Sports Massage

Sports massage is a systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body that focuses on muscles relevant to a particular sport. It is designed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. This is especially helpful for athletes who expose their muscles to daily, intensive conditioning.

Sports massage is designed to prepare the athlete for their best performance, reduce fatigue, and relieve muscle swelling and tension. During physical activity—especially strenuous—muscle tension builds up in the body’s soft tissues. Due to overextension or overuse, minor injuries and lesions occur in these tissues that can cause a great deal of pain and poor athletic performance. Sports massage helps alleviate pain and prevent such injuries that greatly affect flexibility, mobility, response time, and overall performance in athletic events.

Sports massage should be applied before and after athletic events, with many “maintenance” sessions in-between meets or competitions. Pre-event massage is focuses on warming-up the major muscles to be used and improves tissue pliability. It also helps get the athlete in a good mental state for competition and prepares them to reach their athletic performance potential. Post-event massage is given following an athletic event and is mainly focused upon recovery. This type of sports massage is geared toward reducing muscle spasms and metabolic build-up that occur with vigorous exercise.

Integrated into a weekly training regimen, athletes may avoid DOMS, relax and revitalize muscles, and feel calmer and more focused before and after events.

How does Sports Massage work?

Many different movements and techniques are used in sports massage. Examples of these techniques include; Swedish massage, friction (which involves applying deep pressure to tissues repeatedly to break down adhesions and soften scar tissue), stretching, and trigger points. These movements and techniques are used to try to help the athlete’s body achieve maximum performance and physical conditioning with a decreased chance of injury or pain and a quicker recovery. frictioning techniques.

Key benefits of Sports Massage:

Many benefits from sports massage have been reported based on experience and observation. Some of the benefits are to the mind (psychological) and some are to the body (physiological). Possible side effects of sports massage are tenderness or stiffness for 1 to 2 days after the sports massage.  Some of the reported benefits include:

  • Increased blood flow
  • Increased joint range of motion (ROM)
  • Increased flexibility
  • Increased sense of well-being
  • Decreased muscle tension
  • Decreased chance of injury
  • Decreased recovery time between workouts
  • Decreased muscle spasms

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