WHAT IS SPORTS MASSAGE?
Sports Massage is a special form of massage. It is typically used before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of the massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, drain away fatigue,relieve swelling, reduce muscle tension, promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.
The sports massage actually came from the Swedish massage technique. Sports massage is geared specifically to the athlete. This massage focuses on muscles that have seen a large degree of stress and use, often to the point of overuse. Normally, these are muscles that have seen repetitive and aggressive movement as a part of the overall sport or competition.
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. Massage therapy 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.
Massage Therapy can play an important role in the life of any active individual, whether you are training for an event or simply enjoy a game of baseball with your friends.
Benefits of massage for athletes and active individuals include:
- Reducing tension within muscles, which can lead to better muscle performance
- Improving or preventing the loss of joint and muscle mobility
- Helping prevent injuries from occurring
- Reducing pain that may be experienced following an activity
- Providing treatment after an injury
Massage therapy can treat a variety of sports-related conditions, including:
- Tendonitis and overuse injuries
- Plantar fasciitis
- IT Band syndrome
- Shin splints
- Ankle sprains
- Muscle strains