Sports massage is getting more and more popular with athletes, Sports Massage is becoming a mainstay in their training regimen and there are two different ways of this two types of it. Sports massage needs to be a pro event or it could be post-event. Now pre-event you're getting the muscles ready for whatever activity is whatever sport that you're doing and that prepares the muscle for that the movement and reduces the amount of trauma post-event it is the recovery fittings and that's what it doesn't encourage the acceleration of healing and any injuries you do have to heal a lot quicker, that's why sports massage in athletic training camps has become very important.
Now a sports massage is a specialized form of massage therapy focused on athletes. Usually, Sports massage is given at three specific times. The first time is in between workouts, the second time is pre-event and the third time is post-event. Now in between workouts, an athlete needs to be able to get a sports massage because this does many things. Sports massage helps increase muscle range of motion, muscle flexibility, range of motion, mobility, increases circulation and it takes away muscular aches and pains. Sports massage also helps them remain nice and soft and supple and flexible. One of the most important things it does. however, in between workouts is it helps flush out all that lactic acid out of the tissue.
Now lactic acid is a toxin, a natural toxin in your body that is released through strenuous exercise. If sports massage is not flushed out, it can build up and build up and cause the muscles to become sore. So it's one of the most important factors in deciding whether to do a sports massage, in between as you need to flush out that lactic acid in between workouts. Sports massage reduces muscle recovery time. The second time is pre-event. Pre-event sports massage and post-event sports massage are going to be different because your objectives are different. Pre-event you're going to want to wake up that athlete, you're going to want to wake up the nerves and muscles, you're going to want to wake up and revitalize their mind. Therefore you're going to give nice brisk movements, you're going to want to give a lot of stretching and mobilization and getting ready, getting that athlete ready to perform at this peak. Post-event, you are trying to bring down that athlete, you're trying to bring down that heart rate. You're trying to bring down the energy. What you're doing is you're going to do some relaxation movements. You're going to flush all that lactic acid out of that body. You're going to bring fresh clean blood and help that muscle recover. During a muscular performance when an athlete is performing, micro-tears can occur in the muscle and this fresh rush of blood with oxygen and nutrients can help recover those micro-tears in the fiber. So a sports massage is wonderful for three things, in between workouts, pre-event, and post-event.
Sports Massage became mainstream in 1984 at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Sports Massage was started recognized by the medical community. As a true modality, a legitimate modality that could help the athletes and what they did is they set up three stages of Massage a pre sports massage. So before they got into the event pre-event they would get a very vigorous massage it'd be a lot of shaking and jostling of the legs and the arms a lot of very quick stretching no static stretching whatsoever. But a lot of vigorous blood flow just getting the adrenaline going in the body getting that athlete prepared just kind of loosening everything up. So they get out on their field and do whatever their sport is and then there's an interest so between the events they would have, maybe something specific that they were looking at.
The back of my leg then the massage therapist would direct all of his attention just to that but there was no relaxation included in that massage and then after the events after the day has ended there would be a restorative massage. The athletes visit massage place and they look for that rehabilitative feeling getting that body back in shape. So what would be an example of a sports massage well maybe a baseball player that comes in a sports massage place and they threw the entire game well.
You're going to be focusing on that and you might spend the entire treatment just working on that one body part alone. You're digging into the most little minute you're looking for tiny trigger points. You're looking for articulation and those joints to be as perfect as they could be you're looking for a Dime. You looking for swelling you're looking for hypertonic muscles you're looking for things that will prevent them from having an injury in a future game and also bring them relief right.
Now, so just an example let's say of a person play soccer we're going to be looking a lot at their knees and shins. So we might take that knee and we might articulate the knee in a way that we would never do during a deep massage treatment we're going to be looking at the PCL the ACL the collateral ligaments. We're going to be looking at joint function and in the ankle, we're going to make sure the navicular bone is lined up properly over that calcaneus. We're going to be looking for any kind of bruising and the toes around the ankles and then we're going to work out any edema or any kind of issues that might be in the foot itself. so there's going to be a lot of stretching people are quite surprised, when they get a sports massage how much stretching is involved that's why we have an underwear or shorts requirement in here. Because we might take their knee and bring it as close to their chin as possible. Where we might cross their legs over or we might pull their arm around the backside of their head you know we are going to put them in almost like yoga positions.
As we stretch their body and try to find out what is right, what is not tight what needs to be helped we're also going to be doing a lot of compression movements. Because ischemia schema tissue, in particular, that's means that's a lack of blood flow in that tissue could have been from trauma them getting hit or something maybe their football player. I remember when one played football and he does get hit you could get you to know deep contusions or bruises and a lot of times you wouldn't get blood flow in that area so we'll use compression to bring blood flow back in there.
It looks kind of something like this and it's pretty fast but we'll compress and compress almost like you're doing CPR on somebody. You're trying to pump and draw blood into that muscle group now athletes have this done and so they can withstand the pain. The general public you bring them in here and you do that to them you probably won't see them again but that's just one example doing a schema compression, really can make a difference in bringing the high permeable owed flow of what the particular athlete needs. And there's a whole lot more to it than that.
Just as a general sum up we always say this regular sports massage even deep tissue included in that is a general massage. Sport is specific and hopefully, that answer is for them, and sometimes I'll just give them a little teaser about what sports massage is like during a deep-tissue treatment. There are inquisitive. We see a lot of athletes here and we need to help them and so they're addressed differently all. Just remember this that there's no discomfort on the table and it's probably nothing more than a massage.
Any injury for a sportsperson must be addressing it on time with sport massage professionals who might not lead to any major defect in their career and the sports game. Sports Massage is a must for every sports person for personnel attention and career purpose. This will help them keep up the practice as far as well willing to perform without any interruptions.