What Is Sports Massage?
Sports Massage Practitioners concentrate on working with the whole body. They pay particular attention to muscle groups that are involved in a specific sport or activity. Practitioners will use key techniques or strokes; direct or trigger point pressure, cross fiber friction, compression, and percussion. This is a specialized and often eclectic form of Swedish massage that extends its focuses toward the enhancement of athletic performance and achieving post-event recovery. It provides significant benefits to the professional or amateur athlete, dancer, or exercise enthusiast.
In addition to the benefits of general massage therapy treatment, sports massage focuses on maintaining the whole body in optimum physical condition. It has been found to increase athletic performance and boost endurance, and prevent injuries by increasing flexibility and elasticity in the joints. It’s popularity has increased over the years with the rise of personal training, fitness programs and general awareness for the need to exercise. Without proper care, many people suffer injuries as a result of poor warm=up and cool-down routines. Sports therapists can help build understanding of appropriate routines and can promote faster recovery to injured tissues, reduces pain, and minimizes muscle fatigue.