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About Sports Therapy

Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability. It utilises the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the participant for training, competition and where applicable, as per the training regime.

Knowledge, skills and abilities of a Sports Therapist

Utilise sports and exercise principles

To optimise performance, preparation and injury prevention programmes.

Provide the immediate care of injuries

Care of injuries and basic life support in a recreational, training & competitive environment.

Threat Assessment

Assess threat and when appropriate, refer on for specialist advice and intervention.

Sports Recovery

Provide appropriate sport and remedial massage in a training, sport & exercise context.

Rehabilitation and Recovery

Plan and implement appropriate rehabilitation programmes.

Mobility Therapy

Mobility, muscle range improvement,activation of muscles.

Sport and Exercise Therapy is not just about Massage!

Sports Therapists

Sagar Pujari

Sagar has worked as a sports therapist since 2007.He has worked with the Mumbai Cricket Association - Ranji Trophy for 8 years, worked with IPL teams Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab & Mumbai Indians. He has also worked with many celebrities as well. He has a K-11 Certification for Personal Training for anatomy , kinesiology, physiology andsports nutrition.

He visualises Sports Therapy as an upcoming career option. He believes that sports therapy is currently undervalued, which he confidently thinks will be eventually given its place. As a sports therapist, Sagar is always trying to learn and grow. Doing courses, attending seminars and keeping himself updated with the latest standards and techniques.

Divya Pujari

Divya Pujari is a sports therapist. Experience : 2016 Assistance for West Indies team during finals and semi finals Working with Sagar Pujari for the past 4 years.Divya has mastered physio blade technique. She is a mobility specialist as well.

MUSCLE ACTIVE TECHNIQUE

Muscle Active Technique is a freelancing firm, that has its own team of therapists trained and mentored by Sagar Pujari.

Benefits and importance of an Sports Therapy

Lactic acid toxins are produced due to various reasons. For example, when you work out, and your muscles get damaged, they produce lactic acid toxins. Basically, the fatigue you feel, is the body fighting the lactic acid toxins. Once the toxins are flushed out and your muscles open up, your performance standards improve at the gym for weight training or any other fitness activity.

Stretching/workout only forms the first step of damaging the muscles, the muscle recovery part is what is sports therapy. Besides flushing out Lactic acid toxins, sports therapy also ensures opening of knots that are present in the muscle fibres, if these fibres are not damaged through sports therapy, they wont open fully. This opening of muscle fibres results in increasing the muscle range.

People often complain that their muscles are locked. For example people injure their shoulders during chest workouts, they get ' muscle spasms' during back workouts, all these things form a connective group, just like how hip flexors and psoas cover the entire body. In the event, that you do not have a correct posture for the same, which is your trainers job, sports therapy will have a bigger role to play in getting things right for you. It is very important for the muscles to open through muscle recovery. The opening up of all muscle fibers, at a deep level, and correctly, is a science, that involves understanding of the anatomy.

Incase you get any injury, you need to get rehabilitated. You will have to interrupt your daily schedule/routine for atleast 2-3 months, which will not happen if you regularly come for a sports Therapy session. Let it be your training/fitness or any other activity, if you use sports therapy as means for recovery, you will not have to take any sort of breaks. When you take breaks between your trainings, you need a lot of motivation to resume again, since you need to resume from scratch.

Stages of an Injury

Important Techniques

Soft tissue therapy is the manipulation of the soft tissues of the body i.e. muscles, connective tissue/fascia, tendons, ligaments and joints. Soft tissue therapy helps alleviate the soft tissue discomfort associated with everyday and occupational stresses, muscular over-use and many chronic pain conditions. If employed early enough after accidents involving trauma and injury, soft tissue therapy can greatly reduce the development of painful muscular patterning.

Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate. Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)

A type of massage therapy, deep tissue massage uses firm pressure and slow strokes to reach deeper layers of muscle and fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles). It's used for chronic aches and pain and contracted areas such as a stiff neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. It's used to break up scar tissue and physically break down muscle "knots" or adhesions (bands of painful, rigid tissue) that can disrupt circulation and cause pain, limited range of motion, and inflammation.

Dry cups, that are used in the cupping technique, pull the lactic acid toxins to the skin, which later get flushed out by two means. The lymphatic nodes take the toxins to the heart which will then pump back clean blood, and the toxins that are not carried to the heart are flushed out through urine.

IASTM stands for Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation This is done using the scrapping or blading method. This therapy clearly helps in releasing the muscle stress. Friction is created using the blade by scratching it on the body which in turns helps in pulling the toxins from the muscles to the skin. It’s a less painful technique and can be compared to the soft tisuue therapy. This is a great technique to use for muscle spasms.

This Massage therapy is sometimes done using essential oils as a form of aromatherapy.

Worked For



Kris Gethin is a well renowned celebrity trainer from UK. Sagar Pujari has worked with him at a close level. This video shows Sagar's work with Kris Gethin, which was a requirement for his BODYBUILDING.COM Series, and you can understand from this, the work involved and the reasons to get Sports Therapy done!

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