Sports Massage is a special form of massage that is typically used before, during, and after
The purpose of sports massage is to prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries.
The main difference between sports massage and other massage techniques is that it directly targets and reduces tension in muscles and joints that are affected by physical use and injury.
Why Sports Massage is Important To Runners?
Sports Massage is especially important for runners who run more than 30 miles a week. The more miles you run, the more strain your muscles are under and the more beneficial sports massage is. Incorporating sports massage into your training schedule will help you train optimally, help you reach your PBs and help you achieve your athletic and mental goals! Look at Eddie Izzard – he had regular Sports Massage during his epic 47 marathon goal for Sport Relief.
Sports Massage is important to runners for many reasons:
Sports massage stimulates the lymphatic system helping to reduce soreness by flushing out toxins and lactic acid that is produced while running. ?Lactic acid can also?build up in muscles and cause soreness over time – which is why it is good to get preventative regular Sports Massage to stop this building up and becoming a problem.
Sports Massage can Reduce muscle tension, Improve muscle flexibility and Speed up recovery time.
Sports Massage can increase mental alertness and reduce muscle fatigue. It can decrease your chance of developing a muscle injury. Massage immediately before and after an event will also help reduce the muscle spasms that occurs with vigorous exercise.
I trained and ran a 65 mile Charity run in 2009 for various military charities. I could not have done this in the time I did it, or with as few injuries as I did without regular sports massage form an ISRM registered Sports Massage Therapist.