Sports massage therapy is gaining popularity as a useful component in sports training regimens. Appropriate for athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers, the particulars of this style of massage are specific to the athlete’s sport of choice. Each massage regimen is specially tailored to focus on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements unique to each sport.
Benefits of Sports Massage
Athletes have discovered that specially designed sports massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, < decreases recovery time> and improves endurance. Massage also prevents injuries while preparing their body and mind for optimal performance.
One of the key benefits of Sports massage therapy when compared to other modalities is its ability to target muscle-tendon junctions. A 2010 study in the journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that a 30-second massage improved hip-flexor range of motion.
Another study conducted by Margaret Jones, Ph.D. of the American College of Sports Medicine, demonstrated a notable trend toward decreased muscle soreness in the athletes who received massage either before or after exercise.
Regular physical activity and massage therapy every week or two may be a great addition to your normal regimen. Talk with your professional massage therapists. Together, you will develop a plan that is best with your schedule, level of activity and budget.