Sports Massage Therapy

Benefits of Sports Massage Therapy

Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The techniques of Sports Massage are specific to the athlete’s sport of choice, particularly focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.

Aspects of sports massage are gaining popularity as useful components in a balanced training regimen. Sports massage can be used as a means to enhance pre-event preparation and reduce recovery time for maximum performance during training or after an event. Athletes have discovered that specially designed sports massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries and prepares the body and mind for optimal performance.

One of the key benefits of sports massage compared to other modalities is its ability to target muscle-tendon junctions. A 2010 study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning research found that even a 30-second massage improved hip-flexor range of motion. Another study conducted by Margaret Jones, Ph.D. of the American College of Sports Medicine, demonstrated a notable trend toward decreased muscle soreness in the athletes who received massage either before or after exercise.

For anyone participating in regular physical activity, sports massage therapy every week or two may be a great addition to your normal regimen.


Rich has spent the last 15 years studying exercise, biomechanics, neurology, massage and bodywork. His passion is helping people move more efficiently and comfortably. He continues to educate himself in the field of body work and movement. Most recently he attended an advanced myofascial training workshop.

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science from Oregon State University in 1998, Rich was a personal/group trainer for a few years. His clientele at the time was comprised of those experiencing some sort of injury or physical limitation. He began using a lot of hands on bodywork techniques and soon realized he wanted to get licensed as a massage therapist. Since then Rich has been using a blend of exercise, movement therapy and massage/bodywork techniques to help his clients move more efficiently, easily and without pain.

In his leisure time, he enjoys training his competitive freestyle Frisbee dogs, Makani and Allie, golfing, kiteboarding, martial arts, drumming, spending time with his wife Katie and…….as of the last few months, Crossfit.

Rich is confident that he can use his knowledge, experience and expertise at Beaverton Strength and Conditioning to help the athletes here achieve ridiculous levels of performance and wellness.

  • Bachelor of Science Exercise and Sport Science, Human Health Performance  – Oregon State University, 1998
  • Oregon School of Massage, 2002
  • Licensed Massage Therapist #9601 – Oregon Board of Massage Therapists (OBMT), 2002
  • Chiropractic Assistant – Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners (OBCE), 2006
  • National Certification Board of Massage Therapy and Bodywork (NCBTMB), 2002
  • Certified Neurological Bodyworker, Diplomate American Functional Neurology Society, 2013
  • Associated Bodywork and Massage Practitioners (ABMP), 2000.
  • CrossFit Level 1 trainer
  • Red Cross First Responder CPR/First Aid

Set up a time to talk with Rich about a plan that will work best with your training schedule and budget in mind.

You can give Rich a call at 503-939-2524 or email him at rroskopf@beavertoncrossfit.com

If you have worked with Rich and just want to book an appointment you can do so online by clicking the link below

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