Though originally designed to help athletes perform at optimum levels during games, sports massage is growing in popularity as an effective treatment for sport-related injuries or limited range of motion for people of all ages and fitness levels. Sports massage focuses on a client’s trouble spots, like shoulder soreness after eighteen holes of golf, or a tender hamstring just before a big race. Sports massage therapists understand sport-related injuries and can help minimize pain, speed recovery and help clients perform their best at their favorite activities with full range of motion.
There are four variations of sports massage. Choosing the right one is based on the client's current level of discomfort and upcoming athletic events:
- Pre-Event Sports Massage: A vigorous and stimulating Swedish massage, which targets the muscles that will be used during the upcoming event. Using brisk, invigorating massage techniques, this type of massage boosts circulation and revs up energy levels.
- Post-Event Sports Massage: Designed to help the athlete wind down after intense physical exertion. It targets muscle soreness, helps normalize body tissues and prevents next-day muscle stiffness.
- Restorative Sports Massage: Provided during training to keep an athlete at peak performance level. During training, muscles are kept warm and supple, which enables more intense exertion and simultaneously minimizes the risk of injury.
- Rehabilitative Sports Massage: Aimed at treating sports injuries and speeding recovery time. Targeted at a specific trouble spot, rehabilitative sports massage helps increase circulation and protect range of motion.