Sports Massage FAQ
Here are the main questions (and answers) I get asked by athletes who want to know more about getting a sports massage.
Question 1. What is a Sports Massage?
This type of massage is specifically designed for people who play a lot of sport (or exercise a lot) and targets the major muscle groups commonly used during the chosen sport.
If you’re looking for a relaxing massage, this one is not for you. It can be quite strenuous and works by stretching tight muscles, stimulating inactive muscles and improving the circulation to the soft tissues.
They can also help athletes’ muscles recover quicker between games/trainings, speed up common sports injuries (to get you back on the field quicker), and prevent future injuries.
Question 2. Who should have a Sports Massage?
Anyone who plays sports or exercises a lot should receive a regular massage to improve their performance and prevent injuries.
This is especially important in older athletes or those in high-level competition who don’t have long to recover between games/training.
Question 3. When should I get a Sports Massage?
This type of massage can be beneficial for your body in different ways at different times. For example:
- Before a sports event involves a technique to compress the muscles, warming them up to reduce tension and improve performance.
- After a sports event focuses on kneading the muscles to quickly reduce any soreness or muscle fatigue. This way you can recover quicker to be at your best and ready for the next game.
- At any other time uses more deep tissue techniques to help reduce muscle tightness/tension, assist recovery and prevent injury.
Question 4. How often should I get a Sports Massage?
Having a specific massage before and/or after playing is one of the best ways to get the most benefit from your body, especially if you train frequently.
If you’re feeling “tight”, have a “niggle”, and/or you have a history of injuries, get one ASAP.
If you end up injuring yourself, you’ll be watching from the sideline instead of playing and wished you had got one.
For older athletes, or those in high-level competition, you should be getting one at least once a month to maximise your performance and keep away career-ending injuries.