Sports massage can be effective during preparation, training, competition and recovery, though the emphasis of the massage will vary for each stage.
Routine maintenance massage: A regular massage treatment programme can be devised by a physiotherapist based on the individual’s requirements for their sport and level of participation. It can concentrate on particular muscle groups to help to maintain or improve the range of movement and flexibility and can target any areas which are likely to cause the individual trouble or injuries to assist in their prevention. Your physiotherapist can also give you stretches and exercises to help maintain the benefits between massages.
Massage for a specific event or competition: Massage before and after an event is used for specific purposes. Pre-event massage can be used alongside a participant’s warm-up to boost circulation and reduce muscle tension, whilst also assisting with mental preparation. Massage given following an event is used to enhance the body’s recovery process through reducing muscle spasms and metabolic build-up. Effective pre- and post- event massage can allow a participant to return more quickly to training and competition and reduce the risk of injury
Rehabilitation: If you are returning to a sport following injury, sports massage can aid in the rehabilitation process, it can speed healing and reduce discomfort. The techniques used in sports massage can be effective for both acute and chronic injuries.
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