The Benefits of Sports Massage
Sport massage is applied through specific pre-event, inter-event, post-event and restoration/training massage techniques used primarily on-site at an event or at the host or team health care clinic.
Some benefits include:
- Encourage general relaxation or readiness
- Reduce anxiety/competition stress
- Increase feelings of well being
- Increase alertness and mental clarity
- Boost confidence
- Used for mental preparation (rehearsal, visualization, focus)
The application of specific and treatment oriented massage techniques to an athlete with the purpose of enhancing the athlete’s preparation for, or recovery from the physical demands of training or competition.
In a recently published article entitled, “You Need a Sports Massage,” author and expert Tracy Endo writes,
“A sports massage is typically a combination of several massage techniques that are tailored to your affected muscle groups based on the activities that you do. A properly administered sports massage can help flush the lactic acid out of your body,” adding, “One of the best reasons to get a sports massage is to help your muscles, tendons and joints move through their proper range of motion and stay in optimum shape. It's just like that pre-workout warm-up you're supposed to do. You want your muscles to be pliable and your joints warmed up before your exercise.