What is sports massage?
Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity. Soft tissue is connective tissue that has not hardened into bone and cartilage and includes skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments.
Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity and trauma. The application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.
The benefits of sports massage
How does sports massage benefit people who exercise?
Sports massage benefits people who exercise by assisting in the process of overcompensation and adaptation. During and after exercise, the body's systems adapt to cope with the increased stresses placed on them. These adaptations affect the muscles, the bones, the tissues, the nerves and the brain. In the right measure and at the right frequency, regular exercise enables the body to cope with increased levels of stress (overload), which allows the body to exercise at higher intensities or for longer durations. This is possible because of a process called overcompensation. While the body is recovering from overload as a result of exercise, the body overcompensates to increase its power or resistance to future stress.
How the body overcompensates or adapts to exercise depends on the type of stress placed on it. Training programmes for fitness or sport are based on the principle of specificity, which states the the adaptations with be specific to the type of stress. For example, a soccer player, who requires bursts of explosive power over short distances, will need a training programme that includes specific exercises to improve speed. On the other hand, a marathon runner, who requires a high level of aerobic efficiency to complete the long distance, needs a training programme that focuses on improving endurance.
The manipulation of soft tissue prior to and after exercise promotes physical, physiological, neurological and psychological changes that aid performance and particularly recovery. Some examples of the benefits are:
- The release of muscle tension and pain;
- Improved drainage of waste products such as acetic acid and carbon dioxide;
- Reduced discomfort from DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) as a result of vigorous exercise;
- Improved posture and flexibility
Who can benefit from sports massage?
Office workers: Sit at a desk all day and have neck, shoulder and back problems;
Runners: Whether you're a beginner or have been running for years and have leg and/or feet issues;
Cyclists: Neck, shoulders, back, buttocks and/or leg issues;
Golfers: Arms, neck, shoulders and/or back issues;
Swimmers: Arms, neck, shoulders, back and/or leg issues
The list is endless. Any sport, any fitness class or training, any day-to-day situation like carrying your babies and kids can benefit from a sports massage.
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