You may be thinking: “A massage is just a massage, surely?”, but you couldn’t be further from the truth. Sports massage therapy is an integral part of sports training and success with minimal injuries and maximum muscle recovery.
What is sports massage therapy – how it works
Sports massage therapy is not the same as a standard massage. The purpose of this treatment is to manipulate soft tissue to benefit a person who is highly active and engages in regular physical activity. Soft tissue is connective tissue that has not hardened into bone or cartilage. It encompasses skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (which is a form of connective tissue that lines and encloses the other soft tissues).
The purpose of sports massage therapy is to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused by repetitive and strenuous physical activity and impact on the muscles. Having this kind of treatment done before or after (or both) exercise may enhance athletic performance, help with muscle recovery and prevent injury.
Benefits of sports massage therapy – how it can help
Whether experienced physiologically or psychologically, there are a variety of benefits to be experienced by this kind of treatment:
- Increased blood flow
- An increased joint range of motion
- Increased flexibility
- Increased elimination of exercise waste products (most commonly lactic acid)
- Increased feeling of well-being
- Decreased muscle tension
- Relaxed nerves
- Reduced risk of injury
- Shorter recovery time between workouts
- Fewer muscle spasms
Sports Massage Therapy at Physical IQ
Physical IQ has partnered with Camelot to bring you the industry-leading course in Sports Massage. This program is part of the Camelot therapeutic massage qualification, the only recognised therapeutic massage certificate accredited and recognised in South Africa. Students completing the Physical IQ sports massage certificate will gain credits towards the Camelot therapeutic massage program should they wish to pursue this avenue of study further.
If you wish to enrol in this prestigious course that can take your name to new heights, contact us! We are running a course open to those from outside the college on the 11th of June to the 29th – to register email firstname.lastname@example.org.