A sports massage is a type of therapy geared toward athletes and the particular stresses they place on their bodies. A sports-massage therapist is trained in applying techniques to help athletes avoid injuries, cool down after exertion and enhance their overall performance. Proper sports massages should concentrate on increasing motion and flexibility, relieving muscle soreness, and promoting a quick recovery from muscle overuse.
A pre-event sports massage is delivered about 30 minutes before a competition. It should be brisk and light and complement a warm-up.
During an Event
Many athletes utilize massage during an event to reduce stress on muscles that are reacting from repetitive motions and to keep the themselves flexible to prevent injuries.
A post-event massage should be given within an hour after the event to flush the body of lactic acid that built up during the activity and to focus on places where the athlete feels pain.
Massage therapists usually are trained in specific sports so that they can focus on the areas that receive the most use.
Athletes receive both physical and mental relief from a trained sports-massage therapist. With increased circulation and greater body awareness, athletes can perform at maximum capacity.