Many athletes get massages before their events, during their events, and after their events.
Prior to event
Stretches prior to pushing your body to the limits helps prevent injuries. It can also make you feel better, boost confidence, and provide readiness.
During event massage
Giving a massage during an event helps an athlete cool down from a previous performance and get ready for the next event.
These may last 2-15 minutes and has the following benefits:
- Muscles stay warm and loose
- Helps ward off Delayded Onset Muscle Soreness
- Helps to maintain joint and muscle flexibility
Learn more about mid-event massages at LA Massage here.
Post event, a good sports massage can reduce recovery time, help flush toxins out of the system, and can even help identify potential injuries. If you are looking for one of these you can read more about sports massage here.
So, can massage during events prevent injuries in athletes?