We help a lot of athletes with maintaining muscle health so they can do what they do best with less worry of injury. The Mayo Clinic describes Sports massage as, “This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.”
Athletes always run the risk of injury, and massage has been proven to help prevent or help recover from injuries. Whether it is a sprained ankle that you need to just keep weight off of it for a little, or a rotator cuff tear, massage therapy helps recover quicker.
A great article published by Pacific College talks about all of the benefits of massage for sports, and one of the aspects I really want to focus on is DOMS. This is Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. This can be debilitating for anyone, and athletes are always at risk for getting DOMS.
Massage prevents injury and soreness because one of the biggest benefits is increasing range of motion. The AMTA has a great article that lists 17 benefits of receiving massage therapy for those who exercise from promoting relaxation to increasing your training abilities.
Athletes all over the world employ massage therapists. Olympians brought their massage therapists to Sochi this year to help them stay loose and ensure they would perform as best as they could during the Olympics. If you are in your season or just training, make sure you are taking care of your muscles!