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Pro-Active Sports Massage On this "umbrella" site you'll find information and links to my work as a sports massage therapist, educator, published author, and inventor. Since 1988, I've maintained an active, international sports massage practice in Colorado Springs, where I specialize in sports massage, soft tissue therapy, facilitated stretching techniques, and kinesiotaping.

Here are some shortcuts to ordering my books directly from Amazon ( I may receive a small commission when you use these links). You can order my new book and/or my classic, Facilitated Stretching directly from Human Kinetics. Follow this link: McAtee Books on Human Kinetics to access my products page at Human Kinetics, make your selections. I had the pleasure of speaking with Haley Winter for his podcast "Hows the Pressure".

Our 53-minute conversation about my 38-year career as a massage therapist, educator, and author covered a lot of ground. This continuing education course includes a text, online video, recorded webinar, study guide, and exam that allows professionals to help clients and athletes enhance performance through PNF stretching techniques.
Highlights

read more › Soft tissue therapy is designed to help people who have sustained injury to their muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues. Injuries that respond well to soft tissue therapy include whiplash; repetitive use syndromes, like carpal tunnel syndrome; low-back pain, tendinitis, ankle sprains, and pulled muscles. In some cases, treatment is covered by insurance. Soft tissue therapy is generally focused on the problem area, as opposed to working on the entire body. Depending on the injury, we may try to schedule two or three appointments per week, which may last anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes.

read more › 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. 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 focuses on 20 of the most common neuromuscular injuries seen in athletes.

read more › Facilitated Stretching, Fourth Edition With Online Video, remains the most trusted resource for proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching, an effective and easy-to-use method that involves stretching the muscle, contracting it isometrically against resistance, and then stretching it again to increase range of motion. Featuring a full-color interior, streamlined organization, and a new online video package, the fourth edition brings PNF stretching beyond the treatment room with the inclusion of techniques for the gym, workout room, and home.

read more › Although facilitated stretching is an easy technique to learn, there are important, if subtle, factors to understand and master. In this section, we describe an easy-to-remember three-step stretching protocol, then discuss critical elements of the technique that must be applied to achieve optimum results. Facilitated stretching incorporates active motion and isometric effort to improve flexibility and enhance motor learning in the process. The stretcher actively moves the limb to lengthen the muscle to be stretched (target muscle, antagonist) to its end-range.

read more › The piriformis is one of six deep lateral hip rotators, all of which insert on some portion of the greater trochanter. When these muscles are hypertonic, they contribute to a toe-out gait, commonly seen in dancers, and they restrict internal rotation of the hip. Stretching the piriformis also stretches the other lateral rotators. This stretch is used to improve medial rotation of the femur. You may have to experiment a little with the starting position of this stretch because each stretcher will feel the muscle stretch in a different position.

read more › The Hand-L 2.0 is. Now proudly made in the USA, the size and shape of Hand-L 2.0 are unchanged from the iconic original, first introduced in 1996. The updated glaze finish on the client contact surfaces has slightly more "drag" than the original to provide better control when working with lubricant on the skin. The Hand-L 2.0 can. It's designed to allow you to perform deep work easily, using leverage, saving strength. Prolong your career by minimizing fatigue and the chance of overuse injury.looks rather like a wavy stick, with a comfortable hand-grip in the middle and two slightly different rounded massage tips projecting out either end.

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