Sports Massage: Key to Maximized Athletic Performance

Want to increase your flexibility? Reduce fatigue? AND improve your endurance?

No, you don’t need a magical pill to do all of these things. All you need is an hour and the need to get relaxed and rejuvenated. I’m talking about sports massages.

Sports massages are designed specifically for athletes, but can be used for all individuals regardless of your fitness level. The specific sports massage technique, however, depends on the athlete at hand. It allows the masseuse to customize their process and focus on different areas of the body that are utilized more often in certain sports.

Sports massages are often fast-paced and can even be used as a pre-workout stretch to warm up athletes’ muscles. They are specifically designed for athletes to have their muscles warmed up while also getting the opportunity to relax.

Athletes also benefit from deep tissue massages. These massages are often suggested for areas that may have specific issues because heavier pressure is applied on certain muscles. It is designed to get rid of knots and other problem areas that athletes may have from overworking certain muscles.

While massages can help an athlete relax after a vigorous session of training, they can also help prevent future injury and even improve performance according to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).

Sports massages have many other physical and mental benefits including:

  • Dilating blood vessels in the cardiovascular system in order to help them work more efficiently to promote circulation.
  • Getting athletes into a more relaxed, low-tension state in order to encourage focus.
  • Increasing range of motion for athletes.
  • Decrease muscle stiffness and soreness after exercise.
  • Reduces stress and anxiety by activating your parasympathetic nervous system so athletes can get an increase in dopamine levels and a reduction in cortisol levels, all reducing stress.

Want to start enhancing your athletic performance while preventing injuries along the way? I have recently partnered up with Zen Massage SouthPark, offering 20% OFF for TRiYON members, and 10% OFF thereafter. Make sure to go check them out and reap the benefits that your body needs!

Stop Stress and Inflammation

Do you want to stop stress and inflammation? The TRIYON answer might surprise you! As an athlete you want to train hard and stress your muscles and skeletal system to their limit. This stress is challenging but good. Your body naturally responds to the stress with acute inflammation to help you recover and grow stronger. This inflammation is good and will go away within a day or two. This stress and recovery process is called the hard easy principle. Your body needs both stress and inflammation to function optimally, and to PR!

The problem arises when you have too much stress and inflammation; too much of a good thing. Stressing your body beyond its limit is risky, especially on consecutive days. Overuse of the same muscle groups day after day can send you down the injury path. Good, acute inflammation then becomes chronic and bad. Injury results, and performance and health are compromised. This is a big reason I love triathlon training. Even if you're a runner or a cyclist training for a particular event, you can benefit greatly. Your body gets relief and recovery from one sport while you train the supporting muscles in another sport!

Proper Running Technique

Running research has shown the optimal running cadence to be around 180 steps per minute. Regardless of your cadence, take shorter, faster strides and increase your number by 3-5 steps/minute. Try this for 1 week, and you will recruit dormant gluteal muscles and naturally increase your hip extension. Teaching yourself to "run shorter" will boost your speed and keep you running healthy for a lifetime! TRIYON tips to make you stronger, faster, and fitter!