What is Sports Massage?
Sports massage utilizes specific massage
techniques to assist athletes during performance, both in training and in competition. Benefits include:
- Improve muscle tone
- More flexible joints means more strength and power
- Reduced risk of injury means more effective training and reduced down time
- Enhanced performance allows you to excel in your training and competition
- Decreased muscle soreness allows you to train more efficiently
Types of Sports Massage
Warms up muscles and tendons through the use of invigorating techniques in preparation for intensive use. Ideally used immediately prior to starting the event, pre-event work also gives athletes the chance to prepare mentally for maximal performance. A typical session is 10 to 15 minutes duration.
After cooling down, post-event massage can help to relax tight muscles, relieve cramping and reduce recovery time. Decreased muscle soreness is an added benefit! A 15 to 30 minute session is typical.
Used regularly during training, sports conditioning massage can improve flexibility as well as take care of muscle problems before they impair performance. Sports massage can help to prevent injury and reduce recovery time from many sports related injuries.
Media/Books Others Have Recommended
Therapeutic Massage in Athletics
By Pat Archer
Sport & Remedial Massage Therapy
By Mel Cash
By Jack Meagher
Understanding Sports Massage
By Patricia J. Benjamin & Scott P. Lamp
By Gregory Pike
Hire our Sports Massage Team for Your Next Event
The Washington State Sports Massage Team brings massage to various
events in WA State. Members of the team are carefully trained and
understand the special needs of athletes. We work with you to support
your recovery after events or during events to help you get the most out
of your training and competition.
Click here for our Sports Massage Team page.
Hire an Individual Sports Massage Therapist
Click here to locate an individual Sports Massage Therapist in our member directory.