Pre-Event and Post-Event Sports Massage
You spend days, weeks, months and even years training hard preparing for your sporting event and you have the attitude, dedication and determination it takes to achieve your goals.
You maybe trying to improve on last year’s time, be playing to win or just wanting to achieve your own personal goal.
Are you doing everything possible to achieve your optimal performance?
Pre-event and post-event sports massage will help you to perform at your optimal level!
The popularity and importance of pre and post-event massage is continuously increasing as more athletes are becoming aware of the physiological and psychological benefits. Sports massage is an effective addition to any training schedule regardless of whether you are a runner, triathlete, or any other sporting person.
Firstly what is Sports Massage?
Sports massage is the physical treatment of soft tissue combining a traditional manual therapy with a specialised scientific approach. Specialised techniques are practised to achieve optimal physical, physiological and psychological benefits.
Sports massage will enhance your physical performance irrespective of what sport you participate in. Sports massage can play a key role in the training for a sporting person and also benefit anyone who is physically active with a desire to enhance their health and wellbeing. It is a key component for the optimal maintenance of musculoskeletal health care and for the prevention and treatment of injury. It maintains good body health and is used for the treatment, recovery and prevention of sporting and non-sporting injuries.
Sporting activities can place unnatural stresses on our body but sports massage can quickly resolve problem areas that limit our range of movement and cause us pain. Sports massage is designed to be flexible and is tailored to the individual needs. It can be deep, stimulating and invigorating or soothing and relaxing. Specialised techniques concentrate on both the superficial and deep layers of muscles, tendons and other soft tissue. It is designed to release muscle tension and restore balance to the musculoskeletal system.
During a sports massage the therapist will aim to gradually break down knots and adhered tissues releasing tension from muscles, tendons and ligaments to reduce pain and improve range of movement. Techniques such as stretching, myofascial tissue release, trigger point therapy and mobilisations are often incorporated into sports massage therapy as part of a treatment plan to obtain maximum results.
An experienced therapist who has a good understanding of anatomy and physiology can easily identify problems within soft tissues such as muscle and tendon tension, trigger points and scar tissue/adhesions. Sports massage can be a little uncomfortable at times, however this is far outweighed by the many benefits.
A sports massage can help the performer prepare for their specific competition or event by focusing on specific muscles and joints for optimal performance.
Pre-Event Sports Massage
Pre-event sports massage can be considered from two days to just two minutes before an event.
A professional sports massage therapist knows what muscle groups to concentrate on depending on the nature of the sporting event.
Ideally you should see how you respond to pre-event massage prior to an event that has no major importance to you. This will give the therapist a chance to develop the most suitable treatment and ensure you get the maximum recuperative benefit from the tapering-down process that should precede an event.
Deep massage in problem areas can take a day or two to recover so this is normally avoided from up to two days before an event; however situations do and can arise when this rule is broken.
Effects of Pre-Event Massage
- Circulation and flexibility within the muscles is improved.
- Warms and stretches the tissues reducing chance of injury.
- Increases range of movement.
- Aids psychological preparation by reducing pre-event anxiety and stress.
Massage just before an event is normally practised at a fast brisk pace to warm the muscle groups that will be used most. Deep massage is usually avoided. Sports massage can be either administered over clothing or directly upon the skin. The use of oil is often avoided as it could actually hamper performance.
Pre-event massage should ideally precede your normal warm-up stretching and exercises and never used as a substitute to replace them.
Post-Event Sports Massage
A post-event massage can be done immediately after activity and is most effective if done within 24 hours post event.
Fast recovery is the primary purpose of post-event massage. After pushing yourself to the limits a sports massage will soothe and ease fatigued muscles and prevent DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). It will assist a pain free recovery and return you to training with minimal soreness, inflammation and stiffness.
Post-event massage can identify injuries that may have occurred during the event, so therefore can be treated promptly.
Effects of Post-Event Massage
- Blood circulation and lymphatic drainage is maximised to increase the removal of lactic acid and waste products.
- Encourages the release of endorphins.
- Lengthens muscle fibres.
- Soothes tight muscles.
- Mentally relaxes
- Calms the nervous system
Regular sports massage helps to keep the body healthy and can prevent musculoskeletal injuries and problems by detecting muscle fatigue, postural imbalances, inflexibility and strains and sprains.
To book an appointment for pre-event or post-event sports massage please phone Maria on 07977 427644 or email Fit n Well using this link Contact Fit n Well, Stone, Staffordshire
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