Sports Massage Therapy: The Benefits

Thursday, July 14, 2016

 

What is Sports Massage Therapy?

 

Sports Massage Therapy involves the methodical manipulation of the body's soft tissue. It is geared towards individuals participating in sporting activities. Sports Massage is used to avert muscular injury, prepares the body for physical activity, maintains optimal health and improves athletic performance. It also aids in pain relief and improves flexibility and range of motion. Various forms of Sports Massage may be applied: pre-event, inter-event, post-event and maintenance. Whilst Sports Massage Therapy has many benefits, there are also instances in which it should be avoided.

 

What is a Pre-Event Sports Massage?

 

The goal of a Pre-Event Sports Massage is to get the athlete game ready. It is usually a 5 to 20 minute Sports Massage done within one hour before the event. This type of Sports Massage enhances the athlete's mental preparation, decreases apprehension and competition stress, and increases mental clarity and alertness.

 

What is an Inter-Event Sports Massage?

 

The goal of an Inter-Event Sports Massage is to help the athlete cool down from a previous event and prepare for the next one. It usually lasts between 2 to 15 minutes and occurs between events. An Inter-Event Sports Massage keeps the athlete's muscles warm and preserves muscular and joint flexibility.

 

What is a Post-Event Sports Massage?

 

The goal of a Post-Event Sports Massage is to help the athlete recover and recuperate. This form of Sports Massage normally occurs after the athlete's event as part of the cool down process. It decreases inflammation and recovery time. It may also recognize new or potential injuries.

 

What is Maintenance Sports Massage?

 

Maintenance Sports Massage normally occurs weekly as part of an athlete's training program. Depending on the intensity of the exercise, this could occur more frequently. This form of Sports Massage improves blood circulation, decreases the development of scar tissue and improves range of motion and flexibility.

 

What are the benefits?

 

Not restricted to this list, Sports Massage Therapy has the following benefits:

 

 

  • Prevention of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS)

  • Pain and stress relief

  • Relaxation

  • Improved range of motion

  • Enhanced athletic performance

  • Injury prevention

  • Increased energy levels

  • Quicker recovery

 

Contraindications of Sports Massage: When is it not recommended to have one?

 

Contraindications involve circumstances where a Sports Massage should not be performed. This includes but is not limited to the following:

 

  • Open wounds and burns

  • Muscular and tendon ruptures

  • Broken bones

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Tumors

  • High blood pressure

  • Infectious diseases

  • Varicose veins

  • Deep Vein Thrombosis

  • The first trimester of pregnancy

  • Sunburn

Willing to give it a try? Book your Sports Massage session with Muscle Management today. Remember to like our Instagram and Facebook pages to be updated on our current rates and special offers.

 

Also be on the lookout for next week's blog: Stretching Techniques and Flexibility.

 

Until then, cheers!

 

 

References

 

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  5. http://www.livestrong.com/article/115532-benefits-sports-massage-therapy/

  6. http://www.healthfitnessmag.com/Health-Fitness-Magazine/February-2013/Benefits-Of-Massage-For-Athletes/

  7. http://www.pacificcollege.edu/news/blog/2014/07/21/benefits-sports-massage

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  9. http://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/treatments-therapies/sports-massage/contraindications-massage

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