Sports and Massage – Why Everyday Athletes Can Benefit 1

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Mountain Biking in Crested Butte, CO. Photo courtesy of TRAILSOURCE.COM

Denver, CO is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. The Rocky Mountains are right in our backyard, and most outdoor activities– like cycling, rock climbing, white water rafting, hiking, skiing, and snowboarding (just to name a few)– are available within an hour’s drive out of the city. This means we have a lot of recreational and competitive athletes, all of whom could use the benefits massage therapy has to offer.

Sports massage is targeted to help improve function and performance and help support recovery. By using highly targeted massage on the muscle groups the athlete uses the most (runners need focus on their legs and glutes, whereas rowers need arm and back work), massage can:

  • Increase circulation, helping eliminate soreness and decrease recovery time.
  • Support flexibility and range of motion, thus decreasing the risk of injury.
  • Reduce overall muscles tension, crucial for resting and recovery.

Massage can be performed at the sports event, to help warm up or cool down an athlete. Sports massage can also be part of a comprehensive maintenance program, designed to support the athlete through their training/event/rest cycles. Also a common aspect of a sports massage program, injury massage helps athletes recover from the sprains, strains, and cramps they accrue during the course of their training.

Whether you’re a casual gym user, a weekend warrior, or a seasoned professional, these benefits work for all manner of athlete, provided you actually get the massage! Talk to your therapist to find out the best massage regimen for your level of activity.

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