Sports Massage is endorsed by the Scottish Institute of Sport, the Body which supports Scotland’s elite athletes in Sports Science/Medicine. Massage is offered as part of a wider range of services such as Physiotherapy, Strength & Conditioning & Nutrition.
The value of massage is recognised in helping athletes recover from heavy bouts of training as it can help to reduce pain & hypertension in muscles & to help flush metabolites from the tissues of the body. These waste products are believed to accumulate in the tissue causing an inflammatory response & irritation of the nerves. For the athlete this means arriving more fresh for training.
A further benefit to the athlete is the early detection of tight soft tissue & joints which could lead to overload & injury. The experienced Sports Massage Therapist will carefully observe & palpate the tissue & work out areas of tension. Abnormal, imbalanced muscle tone makes the body susceptible to injury.
During competition the type of massage applied will vary depending on the athlete’s needs. However the techniques will be non-injurious so that they do not affect performance. Massage prior to and during competition will be less deep and more stimulatory such as Active Release techniques, stretches and mobilisations & compression massage.
Appropriate massage applied after the acute phase of a soft tissue injury or fracture can be helpful in the recovery process by influencing circulation; reducing swelling & helping remove cellular waste. Massage is believed to help organise fibres as they repair which helps to preserve muscle length & elasticity.
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For further reading see source www.sportscotland.org.uk/sisport/recovery/