From high school, all the way to the professional level, the drive of an athlete can push the human body to its very limits. With consistent pressure to perform to the best of their abilities, many athletes look high and low for an edge to separate them from the competition. One of the best ways to improve athletic performance, reduce recovery time, and gain a competitive advantage can be found through the nurturing and rejuvenative effects of professional sports focused massage treatment.
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Whether you’re an adult amateur, a high profile professional, or a high school athlete, it is vital to maintain and care for the muscles and tissues that propel your game. Rather than wait until a nagging ache or pain sidelines you, it may be best to consult with a certified massage professional, such as Charles Moore, to learn more about the different types of sports massage offered. Below you can find more information on the several types of sports massages offered, and the benefits associated with each type of professional sports massage.
Types of Sports Massage
There are three widely considered different instances in which sports massage treatment can be administered to achieve the greatest positive effects: Pre-game, post-game, and in the unfortunate case of injury. Below each type of sports massage is explained more clearly.
Pre-Game Sports Massage
A pre-game sports massage is aimed at invigorating muscles and tissues and preparing the athlete for an immediately upcoming event. During a pre-game massage, a certified professional will engage the muscles and tissues that the athlete will depend upon for their athletic performance. Pre-game massage is often geared towards getting the blood flowing and helping the athlete focus on the upcoming event. A pre-game massage is most often administered close to the time and location of the event, and can even be completed at the event site if so desired.
Post-Game Sports Massage
Post-game sports massage is an invaluable tool at helping an athlete recover from the demands of competition. An effective post-game sports massage allows for muscles to properly cool down from the elevated state a game or event requires. The focus of post-game massage treatment is in flushing toxins from the body, calming the athlete’s nerves, and reducing recovery time. An effective post-game massage regime can greatly reduce the time an athlete needs between a major game or event and an upcoming practice. This allows the athlete to return to full-speed as quickly as possible to continue to improve their level of play.
Injury-Related Sports Massage
Playing at a high level can take its toll on even the most well trained and prepared physique. Injuries, although unfortunate, do happen, and can range in severity from dull, nagging aches and pains, to debilitating muscle tears and pulls. Every day an athlete must spend sidelined by an injury, or continuing to play while hurt, is a day they could potentially fall behind the competition.
It is important to take the messages your muscles and joints send you seriously, and to contact a massage professional when any concerns arise. Through receiving professional massage treatment after an injury occurs, the time an athlete will need to sit out and rest is greatly decreased. Additionally, the consultation of a professional ensures that when an athlete does return to activity, they can be assured the likelihood of a reoccurring issues is minimized.
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Whether you are an individual athlete looking to gain a leg up on the competition, or you manage a team of athletes looking to reap the benefits of professional sports massage services, we can help. As the old baseball maxim goes, “If you’re standing still, someone will eventually pass you.” Don’t get left behind by the competition. Contact us online or by phone today to find out more about the benefits of sports massage.