How Athletes Benefit from Sports Massage

 

Athletes put a lot of strain on their bodies due to intense workouts and playing sports. In one of my blogs I talked about how often should you get a massage. Today we’re going to talk about the benefits.

Athletes have sworn by massage therapy, because not only is it relaxing but it also helps improve performance.

 

A good sports massage helps increase your range of motion.

By targeting stiff muscles massage will help relieve the tension as well as help increase flexibility.

 

Your going to have a faster recovery time.

Most massage Therapists recommend athletes to get a massage 2 to 3 times a week during periods of intense training.

 

Can help athletes monitor their muscle tone.

 

Helps prevent injuries.

 

Improves sleep.

We all know massage helps relieve stress and sore muscles. But did you know that these two things can also affect your sleep? I myself sleep better after receiving a massage. I go to the gym and train one body part a day with weights. Now personally I like to give that muscle one day to repair before getting a massage. Some people like to get a massage right after the workout or the next day. But that’s completely up to you and what your body is telling you.

 

It doesn’t just benefit the muscles.

National Center for Biotechnology Information indicate that massage therapy:

  • Reduces heart rate.
  • Lowers blood pressure.
  • Reduces recovery time after an injury.
  • Rehabs an injury.
  • Lowers anxiety.
  • Improves mood.
  • Increases blood flow throughout the body, bringing vital oxygen and nutrients all over.
  • Relieves muscle pain and tension.
  • Improves connective tissue healing, which promotes muscle elasticity.
  • Stabilizes cortisol levels (a stress hormone, similar to adrenaline).

 

And last but not least, it makes you feel great!

 

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This information was pulled August 26, 2018

Sources:

Photo by Scott Webb from Pexels

http://www.stack.com/a/benefits-of-a-sports-massage

http://www.lavidamassagemariettaga.com/connect-with-us/The-Many-Benefits-of-Sport-Massage-for-Athletes_AE23.html

https://deeprecovery.com/sports-massage-benefits-for-athletes/

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