Massage has become an integral part of the new athletic regimen from sports medicine clinics, to college training rooms, to professional locker rooms to Olympic training. Growing number of trainers believe that massage can provide an extra edge to the athletes who participate in high performance sports. Massage has become a necessary ingredient for a complete workout. More and more people are realizing that a complete includes not only the exercise itself, but also caring for the wear-and-tear and minor injuries that naturally occur with strenuous movement. The physiological and psychological benefits of massage make it an ideal complement to a total conditioning program.
Sports Massage Techniques
Each sport and athletic event uses muscle groups in a different way. Sports massage therapists must be familiar with each muscle, the muscle groups and how they are affected by the specific movements and stresses of each sport.
Traditional Swedish massage is currently the most common approach used for conditioning programs. It is frequently supplemented by other massage therapy approaches including deep tissue,work, and . Some massage therapists have special training in sports massage and greater experience working with athletes.
Regular sports massage can:
|reduce the chance of injury, through proper stretching and event preparation, and through deep tissue massage;|
|improve range of motion and muscle flexibility, resulting in improved power and performance;|
|shorten recovery time between workouts;|
|maximize the supply of nutrients and oxygen through increased blood flow;|
|enhance elimination of metabolic by-products of exercise.|