Sports Massage in Tarragona
Sports massage is a variation of massage therapy techniques applied to athletes. In addition to relieving pain and eliminating tension, it helps athletes prepare their muscles for activity. It also plays a crucial role in injury prevention and during the recovery process, should injuries occur. In this article, we explain the most important details about sports massage: its benefits, classification, maneuvers, and applications. After reading, you'll surely want to enjoy a good massage before or after your sports practice.
Benefits of Sports Massage
As we mentioned earlier, sports massage has multiple positive effects on an athlete's body. Here are the details of each benefit:
- Relieves pain by decompressing unnecessary tensions in the muscles.
- Decreases or increases sensitivity depending on the technique used.
- Enhances muscle oxygenation by stimulating blood flow.
- Boosts performance in training and competitions.
- Reduces muscle fatigue and recovery time after physical exertion.
- Improves joint mobility and promotes muscle flexibility.
- Stimulates the production of hormones and neurotransmitters associated with pleasure and well-being.
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Types of Sports Massage
Although there's no official consensus on the classification of sports massages, most experts divide them into 3 types:
Preparatory MassageThis is a stimulating massage performed before training or competition. Its goal is to condition the body for physical exertion. Additionally, by improving muscle oxygenation, it allows for broader ranges of movement and action, enhancing overall performance.
Recovery MassagePerformed after a training session or competition, its aim is to relax the muscles and stimulate the removal of toxins. It can be done generally but usually focuses on the most overworked muscle areas. Besides relaxation and fatigue reduction, it helps disperse lactic acid in the lymphatic system to speed up recovery.
Routine or Maintenance MassageTypically practiced between training sessions and competitions as part of an athlete's active rest. It helps recover overworked muscles and reduce fatigue. It also prevents the body from "cooling down" during rest periods.
Common Maneuvers Used in a Sports Massage
- Rubbing: hands are slid over the skin to promote blood flow.
- Friction: pressure is applied so that the patient's skin slides over the muscle, stimulating circulation and reducing adhesions.
- Percussion: consists of hand taps. Slow rhythms relax, while faster ones stimulate.
- Pressure: stimulates the affected area by pressing with hands or fingers.
- Kneading: involves manipulating the muscles as if they were dough to reduce fatigue.
- Vibration: can result from rapid percussion or be performed by contracting the muscles to generate tremors in the muscle mass.
Sports Massage for Injury Treatment
Next, we'll discuss the application of sports massage for some of the most common injuries. We recommend consulting a healthcare professional before practicing any maneuver.
- Contracture: a hardened muscle that has lost flexibility due to overwork. Pressure and vibration maneuvers are beneficial.
- Hematoma: it's not recommended to massage immediately. Cold compresses, bandaging, and rest are more effective.
- Cramp: sudden muscle stiffness. It's recommended to stretch the affected area and then apply friction and kneading maneuvers.
- Sprain: it's not advised to massage the injured area.
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