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What is Sports Massage?

Sports massage is a form of massage which utilizes specific strokes to help athletes obtain maximum performance and physical conditioning by increasing power, endurance and mobility—both before and after an event or exercise.

Who Can Benefit?

Sports massage is particularly beneficial when an athlete is in training for an event. It’s also helpful for anyone who routinely stretches their physical limits through movement. Swimmers, weight lifters, runners, golfers, ball players, skaters, dancers, tennis players, musicians, and boxers as well as “weekend warriors” and those who practice strength training or aerobics, have also benefited from sports massage.

Sports massage should be a regular part of every athlete’s training program. Athletes have different massage needs at different times. There are three basic categories:

Pre-event • Post-event • Training

Sports massage helps in rehabilitation. It can accelerate the healing process, increase range of motion, reduce adhesion, and reduce swelling, bruising and pain. Areas of stress in other muscles, created through compensating for an injury, can be eased with a regular sports massage regimen. Sports massage can partially compensate for lack of exercise during inactivity while recovering form injury. Sports massage is also used to relieve muscular spasms and fatigue-related injuries.