Sports massage therapy is geared toward athletes of every kind, from world-class professionals to weekend joggers. The techniques of Sports Massage are specific to the athlete’s sport of choice, particularly focusing on areas of the body that are overused and stressed from repetitive and often aggressive movements.
Aspects of sports massage are gaining popularity as useful components in a balanced training regimen. Sports massage can be used as a means to enhance pre-event preparation and reduce recovery time for maximum performance during training or after an event. Athletes have discovered that specially designed sports massage promotes flexibility, reduces fatigue, improves endurance, helps prevent injuries and prepares the body and mind for optimal performance.
One of the key benefits of sports massage 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 even 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.
For anyone participating in regular physical activity, sports massage therapy every week or two may be a great addition to your normal regimen.
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