Sports massage is not your average spa relaxation massage session. There is a growing body of evidence as to the importance of sports massage for active individuals. Sports massage can and should be used before and after major sporting events. Before an event, sports massage can prepare the body for the physical activity to be done. After an event, a slower paced sports massage can help the body recover and return to a normal state.
Benefits of Sports Massage
The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), as well as others have studied the benefits of regular sports massage. Th
is partial list has some of the main benefits for both pro and beginner athletes. What this equates to is injury prevention and increased performance. Reducing muscle tension allows athletes to perform at peak performance and use their muscles as intended. Tight muscles can limit range of motion and lead to pain which in turn leads to poor form and performance, and can lead to injury.
The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine even lists benefits to extend beyond the physical body. They lay claim that regular sports massage can improve athletes psychologically and physiologically. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
Injury and Prevention
There is a misconception that injuries are only caused by a sudden trauma or event. This is true for some injuries such as whiplash, but is far from true for many injuries. The majority of injuries people deal with are overuse injuries. Overuse injuries are injuries such as tennis elbow, golfers elbow, patellofemoral (knee) pain, many forms of tendonitis, shoulder and knee injuries, and even carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica can be overuse related. Doing the same motion over and over again tightens the musculature and fascia and trains movement patterns that are great for performance until it is not. By taking part in regular sports massage, you give your body the ability to recover from the same movements and tightness that leads to these injuries.
Many of these injuries are not limited to adults either. Youth overuse injuries are becoming more common a youth are more active and performing in more sports. Abstract on Youth Overuse Injuries Regular sports massage for youth can improve their recovery and help ensure proper body balance. While the body develops, any repetitive motion creates a much higher tendency toward injury later in life if not soon. Even just a monthly sports massage and assessment by a trained professional can help youth become the elite athlete they dream of being.
What are you waiting for? Give you or your youth the optimal advantage. Schedule your sports massage with a qualified professional today.
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