Sports massage is a form of bodywork that is used to prevent injuries, prepare the body for a sports event, maintain it in optimal condition, and to help athletes to recover from workouts and injuries. Sports massage strokes involve: compression, friction, jostling/ vibration, Swedish massage techniques including tapotement (a rhythmic tapping), and drainage.
There are three basic forms of sports massage:
- Pre-event massage: given shortly before a competition, consist mainly of effleurage to stimulate and warm the muscles and petrissage to help muscles move fluidly and to reduce muscle tension.
- Post-event massage: given 1-2 hours after the competition, very light effleurage will decrease swelling while light petrissage will help clear away toxins and relieve tense, stiff muscles.
- Maintenance massage: should be performed at least once a week. Deep effleurage and petrissage are used to relax and tone knotted muscles. Stretching (particularly Active Isolated Stretching) and other soft tissue modalities like Active Release Technique, ice bath and advice on self-help exercise routines should all be regularily applied as a holistic approach between the therapist and the athlete.
A person does not need to be an elite athlete to gain from sports massage. Anyone who exercises or seeks to improve their general physical fitness may benefit from treatment.
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