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<metadesc> Sports massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event. </metadesc>
 
<metadesc> Sports massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event. </metadesc>
 
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Sports massage was originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Sports massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons.
 
  
But you don't have to be in the Olympics to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. The massage therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area. (Sore neck and shoulders, anyone?) This is the type of sports massage that you see in the spa.
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Sports Massage is a type of massage that is used to work on athletes of all levels of training from the weekend warrior to professional sports teams. People who do sports massage can be professional massage therapists or some athletic trainers may also do sports massage if it is allowed in their state licensing. Sports activities massage was originally designed to assist athletes prepare their bodies for optimum efficiency, recover right after a large occasion, or function properly in the course of education. Sports activities massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to your muscles and tendons. Sports massage is really helpful for the individual who has injuries, chronic pain or restricted selection of movement.  
  
==What Happens During Sports Massage?==
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==Purpose of Sports Massage==
  
Sports massage is a type of Swedish massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. Some sports [[Massage|massage]] movements use trigger point therapy to break down adhesions (knots in the muscles) and increase range of motion.
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Sports [[Massage|massage]] is really a sort of Swedish massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. The main purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. The massage will help prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Sports massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a once a week jogger.
 
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There are four types of sports massages:
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==Four Kinds of Sports Massages:==
#Pre-event sports massage -- a short, stimulating massage 15 - 45 minutes before the event. It is directed toward the parts of the body that will be involved in the exertion.
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#Post-event sports massage -- given within an hour or two of the event, to normalize the body's tissues.
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#Restorative sports massage -- given during training to allow the athelete to train harder and with less injury.
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#Rehabilitative sports massage -- aimed at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to health.
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==When Should I Get A Sports Massage?==
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# Pre-event sports activities massage -- a brief, stimulating massage 15 - 45 minutes just before the event. It truly is directed toward the parts in the entire body that can be associated with the exertion.
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# Post-event sports activities massage -- given inside an hour or two of the event, to normalize the body's tissues.
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# Restorative sports activities massage -- given during education to allow the athelete to train more difficult and with much less injury.
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# Rehabilitative sports massage -- aimed at alleviating ache as a result of injury and returning your body to well being.
  
A sports massage is a good choice if you have a specific problem -- a tender knee from running, for instance. It is also be a good idea to see a movement therapist, who can help you identify and correct the movement pattern that might be causing your injury in the first place. The therapist generally focuses in on the problem area -- a frozen shoulder or pulled hamstring, for instance -- rather than giving you a full-body massage.
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==Benefits of Sports Massage==
  
Sometimes men who are new to the spa are more comfortable getting a sports massage because it sounds more masculine. That's fine, even if they don't have an injury.
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Sports massage has many benefits, sports massage reduces the heart rate and blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, reduces muscle tension, improves flexibility, and relieves pain. Each sport and athletic event uses muscle groups in a different way.
 
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Sports Massage can also include pre-event, post-event and maintenance techniques that promote greater athletic endurance and performance, lessen chances of injury and reduce recovery time.
No matter what type of massage you choose, the therapist should check in with you about what your needs and expectations are for the massage.
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Latest revision as of 11:18, 16 January 2013

Sports Massage is a type of massage that is used to work on athletes of all levels of training from the weekend warrior to professional sports teams. People who do sports massage can be professional massage therapists or some athletic trainers may also do sports massage if it is allowed in their state licensing. Sports activities massage was originally designed to assist athletes prepare their bodies for optimum efficiency, recover right after a large occasion, or function properly in the course of education. Sports activities massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to your muscles and tendons. Sports massage is really helpful for the individual who has injuries, chronic pain or restricted selection of movement.

[edit] Purpose of Sports Massage

Sports massage is really a sort of Swedish massage that stimulates circulation of blood and lymph fluids. The main purpose of sports massage therapy is to help alleviate the stress and tension which builds up in the body’s soft tissues during physical activity. Where minor injuries and lesions occur, due to overexertion and/or overuse, massage can break them down quickly and effectively. The massage will help prepare the athlete for peak performance, to drain away fatigue, to relieve swelling, to reduce muscle tension, to promote flexibility and to prevent injuries. Sports massage can help prevent those niggling injuries that so often get in the way of performance and achievement, whether a person is an athlete or a once a week jogger.

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[edit] Four Kinds of Sports Massages:

  1. Pre-event sports activities massage -- a brief, stimulating massage 15 - 45 minutes just before the event. It truly is directed toward the parts in the entire body that can be associated with the exertion.
  2. Post-event sports activities massage -- given inside an hour or two of the event, to normalize the body's tissues.
  3. Restorative sports activities massage -- given during education to allow the athelete to train more difficult and with much less injury.
  4. Rehabilitative sports massage -- aimed at alleviating ache as a result of injury and returning your body to well being.

[edit] Benefits of Sports Massage

Sports massage has many benefits, sports massage reduces the heart rate and blood pressure, increases blood circulation and lymph flow, reduces muscle tension, improves flexibility, and relieves pain. Each sport and athletic event uses muscle groups in a different way. Sports Massage can also include pre-event, post-event and maintenance techniques that promote greater athletic endurance and performance, lessen chances of injury and reduce recovery time.

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