Sports massage is a type of massage that is specifically tailored to sporting injuries or disorders. Contrary to its name, sports massage is not only for athletes or those that exercise heavily, it is of benefit to anyone that exercises, even if it is only mild exercise such as regular walking. It can play an important role in preventing injury as well as helping to enhance performance.
The Purpose of Sports Massage
Sports massage is designed to prevent and relieve injuries and conditions that are associated with exercise. It can often be quite strenuous and is meant to relieve and reduce the stress and tension that can build up within the body’s soft tissues while exercising. It can be carried out before, during, or after playing sport or exercising and uses techniques that are designed to increase endurance and performance, to minimise the chances of injury and, if there is an injury, to reduce the recovery time.
What Sports Massage Can Do For You
Sports massage can treat a variety of ailments and injuries that may occur as a result of exercise. It also has other benefits that allow you to train or exercise more efficiently. Some benefits that sports massage has include:
- Improved circulation and general nutrition of muscles.
- Improved range of motion and muscle flexibility.
- Helps shorten recovery time between workouts.
- Can help prevent over-training.
- Helps prevent and even heal injuries.
Also important are rest and recovery time after a good workout session. Massage can help muscles recover from exercise by helping break down the lactic acid that is produced by the muscle tissue. Lactic acid is what causes soreness or muscular pain after working out.