Sports mas­sage

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THE UL­TI­MATE de­light most in­dulged to find re­lax­ation and re­lief from phys­i­cal stress is a good mas­sage. Not many know about the great ben­e­fits of a mas­sage es­pe­cially for ath­letes who should in­clude it in their regimen.

Sports Mas­sage as it is called is an im­por­tant el­e­ment in most pro­fes­sional train­ing pro­grams. Most elite teams or sports per­son, coaches and train­ers to in­clude sports doc­tors ac­knowl­edges the im­por­tance of mas­sage to an ath­lete’s train­ing, devel­op­ment and re­cov­ery in some oc­ca­sions.

We see pro­fes­sional ath­letes like in the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion or NBA be­ing treated to a quick mas­sage in the side­line af­ter be­ing sub­sti­tuted. Those are not just some guy that is called for a quick mas­sage, those are phys­i­cal ther­a­pist pro­fes­sion­ally trained to cater to sports mas­sage needs to help ease mus­cle ten­sions. They are in­di­vid­ual ther­a­pist or per­sonal ther­a­pist or a ther­a­pist as­signed for

their team.

Aside from the sports of bas­ket­ball, other sports dis­ci­plines are al­ready in­clud­ing a pro­fes­sional ther­a­pist or a sports doc­tor in their ros­ter. Not just to fill in po­si­tions but as an in­te­gral part to make sure their ath­letes are in tip­top shape.

Ac­cord­ing to a sports medicine doc­tor, sports mas­sage, if done prop­erly does not only pre­vent in­jury but also boosts the ath­letes per­for­mance. To un­der­stand it bet­ter, let us say a mas­sage be­fore an ath­lete’s train­ing or com­pe­ti­tion is an es­sen­tial warm-up to get him ready for the ac­tiv­ity as well as a good cool down to help the ath­lete re­lax and ease mus­cle ten­sions to aug­ment its re­cov­ery while go­ing to rest.

Sports mas­sage is ben­e­fi­cial not only to a per­son’s mus­cles but also to the fol­low­ing as iden­ti­fied by Na­tional Cen­ter for Biotech­nol­ogy In­for­ma­tion: re­duces heart rate, low­ers blood pres­sure, re­duces re­cov­ery time af­ter an in­jury, re­habs an in­jury, low­ers anx­i­ety, im­proves mood, in­creases blood flow through­out the body, bring­ing vi­tal oxy­gen and nu­tri­ents all over, re­lieves mus­cle pain and ten­sion, im­proves con­nec­tive tis­sue heal­ing, which pro­motes mus­cle elas­tic­ity, sta­bi­lizes cor­ti­sol lev­els (a stress hor­mone, sim­i­lar to adren­a­line), im­proves mus­cle flex­i­bil­ity, which re­duces and pre­vents in­jury.

Right ed­u­ca­tion on how to boost an ath­lete’s per­for­mance and aug­ment his re­cov­ery is the only way to see and ap­pre­ci­ate the im­por­tance of hav­ing a Sports Doc­tor or Sports Ther­a­pist who is knowl­edge­able about sports mas­sage to be in­cluded in their re­spec­tive ros­ter wor­thy for the ex­tra salary cap.

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