Sports Massage Can Improve Your Performance in the Field

Date Posted:2 July 2018

Sporting processionals incorporate massage as an essential part of their training and recovery routine. Even the non-athletes find massage a beneficial therapy.

It has been noted by elite professionals that a soothing massage helps them train more effectively, improve in-field performance, prevent injury and promote quicker recovery times.

 

A 2012 report in the British Journal of Sports Medicine stated “Around 45 per cent of sports-related injuries derive from muscle strains and muscle trauma.”  

 

 

 

According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA)- “massage acts to improve performance, reduce pain, prevent injury, encourage focus and shorten recovery time.”

What is ‘Sports Massage’?

It is a term used to describe the science and art of applying massage and related techniques to ensure health and wellbeing of athletes for enhancing their athletic performance.

A sports massage often involves a fast-paced massage accompanied with stretching and other techniques, particularly based upon your sport. Also, it can be used as a pre-workout stretch that helps to warm up the muscles, or used as a post-workout massage to reduce muscle soreness that occurs as a result of overworked muscles.

Here are some of the effects of sports massage

  • Improved fluid circulation
  • Anxiety reduction
  • Enhanced focus
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Separation of muscle and connective tissue
  • Faster recovery
  • Formation of healthy scar tissue
  • Deactivation of trigger points
  • Greater energy
  • Free movement at joints
  • Pain reduction
  • More positive outlook and motivation

In addition to physical benefits, massage provides a number of psychological health benefits. Getting a massage will promote your sleep and reduce stress significantly. Massage can help take away the stress and tiredness of everyday life, promoting a deep, restful sleep. Getting an adequate amount of sleep is vital for optimal performance. This is an effective method by which athletes that are under a great deal of pressure to succeed can effectively manage their stress levels before a game or competition, impacting their ability to perform during a key event.

 

The latest research conducted by scientists from the Buck Institute for Research on Aging at McMaster University in Ontario shows “Massage reduces inflammation and promotes the growth of new mitochondria, the energy-producing units in the cells, following a bout of strenuous exercise.”

 

Not only for sports professionals, massage is considered a beneficial therapy for all of us. It helps improve blood circulation, boost immune system functioning, enhance focus, reduce stress and much more. It’s recommended to integrate regular massage in your healthcare regime and experience a positive change in your body.