Muscle soreness and injury from sports-related activities
Sports massage isn’t just for professional and collegiate athletes. For instance, it can also be beneficial for anyone who leads an active lifestyle. This can be a weekend warrior or amateur athlete. There are many benefits of adding massage to your training regimen. A few are:
- Reduce muscle tension
- Increase range of motion
- Enhance athletic performance
- Improve soft tissue function
- Decrease muscle stiffness and fatigue
- Decrease delayed onset muscle soreness
There are no techniques specific to sports massage. Rather, a sports massage therapist understands the physiology, psychology, anatomy, and risks associated with athletes and their sport. In conclusion, depending on the type of athlete, working with a massage therapist may involve sessions on a weekly or monthly basis or it can be sessions tailored around a race, training, or season.
AMTA, Position Statement: https://www.amtamassage.org/approved_position_statements/Massage-Therapy-for-Those-Who-Exercise.html
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