The treatment is given with understanding not only of anatomy and physiology but also of the particular demands placed upon the body by the client and their specific sport. Sports massage is done with the principal mandate of returning you to your desired sports activity with the same or an even better level of function. Sports massages can include more aggressive techniques that approach muscles more deeply. Sports massage will often utilise a variety of modalities such as remedial massage, trigger point therapy, cross fibre techniques and deep tissue work.
Immediately before competition (pre-event)…
A short, specific treatment given immediately before (10/20/30 minutes- 24 hours before) a sports event. The goal of massage is to increase your circulation, flexibility and mental clarity to improve your performance. This massage does not replace your warm up, but complements it. Factors such as temperature, anxiety, fatigue and hyperactivity are considered before your massage treatment. If you are cold, then more warming things need to be done. If you are already warmed up, the therapist will focus on flexibility. If you are nervous some soothing strokes may be called for. Your massage will vary depending upon you and your chosen sport. The amount and depth of treatment is the most important key to effective pre-event massage. The therapist will keep your sports goal in mind at all times!
Between competitions on the same day (inter-event)...
The inter-event massage is a massage performed between multiple competitions on the same day. Sports such as swimming, tennis, wrestling, track and field, softball, baseball, and volleyball often require athletes to compete in a tournament format, with a short rest between bouts. An inter-event massage has been shown to improve muscle recovery between repeated bouts of strenuous exercise. An inter-event massage should be a brief (about 10 minutes) massage. The therapist focuses on just the main muscles stressed during the previous competition. The therapist will communicate with the athlete about the event they just finished to see what they felt during it and customize the therapist’s work to help them feel they have recovered as best as they can before competing again.
During the training program (Therapeutic/Maintenance)
The purpose of therapeutic (or “maintenance”) sports massage is to correct soft tissue dysfunction that has been caused by high intensity training or from previous competition. The therapist places more emphasis on the muscles and movements utilized in the sporting activity.
Immediately after competition (Post-Event)…
Quick recovery is the primary purpose of post-event sports massage. Athletes push themselves harder during an event than while training. It's the athlete competitive spirit pushing her/him to the limit. The therapist will aim to relax your muscle tone, improve your recovery circulation, and restore your flexibility. This allows for a quicker recovery and your prompt return to training without the usual stiffness and soreness. Post-event massage can also be that first assessment for potential injuries, and more serious medical conditions (heat exhaustion or hypothermia), which may be identified early and treated promptly. In an ideal world, such as professional sport, they have light daily or heavier alternate day massage. You be the judge as to what works best for you!
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