What is sports massage?

Massage is perhaps within physiotherapy techniques, the most appreciated by the athlete.

There really is a sports massage special, as there is, for example, a geriatric massage. The difference in is the moment of sporting activity that applies and the therapeutic objectives that we pursue.

The General objectives are:

  • Prepare tissues for the athletic effort, keeping them in an optimal state.
  • Prevention of injuries both in training and in competition.
  • Recovery of the lesions that occur and the physical form of the athlete.

Likewise, may occur at a microscopic level within the muscle fibre micro breaks, which give rise to inflammation, regeneration and tissue remodeling processes and which will last more or less time depending on its seriousness.

Classification of the sports massage

There are several types of sports massage according to the objectives pursued. Sports massage can be classified into:

  • Preparatory massage / pre competition: preferably applied (although it varies according to the authors) between 6 and 24 hours prior to the competition, training or activity, to optimize the elastic and contractile abilities of tissues. It is an invigorating massage.

    • increased blood circulation and therefore energy enrichment
    • increase in the internal temperature of the viscoelastic properties of muscle and connective, tissue forming fascia, aponeurosis and tendons and muscle… ensuring a proper contractile response and voltage.
    • removal of adhesions and localized muscle pain
  • Recovery massage: tends to be applied between 30 minutes and 6 hours after the end of the activity. Previously the athlete must be an active cooling including decrease in rhythm, stretching, hydration and normalization of respiratory and cardiac.

    • drainage of metabolic waste
    • reduction of muscle hypertone and possible spasms
    • increase in the blood supply

Manual lymphatic drainage is highly recommended at this stage and we must avoid intense massage therapy techniques that can exacerbate inflammatory pain, increasing the recovery time. Rubbing techniques, rhythmic compressions, segmental vibration can be applied…
It is also a kind of "reward" psychological the athlete for the effort.

  • Maintenance massage: must be periodic. It is used as a diagnostic tool and treatment, forming one part of the program of preparation of the athlete.

    • delete pictures of muscle fatigue
    • maintain the natural elasticity of the tendon, muscle, facial, ligamentous tissue…
    • detection and removal of areas of myalgia

There will be moves slow and spacious as landslides superficial and deep, kneading, rubbing… and in addition any other technique of Manual therapy that will help to achieve the above objectives on the basis of the findings obtained during palpation and the rest of the assessment, such as: treatment of points trigger, induction myofascial, massage of the connective tissue, etc…

Both goals as obviously the massage will vary depending on the sport that is practiced, as flexibility, strength, Fund or speed, since the physiological and biochemical processes that occur in the body will be different must be modular rhythm, speed and depth of the massage depending on what you want to achieve.

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