Sports massage involves the skill of manipulating the soft tissues of the body and isolating individual muscle groups using specific and specialised techniques including stroking, kneading and compressing. The principal aims of sports massage are:
The enhancement of a person’s physical performance
The cure and prevention of injury
The recovery from injury or strain
Anyone taking part in regular physical activity, be it physical work, competitive sports or active leisure pursuits require regular soft tissue care to prevent injury.
Sport Massage can, therefore enhance the physical, physiological and psychological well being.
Physical/mechanical effects of Sports Massage:
Mobilises muscle fibres
Stretches soft tissues
Improved blood and lymph circulation
Relives muscle tension
Physiological effects of Sport Massage:
Increased blood circulation
Increased lymph flow
Promotes muscle relaxation
Can help to improve the range of movement at joints
Helps in the removal of waste products
Psychological effects of Sports Massage:
Prevent athlete for the challenge ahead
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