Sports injuries have become the second most common reason for visits to the doctors office among the 78 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964. Thats because knees, shoulders, hips, and lower backs are susceptible to wear and tear, especially among the middle-aged weekend athletes.

During the 2005-2006 academic year at Monmouth University, NJ, sports injury specialist and medical massage therapist Roseanna Ellis combined conventional therapy with a do-it-yourself acupressure technique called Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) in her work with varsity athletes. In most cases, she reports, EFT dramatically improved their sports performance and recovery from injuries.

EFT it is a unique version of acupuncture without the use of needles. Instead, well-established energy meridian points on the body are stimulated by tapping on them with your fingertips.

With more than 15 years experience, Ellis says 75% of her private clients are over the age of 40. She says many of them believe they are over the hill, but I am a firm believer in quantum physics and the discovery that your mind and thoughts dictate the behavior of chemicals and hormones that affect your cells and their activities. Adding EFT to therapy sessions or to training in general makes a world of difference.

EFT cant turn everyone into an Olympic medal winner, she says, but it can help anyone reach their athletic potential by decreasing pain and improving coordination, range of motion, stamina, and endurance.

[SOURCE: PR Web, July 9, 2006]