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OC Water Polo Sports Massage Therapy: Keeping Youth Water Polo Athletes in the Water & Away from Injury

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Are you tired of battling chronic pain from intense training and injuries? Hey there, coaches, parents, and young athletes! Are you all about leveling up your  Water Polo skills while keeping injuries at bay? We’re going to talk about how neuromuscular therapy (NMT) can help water polo players stay strong and healthy. NMT is a type of massage that helps muscles and nerves work better together. It’s super helpful for athletes like water polo players who use their muscles a lot.

What is Neuromuscular Therapy?

Neuromuscular therapy is a special kind of massage that helps your muscles feel better. It focuses on finding and fixing tight spots in your muscles called trigger points. These trigger points can cause pain and make it hard for you to move the way you need to during training and in the water.

Why Neuromuscular Therapy?

Water polo is a tough sport. Players use their whole body to swim, throw, and defend. This can make muscles tired and sore. NMT can help by:

  1. Reducing Pain: It helps to find and fix tight spots in muscles, called trigger points.

  2. Improving Flexibility: It makes muscles more flexible, which can help prevent injuries.

  3. Faster Recovery: It helps muscles heal faster after hard games and practices.

Common Trigger Points and Where They Are

Trigger points are small, tight spots in muscles that can cause pain. Here are some common trigger points for water polo players and the muscles they affect:


  1. Muscles: Deltoids, rotator cuff muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, subscapularis).

  2. Trigger Points: Often found in the deltoids and rotator cuff muscles, these can cause shoulder pain and limit arm movement.


  • Muscles: Trapezius, levator scapulae.

  • Trigger Points: Common in the upper trapezius and levator scapulae muscles, these points can lead to neck stiffness and headaches.

Lower Back:

  • Muscles: Erector spinae, quadratus lumborum.

  • Trigger Points: Found in the lower back muscles, trigger points here can cause lower back pain and discomfort.


  • Muscles: Gluteus medius, piriformis, iliopsoas.

  • Trigger Points: These points in the hip muscles can cause pain in the hips and legs, affecting swimming and treading water.

Injuries Based on Player Position

Different positions in water polo can lead to different injuries:


  • Common Injuries: Shoulder impingement, elbow tendinitis.

  • Affected Muscles: Rotator cuff muscles, triceps, and forearm muscles.

Field Players:

  • Common Injuries: Hip flexor strain, lower back pain, knee injuries.

  • Affected Muscles: Hip flexors (iliopsoas), lower back muscles (erector spinae), quadriceps, and hamstrings.

How OC Elite Recovery Can Help

At OC Elite Recovery in San Clemente, CA, we specialize in helping athletes with neuromuscular therapy. Our therapists know how to find and fix trigger points to keep you playing your best. We help with:

  • Personalized Treatments: We create a plan just for you, targeting specific muscles and trigger points.

  • Expert Care: Our therapists are trained to help athletes.

  • Convenient Location: We’re right here in San Clemente.

Unlocking Scholarships and Professional Goals

Dreaming of scoring a scholarship or going pro? Well, guess what? Investing in your body now with neuromuscular therapy can pay off big time later. It’s all about staying in the game and reaching for those stars. By keeping your body in top shape, you can play your best, avoid injuries, and impress scouts and coaches.

Explore the Referral Pain Chart:

By applying pressure on the X marks for 10 to 20 seconds, you may feel referral pain in the blue areas, providing insights into the interconnected nature of pain in the body.

Understanding these trigger points and their referred pain patterns is essential for targeted treatment and effective relief. Book a session at OC Elite Recovery to address the root cause and experience lasting relief.

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Take Action: Book Your Appointment at OC Elite Recovery Today!

If you want to feel better, play your best, and chase those scholarship and professional dreams, book an appointment with OC Elite Recovery today! We’ll help you stay strong, flexible, and ready for the game.

Don’t wait until pain holds you back. Schedule your neuromuscular therapy session today at OC Elite Recovery in San Clemente!

Pain has a pattern. When you come in for your session there is no guessing what soft tissue is contributing to your pain we are well verse in the pain patterns of the body. Your nervous system is the command center for your body the nerve trunk that supplies a specific joint also supplies the muscles of the joint, as well as the tendons, skin and related muscles. This complex system regulates your body’s systems & guides almost everything you do and allows you to experience your environment. The nervous system holds the key to the body’s incredible potential to heal itself.

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Tiffany Sandoval

Hi I'm Tiffany Sandoval, OC's trusted Elite Pain Relief & Mobility Expert with over 13 years. My expertise is backed by certifications in Neuromuscular Therapy, FST-Neuromyofascial Tissue Practice, and Vodder Certified Manual Lymph Drainage, allowing me to offer specialized care tailored to your needs. Let's work together to unlock your body's potential, regain mobility, and pave the way for a pain-free, active lifestyle. Connect with her here or on LinkedIn.

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