By: Darlene  09-12-2011
Keywords: Sports, Massage

Whatever sports or physical activities you engage in,

sports massage

will give you

20% extra

- that extra performance, extra protection, extra training time and extra strength. That can mean a lot to any level of competitor or recreational amateur.

 Tight muscles are weak muscles. The fibers of the muscles are actually stuck together which means that they are not all contracting. Tight muscles can also increase your chances of straining a muscle to the point of having to stop exercising.

Strength is a contractile function of the muscle. If part of the muscle is tied up in a knot, there will be a reduction in flexibility and power.

Every time you work out you are creating millions of microtears in the muscle. That is how a muscle increases in strength -  by repairing that damaged tissue. If the damage becomes too great, spasms, tears and strains can result. Inflammation in a muscle is like sludge in a gas tank, slowing down the performance of the car.

Tight muscles from repetitive training can also lead to a misalignment of the body. Just like the tires on a car that wear down when they are misaligned so will your body. Keeping the body balanced and finely tuned to participate in physical activities can help advance your training or just keep you moving so that you can enjoy your activity.

Bodies don't last forever, but you can certainly add to your longevity by receiving regular weekly massages. Use massage to enhance your running, golf games, cycling, rowing, basketball, walking and any other sport you play.

If you are training for a specific event, massage can enhance your training by keeping you flexible which leads to increasing your strength. You will be more in touch with your body to be able to determine your limits better. An injury that limits your training can be avoided by knowing your limits.

Each sport has its various physical challenges. Golf is hard on the low back, neck and knees. Cycling can be hard on the neck, shoulders and back. Runners can have problems with IT bands along the side of the legs as well as foot problems. A good  therapist will work with the athlete to understand their sport and apply massage techniques accordingly.

Getting regular massage during your training needs to be tailored towards your level of training and the time of your events. Light massage is usually done the week before your event to reduce the chance of injuries.

Working out right after a massage may feel like a struggle and depending on your level of training and health may not be advisable.

If you are working out to maintain your health and well being, sports massage can help alleviate the pain of working out and also help you to become more aware of yourself.

Keywords: Massage, Sports

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