This technique involves the manipulation of the soft tissues of the athlete by a therapist (stroking, gliding, compressing or stretching) which can be performed before or after event.
Helps to relieve muscle tension and increases flexibility.
The massage techniques used by the therapist are specific to the event.
Pre-event massages are an integral component of event preparation for many athletes. It helps to prepare the muscles and tissue of an athlete which increases performance. It is generally undergone 15-45minutes before the event.
Post-event massages are also practiced by many athletes. They help to aid in recovery from the activity. This is achieved through reducing exercise soreness, re-establishing full range or motion and enhancing blood flow to tightened muscles. It has been proven that post-event massage reduces the effect of delayed onset muscle soreness. This method speeds up the removal of metabolic by-products produced by the body and therefore aids for a quick recovery.