Sports massage can be part of a training regime. With regular treatments, athletes are more able to sustain high levels of performance without getting injured.
After a period of hard training or performance, there will be an accumulation of waste material and possibly some micro-trauma with slight swelling in the muscles. By stimulating the blood circulation through the area with massage, the waste is removed more quickly and completely and more fresh blood from the arteries arrives to supply the repair and nutritional needs.
From two days to two minutes before the event.
Deep treatment to relax the muscles will be given at least two days before the event.
As the competition gets closer, massage will be slightly stimulating but also more gentle, so as to calm and relax the athlete without relaxing their muscles too much.
Massage can be an adequate substitute for a warm-down as it can achieve much the same effect by removing muscle waste products and stretching muscle tissues.
The accumulation of fluid and damaged cell particles needs to be removed from the injured area. Massage will stimulate the flow of lymph.
Sports massage will also benefit: