EF­FECTS ON RACE RE­COV­ERY

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES -

Ath­letes be­lieve mas­sage helps to im­prove blood f low, re­duc­ing the amount of lac­tic acid in the sys­tem and re­duc­ing mus­cu­lar fa­tigue post-race. Some re­search has shown that man­ual mas­sage does not in­crease ar­te­rial blood flow, which would re­move the lac­tic acid. How­ever, peo­ple tend to re­lax with gen­tle mas­sage and, through this mus­cu­lar re­lax­ation, the lac­tic acid can be re­moved more quickly be­cause the mus­cle tone in the mus­cle is re­duced. Oth­ers say the placebo ef­fect is so strong that ath­letes be­lieve the mas­sage re­moves lac­tic acid so they do not feel the same sore­ness in the fol­low­ing days re­gard­less.

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