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Why Sports Massage

Sports Massage Therapy Benefits

A better tactic is to apply a critical-reasoning approach to the four main areas of training and timing that the sports massage therapist will work in

1. Event preparation. 

This is when the athlete is in competition and is more of the traditional pre-event massage. This type of massage is utilized as part of the overall warm-up and is ideally performed within 90 minutes of play. It is quicker, lighter, and more general and should not last more than 10 to 15 minutes. Some benefits of event-preparation massage are that it:

Warms the muscles

Excites the nervous system

Increases blood flow

Helps delay the feeling of exertion

Can help reduce injury 

2. Prevention and maintenance. 

This type of massage is best done when the athlete can recover from any soreness. This is the time to work a bit deeper to remove any restrictions in the tissues and make corrections to the body without disrupting the training cycle. Some benefits of prevention-and-maintenance massage are that it:

Normalizes tissue

Improves tissue healing

Improves range of motion

Reduces muscle stiffness

Removes trigger points

Improves scar mobility

3. Injury treatment

This phase of sports massage therapy can occur while the athlete is still in competition; or, if the injury is bad enough, she will be out of training and competition. Techniques can range from lymphatic drainage to scar massage. Depending on the situation, the athlete may be in rehabilitation, so it is important to communicate with the other members of the health care team. Some of the benefits of injury-treatment massage are that it:

Prepares tissue to enhance treatments

Improves tissue healing

Normalizes tissue

Removes trigger points

Improves scar mobility 

4. Recovery. 

This is an extremely important time for the athlete to receive sports massage therapy. This phase can include the traditional post-event massage and the more thorough recovery massage. This type of massage is ideally done one to three hours after competition. The benefits of recovery massage are that it:

Reduces delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS)

Improves the feeling of recovery

Can help with muscle endurance and power output

Can reduce muscle fatigue for repeated bouts

Increases neutrophil count

Decreases pain-causing substances in the muscles

Increases the pain threshold after exercise

Improves blood flow

Calms the nervous system and helps effect relaxation