Sports Massage Therapy is a special form of massage therapy and is typically utilized before, during, and after athletic events. The purpose of a sports massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.
The significant purpose of a sports massage therapy is to help reduce stress and tension which builds up in the body's soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, sports massage can break them down quickly and effectively. The sports massage will help prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Sports massage therapy can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a once a week jogger.
Depending on the needs of the athlete, a variety of sports massage techniques are used. The sports massage often involves a blend of traditional Swedish Massage and Shiatsu massage specifically designed to treat professional sport athletes.
Each type of sport
has different demands on the players. Each sport uses muscle groups in
a different way. Sports massage therapy is designed to address those specific
concerns and may differ according to the sport the athlete plays. Sports
massage can be aimed to help heal strained muscles and allow healthy ones
to reach peak performance and maintain it while reducing the risk of injury.
Sports Massage can
also include pre-event, post-event and maintenance techniques that promote
greater athletic endurance and performance, lessen chances of injury and
reduce recovery time.