What is Sports Massage?
Sports Massage is a special form of massage and is typically used before,
during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the
athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to
reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.
Purpose of Sports Massage
The main purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the
stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical
activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or
overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. The massage will
help prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to
relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to
prevent injuries. Sports massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that
so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an
athlete or a once a week jogger.
Types of Techniques
Depending on the needs of the athlete, a variety of techniques are used.
The technique often involves a blend of traditional Relaxation Massage and
Shiatsu specifically designed to treat professional athletes.
Each type of sport has different demands on the players. Each sport uses
muscle groups in a different way. Sports massage is designed to address those
specific concerns and may differ according to the sport the athlete plays.
Sports massage can be aimed to help heal strained muscles and allow healthy
ones to reach peak performance and maintain it while minimizing the risk of
Benefits of Sports Massage
Sports massage has many benefits;
Reduces the heart rate and blood pressure
Increases blood circulation and lymph flow
Reduces muscle tension, improves flexibility
Each sport and athletic event uses muscle groups in a different way.
Sports Massage can also include pre-event, post-event and maintenance
techniques that promote greater athletic endurance and performance, and to lessen
chances of injury and reduce recovery time.