In the 1970s, James Cyriax, M.D., known as the father of orthopedic medicine, developed a series of deep friction techniques for massage therapy that continues to be used in sports medicine today.
What is a sports massage?
It is the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit a person engaged in regular physical activity.
The aim of a sports massage is to reduce the stress and tension that can build up in the soft tissues of the body during exercise. It can increase endurance and improve performance.
When is it best to have a sports massage?
Massages before exercise or an event can warm up the muscles and get them ready for action. They encourage the blood to flow properly.
The speed of the massage stimulates the muscles using rhythmic techniques, this prevents the muscles from relaxing.
A sports massage before a football or rugby game can help with your range of movement and increase flexibility. It is also a great way to prevent injury.
Often athletes and sports people can feel nervous before their event, a sports massage can aid the tension that anxiety can build up within the body.
Post event massage
A massage after an event can aid athletes and sports people in recovering from the activity they participated in. It flushes out lactic acid buildup, reduces post-exercise soreness, and re-establishes range of motion and blood flow to tight muscles.
It can also give athletes and sports people a big psychological lift.
BODYCORE’s Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy provides Trainees with a combination of knowledge and skills to be recognised as a qualified sports massage therapist.
The qualification is suitable for individuals who wish to pursue or further a career in sports massage, providing sports massage therapy to a wide range of clients, inclusive of sports performers, athletes and individuals suffering from day to day problems such as repetitive strain injury, sprains, tension and fatigue.
Want to find out more?
Get in touch with us today!