Sports massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. The emphasis is on prevention and/or healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons.
It is beneficial for anyone participating in a regular exercise schedule or those who enjoy a deeper massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. The massage therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area during a session.
What To Expect
Sports massage is a deep tissue massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Some sports massage movements use trigger point therapy and myofascial release techniques to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion.
When To Have A Sports Massage
Pre-event sports massage – Try have a sports massage up to 2 days before an event, allowing the therapist to address any last minute issues and advise on further stretching. It is directed toward the parts of the body that will be involved in the exertion. This will also allow you to begin an event mentally and physically prepared.
Post-event sports massage–This will help flush out any accumulated metabolic waste, speeding up your recovery time. It restores all muscles and tendons to their correct tension and improves range of movement in joints.
Maintenance sports massage – To be had with regular intervals according to training and event schedule. It allows the athlete to train harder and with less injury. It restores all muscles and tendons to their correct tension and improves range of movement in joints.
Rehabilitative sports massage — aimed at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to health.The aim is to manage the injury, allowing you to still pro-actively cross train without losing any fitness or muscle wastage.
A sports massage is a good choice if you have a specific problem – a tender knee from running, for instance. The therapist will then generally focus in on the problem area, rather than giving you a full-body massage, except when you are at the stage when you just require maintenance. It should form part of your regular training program, enabling you to maximize your potential. It is for anyone from the social jogger, avid golf player to the serious athlete.