What is Sports Massage
Sports massage is designed to improve athletic performance but and recovery by using a combination of very fast-paced strokes that includes the following massage modalities: friction, rocking, vibration and stretching to help flush out toxins from the muscle tissue. Sports massage assists in injury prevention and promotes faster recovery from both training and injury.
This particular application of massage and stretch techniques helps to enhance the athlete's performance. It increases range of motion, relieves muscle soreness and improves general wellbeing.
Sports massage is useful to an athelete during pre-event training, post-event and treatment of an injury. Pre-event usually occurs at the performance site. Using strong and fast strokes, blood is moved around the body warming up the muscles. Post-event sports massage is applied after the performance and the intent is to calm the nervous system and reduce recovery time enabling the athelete to get back to training sooner.
After an injury sports massage is used to reduce healing time and make sure no residual fibrous tissue occurs.