Benefits of Post-Event Massage For Athletes
Benefits of Post-Event Massage for Athletes
Hopefully, your event or match has gone as you had hoped, and you are a tired, somewhat sore, but happy athlete. Athletic competitions are extremely demanding, and call for every bit of physical and mental reserve available. Whether the event has gone in your favor or not, you may still have to deal with the after effects, and one of the best way to do so is with a post-event massage. Most athletes will already have scheduled regular massages as part of their training regime, but if you haven’t as of yet, this is a good time to do so.
A pre-event massage can help to prepare your mind and body for the upcoming event, and a massage that is given after the match can also provide benefits that will assist in recovery. Any sporting event places enormous stress upon you – you have been working at your peak, and literally every part of your body has been involved. You may also be suffering from some normal mental fatigue, regardless of whether you won or lost. All of these conditions can be helped by a massage delivered post-event.
- When you use your muscles, the oxygen within them is slowly depleted, and lactic acid builds up; this is what causes your muscles to feel tired and sore during exercise or when engaging in sports. Massage can help remove the lactic acid, and so reduce soreness.
- If you’ve won the event and are ‘up’, or if you’ve lost and are ‘down’, a post-event massage can help you to relax and return to a more equable mental state. A massage at this time will also help you to cool down safely.
- Minor injuries can easily occur during a match, simply because you are going all-out to win. Massage therapy can help to loosen up strained muscles and return flexibility to ligaments and tendons.
- Tight muscles are a common problem that should be dealt with after an event. A sports massage after the game is over is a great way to stretch out those tight muscles and increase blood flow to them.
- Using a particular set of muscles intensively can often result in them becoming somewhat ‘fixed’ in position. This can often happen during a sporting event. Massage can help return freedom of motion to these muscles as well as keeping others flexible.
- Athletes may not notice minor injuries such as cuts, scrapes, or bruises while they are concentrating on their game, which is why it’s important for the massage therapist to check for these while administering the post-event massage. He or she will also be on the lookout for any signs of sprains or strains.
When Is the Best Time for a Post-Event Massage?
The absolutely best time for a massage after the game is within 10 to 15 minutes after the event has ended. This will allow the athlete a few minutes to cool down a bit before hitting the table. Most matches will have massage therapists available for a post-event massage, but if yours does not, or if you have to leave immediately, getting a deep muscle massage within about a week’s time should help to return everything to normal, too. And please remember, if you haven’t yet added regularly scheduled massage to your training plan, now is an excellent time to do so.