Meet Our Sponsors: Subiaco Sports Massage Clinic

Swimmers will be very glad to hear Subiaco Sports Massage Clinic has returned as a sponsor of the 2017 Port to Pub and will once again be providing free sports massage services at the finish line to work through those post-swim aches, as well as discounted treatments in the lead-up to the event. 

Subiaco Sports Massage Clinic has also put its name to a big name in the swim this year and will be sponsoring Jarrod Poort’s solo 25km effort in the 2017 Port to Pub.

Subiaco Sports Massage Clinic is owned and run by soft-tissue therapist Bernd Adolph. Well known in swimming circles, Bernd has built the business up to become WA’s foremost sports massage clinic. Bernd originally trained as a physiotherapist in Germany, he has worked as a member of the medical support staff at six Olympic games.

In regards to the benefits of massage in treating sports injuries, Bernd says: “Sports massage by a qualified professional offers benefits for every kind of athlete, including elite swimmers. Sports massage is a deeper type of massage that works specifically with soft-tissue injuries.”

 The benefits include the ability to:

  • Recover more efficiently from heavy work-out or training sessions
  • Train harder for longer and get fitter faster without the usual injury dramas
  • Reduce annoying muscle pain and other soft-tissue injuries during training
  • Extend your athletic career
  • Achieve your best at crunch time, when it counts.

Muscular health allows top-level athletes to maintain high-intensity training for longer, optimizing the function and range-of-motion which is the springboard to that stand-out performance in competition.

Bernd says: “Over the past twenty years of travelling with the Australian Swim Team, I have applied a range of effective soft-tissue therapy techniques to enhance performance, reduce the risk of injury and improve recovery.”

For swimmers training hard for the Port to Pub event, Bernd says: “In the lead-up to the Port to Pub, training may increase the incidence of tension areas within the muscle (trigger points), muscle shortening and even tendinopathy and supraspinatus impingement syndrome.  Pain or muscle tightness is usually the first warning sign alerting the swimmer to these issues.”

By strategically scheduling soft-tissue treatments at times of higher intensity training (as well as before and directly after the event), Bernd says swimmers can prevent these problems from impacting on their race or becoming a chronic condition. “Soft-tissue treatments during the swimmer’s training regime can enable a better swim by ensuring the body is moving well, training is maximised and recovery is quicker,” he adds.

Bernd says he’s often described by athletes as the ‘one percenter’. In other words, the work that the Clinic does for athletes at this level of competition is very discrete. “I may treat a tiny change – a tightening - in an athlete’s fascia in a shoulder muscle. This may in turn deliver a small improvement in that swimmer’s range of motion. These athletes spend hours and hours in the pool every day and are acutely attuned to their bodies; they notice things that the average person could not. They know precisely how they need to feel in the water in order to swim at their best. This may come down to addressing a slightly aggravated trigger point in a hip or shoulder. But these small improvements have the capacity to make a difference to results in the pool or on the field. We are there to keep the athletes at that highest possible level of ability for as long as possible.”

Port to Pub would also like to congratulate Subiaco Sports Massage Clinic staff member and four time Paralympian Jeremy McClure, who completed a double crossing of the Rottnest Channel late last year in 14 hours 08 minutes. Jeremy is a 4 x Paralympian and is blind, so his feat was doubly amazing and simply inspirational. He raised money for the Alzheimer’s Association. Congratulations Jeremy!

Pic: Cameron McEvoy, Matt Abood, Bernd Adolph, coach Richard Scarce, Kyle Chalmers at the Rio Olympics.

Jan 12 2017 - 8:30am