Sports massage refers to the act of rubbing and kneading the bodies of those participating in sports to help them counter injuries while undertaking the activity.
Before undertaking a sports massage, there are three principles involved, the timing, the technique and the intent of doing it.
The following are the reasons as to why one needs to do a sports massage Sports massage help in preventing injuries from occurring since injuries are a big threat as they may affect performance, lengthen the training time, they make one incur huge costs when treating them and may even cause permanent conditions when they recurrently occur in one’s body. The number of mitochondria in the body can be increased by applying deep tissue sports massage on one’s body and when they grow in number, they emit more energy and this energy may enable one to perform excellently. It is important in ensuring that one maintains attention in whichever activity he is participating in due to an inner feeling of relaxation and also help them interact with others well since their mood is improved and also their level of stress is reduced if not eliminated. They help in postrace recovery by dissolution of the waste fluids to ensure quick recovery.
Everyone has his own time on which he prefers to do massage; there are those that term it luxurious and they tend to do it at different times during training while other prefers during it before a race to stimulate their muscles and others prefer during it after the race for cooling down and recovery.
There are a number of techniques associated with how one can perform sports massage. Deep tissue trigger point pressure technique can be applied on one’s body to ensure that the muscles are relaxed and any form of soreness is eliminated. The compression technique may also be used where one focuses on a particular muscle and uses both hands one being over the other and then presses it up and down with the hands going in opposite directions to loosen the tight muscles. Jostling technique may be applied where one’s muscle may be held using a hand and shaken for a number of times say two or three times to help alleviate muscle cramps above eliminating stiffness.
It is important that one chooses a therapist who has necessary skills by evidence of certifications, consider their experience, distance away from you, if they were ever participants in the game you play and the amount they charge.