What is Sports Massage?
Sports Massage involves a focused indepth understanding of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology and modalities set forth by the massage profession. Sports massage begins with an assessment, treatment and finally achieving the goal set by the athlete and therapist. If you are preparing for a one-time event, you are the weekend athlete or the eilite athlete of any age one may benefit from a Sports Massage. While in treatment the body is seen as a whole not just focusing in one specific muscle or area but to improve the overall functionality of the body. The treatment plan may vary with the complaint of the athlete. A list of benefits of having a Sports Massage consists of
- Improvement of performance by the athlete
- Reduces muscle tension
- Improves range of motion
- Quick recovery after an event
- Prevention of injuries
- Maintaining performance between events
There are different stages that are beneficial to all, this includes
Pre-event massage: may consists of warming up the athlete to increase blood flow to the muscles.
Maintenance Massage: Assists in maintaining the athletes’s performance while not in competition but within the scope of massage therapy and it involves…
- Range of motion exercises for flexibility
- working with posture
- Treating scar tissue
- Treatment and Recovery of existing injuries
- Strength for improving performance.
Post-Event Massage: Assists in manyaspects after a sporting event such as
- Decreased post soreness
- Increase of blood flow to tight muscles
- Improves mental state after an event.
Sports Massage is thrapeutic and may stimulate muscles needed to reach that finish line at the end of the triathlon, swim event, marathon. If your goal is to keep improving, maintaining performance or recovering from an event is a therapy that will have you physically and mentally ready.