From Preseason to Grand final you want to keep at your peak performance. Always look after aching bodies and any injuries with R.I.C.E Rest Ice Compression and Elevation. Always consult your doctor for any injuries after the game. Any type of exercise uses your muscles any exercise uses different muscle groups to generate motion. Exercise means muscle activity.
As you use your muscles, a demand is placed on the rest of the body. In strenuous exercise, just about every system in you body either focuses its efforts on helping the muscles do their work, or it shuts down.
Athlete’s need to include massage into their maintenance program to help increase performance and decrease recovery time from competition.
There are 3 forms of restorative sports massage – Recovery, focuses primarily on athletes who want to recover from a strenuous workout or competition – when no injury is present. This allows the body to returns to homeostasis (a point of balance and normal functioning).
Remedial massage is used for minor to moderate injuries these can include the use of deep transverse friction, myo fascial and trigger point work.
Rehabilitation massage is used for severe injury or as part of the post surgical plan. Methods of massage used vary.
Immediately after injury or surgery a general stress reduction and healing promotion massage techniques are used. – Full body massage.
Any immobility – Crutches or changes in posture (gait) during recovery will set up compensation patterns (the body will hold itself in a different way to counterbalance. Massage can manage these compensation patterns while the physician, physical therapist and trainer focus on the injured area.
During active rehabilitation, massage can become part of the recovery process. (Taken from P Benjamin & S Lamp; understanding sports massage).
Sports massage is a technique that focuses on treating soft tissue aches, pain and injuries that are associated with recreational activities; it improves muscle flexibility, increased range of motion in joints and decreased muscle stiffness. Pressure from the massage techniques may also improve blood flow during the massage increase muscle temperature, reduces heart rate & blood pressure, most athletes feel a reduction in performance anxiety and improved mood. Giving athletes a psychological edge over their competitor.
Still for most athletes, enjoying less muscle pain and stiffness and improving a sense of relaxation and wellbeing is reason enough to enjoy a regular massage.