Sports Massage and Running
Updated: Dec 11, 2019
By Cristina Perez Bermejo
SPORTS MASSAGE & RUNNING
According to researchers it’s estimated that 1.6 billion people across the world practice running as a form of exercise or competition.1
A higher number of runners will possibly lead to more running related injuries, but there are some ways of prevention that will decrease the chance of developing one, for example Sports Massage.
Sports massage can play an important role and can be linked to the following aspects:
- Performance enhancement: Tight muscles can cause inflexibility, that would affect to movement pattern and/or lack of strength, which can prevent efficient training and performance.
- Injury prevention: Tightness can be a cause due to soft tissue injuries. Chronic tightness can cause muscle and connective tissue inflammation, resulting in:
Back and shoulder problems, ITB syndrome, Shin splints, Achilles tendinopathy, Plantar fascitis, etc.
- Injury rehabilitation: When undertaken along with medical treatment and sports therapy, deep tissue massage provides a faster recovery for athletes.
Different massage techniques will help breaking down the scar tissue developed by natural tissue healing. It can be also accompanied by joint movements and assisted stretching. 2
Different types of Sports Massage.
Pre-event: help getting the muscles ready for the competition (48 hours in advance).
At the event: warm up for the muscles increasing the blood flow. 15- 45 minutes before the competition.