 Jan; 35(1), 57-64 • A review of the evidence for the effectiveness, safety and cost of acupuncture, massage therapy and spinal manipulation for back pain. Ann Intern Med 2003 Jun 3; 138(11), 898-906 • Massage treatment for back pain. BMJ 2003 March 15; 326(7389), 562-563