Massage Therapy for Athletes
Sports massage is a type of massage that is specifically tailored to those who participate in exercise and athletic programs.
Millions of people around the world play sports and exercise, from the elite professional athlete to the novice just starting a walking program for general health and wellness benefits. Exercise is recommended for everyone. Sports massage is not meant to be a relaxing massage and can become quite vigorous at times. Sports massage is not only sought out by professional athletes, but also people who exercise heavily. A sports massage is ideal for the prevention of injuries and as a means of preventative maintenance when dealing with the health of muscle and connective tissue, range of motion, tone, balance of muscle and posture.
According to the American Massage Therapy Association, Sports massage can be used to improve athletic performance, speed recovery, and can be utilized by all individuals who participate in any athletic and/or exercise program to help improve conditioning and maintain peak performance. Many professional and collegiate athletic programs employ or contract with massage therapists, and sports massage has been sought for many years by athletes of differing backgrounds for multiple reasons.
Individuals who participate in exercise and athletic programs who seek enhanced performance, improved conditioning, faster recovery, injury prevention, and assistance in maintaining peek fitness can benefit from massage therapy given by professional massage therapists working within their scope of practice.
Massage therapists do not diagnose medical conditions nor is this information intended to replace medical counsel. It is always advised to consult your physician first when you are seeking pain relief as there are many conditions with similar symptoms and some of them are life threatening and require medical attention.