AN INTRODUCTION TO SPORTS MASSAGE

AN INTRODUCTION TO SPORTS MASSAGE

What is sports massage?

Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. It is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activities.

Where did massage originate?

The word massage comes from the French, Greek, Arabic, & Latin languages. In Latin, massa means ‘to touch, handle, to work with the hands, to knead’. It is recorded as one of the earliest forms of physical therapy, dating back over 3000 years in countries such as China, India, and Greece.


How is sports massage different from other forms of massage?

While other forms of massage, such as Swedish or holistic massage, have some aims in common with sports massage - such as physical and mental relaxation - sports massage is specifically designed to assist active people in their sport or fitness activities. A sports massage therapist is concerned primarily with muscular & skeletal alignment, how exercise affects the body's systems, and how massage can promote or reduce these effects for the benefit of the athlete. Many of the aims of sports massage, such as injury prevention and the promotion of recovery, are therefore quite different from the aims of other forms of massage.


What are the benefits of sports massage?

There are numerous physiological, psychological, and neurological benefits of sports massage. These include, but are not limited to;


  • The release of muscular tension and pain

  • Improved drainage of waste products

  • Reduced discomfort of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)

  • Improved posture & flexibility


Who can benefit from sports massage?

Anyone who engages in physical activity for the purpose of sport or fitness - irrespective of age, fitness level, or ability.


Is sports massage a recognised form of therapy?

Sports massage has become more and more popular as the number of people participating in sport and fitness has increased, as well as the physical demands placed on athletes. Many athletes are being introduced to sports massage and are increasingly aware of the benefits.

Acceptance in the UK has gained huge momentum since the 1990s, with sports massage now being well established within the curricula of many nationally recognised courses, as well as a staple in nearly all sports clubs, from amateur to elite. As a result, sports massage is becoming more widely accepted by athletes, sports scientists, coaches and industry bodies as a means of enhancing performance, aiding recovery and preventing injury. 

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* During the national lockdown sports massage may continue being offered for those with diagnosed health conditions or injuries that are causing pain or loss of mobility. *