The Importance of Sports Massage

Sports Massage helps a longer-term training regime, such as that Marathon Des Sables, being undertaken by Vitality Fitness regular customer, Adam Chapman.

The Marathon Des Sables is an ultra-marathon which means covering 156 miles over 6 days with only one day rest! As if that was not enough it is in one of the world’s most gruelling environments; the Sahara desert. It will most definitely be hot (understatement of the year). Anyway so Adam is definitely hard-core to want to do this race! He is running to raise money for the charity Walking with the Wounded and you can catch up with Adam on his blog below:

Sports massage therapy can benefit every part of an athlete’s training program. Sports massage can help to treat specific problems that are preventing you from following your training program, speed up your recovery, reduce adhesions or ‘tight’ areas in your muscle by increasing circulation.

Runners get a great deal from sports massage due to the repetitive muscle contraction required for running. During a longer run the muscles, tendons, fascia and ligaments are all put under a lot of stress from the force exerted on them by running. Sports massage will reduce tension in the muscles produced from running and reduce soreness after training. Any injuries which do occur (from insufficient warm up or cool down etc) can be properly treated by reducing  scar tissue and in doing so reducing the reoccurrence of the same injury.

As some massage techniques used by Donna increase lymphatic flow, an increased amount of wastes are drained from muscles, including lactic acid which leads to that shorter recovery time I’ve mentioned above. Any soreness in the muscles from a heavy training session can be reduced by sports massage, range of motion can be restored or improved (depending on the sport), overall performance and running technique (efficiency) itself  improved.

Runners can help the benefits of sports massage to stay with them longer by drinking plenty of water,  improving sleep patterns, appropriate nutrition and stretching.

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