Sports Massage

Decreasing Post-Exertion Muscle Soreness For Soccer Players
Muscle soreness following a vigorous soccer workout is sometimes managed by stretching, practicing yoga, soaking in a hot bath or a SPORTS MASSAGE by our team here at BodyMED.

A sports massage is more vigorous and goal-oriented when compared to traditional relaxation massages; the goal is to prepare, treat and maintain the muscles. It is geared toward athletes, but anyone who is athletic or fit may also benefit from this. Sports massage can be broken down into 3 main groups:

Pre-Event – Quick, energetic techniques are used to enhance an athlete’s warm-up. Pre-event massages will increase circulation, stimulate the muscles and increase flexibility and range of  motion. All of which reduces muscle pain and soreness and preps the athlete for their performance.

Post-event – A more calming technique is used to aid muscles in returning to their natural state. Circulation is increased to aid in elimination of toxins to prevent muscle soreness, fatigue and spasms.

Maintenance – Maintenance massages use different techniques to aid an athlete throughout their training; myofascial release, neuromuscular therapy, and PNF stretching all help to keep an athlete in top shape.

Yoga and Sports

Yoga and sports is becoming an increasingly popular topic for many reasons.  Traditional training methods primarily focus on the contraction of muscles.  While this is essential for muscle growth and athletic development, it does not contribute to increasing range of motion, mobility, or flexibility.  With very structured strength and conditioning programs and the need for ample practice, it is difficult to dedicate enough time to stretching and developing core strength.  Keeping our bodies tuned for success keeps us motivated and wills us to stay consistent with our training.  However, injuries can occur from overuse, lack of stretching, insufficient warm up, and decreased range of motion.  Static stretching has been a staple during warm up for many years.  However, its effectiveness has come into question and many athletes have found much more success in the integration of regular stretching exercises, such as Yoga.  Even though this may seem like a new and unconventional form of training, Yoga has been practiced for more than 5000 years, but it is has only recently gained more popularity in the sports world.

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