|Posted on May 6, 2016 at 5:35 PM|
Athletic massage, also called sports massage, is the application of massage techniques that combine sound anatomical and physiological knowledge, and understanding of strength training and conditioning, and specific massage skills to enhance athletic performance. Sports massage enables athletes to attain their highest potential buy accelerating the body's natural restorative processes. Massage in fitness helps to reduce the chance of injury by identifying and eliminating conditions in the soft tissue that are at potential risk of injury. When injury has occurred, massage helps to restore mobility and flexibility to injured muscle tissue, while reducing recovery time.Receiving sports massage on a regular basis may extend the athlete's career. Sports massage in not received just for the highly competitive athlete.The same techniques are effective on any active individual who routinely stretches their physical limits through movement such as running,cycling,hiking,swimming,dancing,tennis and other racquet sports, strength training and aerobics.
During competitions, such as tournaments and races, athletes push themselves to their limits, performing at maximum effort. At these times, sports massage is used to prepare for and recover from the stresses of all-out effort.
Pre-event. Pre-event sports massage is given within the four hours preceding an event to improve performance and help decrease injuries.It is normally shorter(10-15 minutes) than a regular conditioning massage, and focuses on warming up the major muscles to be used,and getting the athlete in a good mental state for competition.
Inter-/intra-event. Inter- and intra-event massage is given between events or in time-outs to help athletes recover from preceding activity, and prepare for the activity coming up. It is also short and focused on the major muscles stressed in the activity.
Post-event. Post-event sports massage is given after a competition and is mainly concerned with recovery. Recovery after competition involves not only tissue normalization and repair, but also general relaxation and mental calming.A recovery session might be 15 minutes to 2 hours in length.
Rehabilitation.Rehabilitation massage focuses on the restoration of tissue function following injury, and is given at the rate of once or twice a day during the time the athlete is out of training and every other day or every third day until he is back to a full training schedule.
But of course, the best way to treat an injury is to prevent it. Massage during training is invaluable for locating potential trouble spots and relieving them before they progress into debilitating injuries. Some tournaments and races provide sports massage for competitors, or you may want to schedule an appointment before and/or after an event with your own massage therapist. You don't have to be a professional athlete to benefit from therapeutic massage.