How to incorporate sports massage into your training routine

How to incorporate sports massage into your training routine

If you’re an athlete, chances are you’ve heard of sports massage. But what is it, and how can it help your training routine? Sports massage is a type of massage that specifically targets muscle groups used in athletic activity. It can help relieve pain, improve range of motion, and reduce inflammation. By incorporating sports massage into your training routine, you can help keep your muscles healthy and improve your performance. Here’s a look at how to get started.

Why sports massage is important for athletes?

As an athlete, sports massage plays a crucial role in maximizing performance and preserving physical health. Through regular sports massage, muscles can be gently yet effectively manipulated to improve circulation, reduce fatigue, and speed up the recovery time after intense workouts. Moreover, sports massage can provide deep relaxation and tension relief through mild stretching – all of which help athletes stay more alert while competing. Ultimately, sports massage is key in helping athletes stay on top of their sports performance by avoiding injuries and efficiently improving flexibility. All these benefits make sports massage essential for anyone who’s serious about investing in peak athletic performance.

How to incorporate sports massage into your training routine?

Sports massage is an invaluable aid for any athlete looking to maximize their sports performance. Massage can help athletes of all levels, no matter if you are a professional athlete or just like to stay active in sports activities. It can have fantastic benefits, such as improving flexibility, reducing muscle tension and remedying posture imbalances caused by tight muscles. Incorporating sports massage into your regular training routine will give you an edge in terms of physical preparedness and helping to reduce the risk of injury. 

Relaxation massage courtesy of Human Integrated Performance

How often should you get a sports massage?

Sports massages can provide invaluable benefits to an athlete’s physical and mental health. Depending on an athlete’s sports-related activities, the type of sports they participate in, and the frequency of their exercise, sports massage sessions may need to be tailored differently. It is generally recommended that athletes get sports massages once a week to ensure optimal performance and overall well-being. The time spent with a sports massage therapist can help reduce muscle tension, optimise range of motion and allow for better recovery. For athletes competing regularly or training for an event, it is important to consider adding additional sports massage sessions into their weekly schedule.

What types of injuries can be treated with sports massage?

Common sports injuries that can be treated with sports massage include muscle strains, tendinitis, tendon tears, ligament sprains, bursitis, dislocation of joints, rotator cuff injuries and repetitive stress related problems. 

Furthermore, it helps manage the symptoms associated with some chronic health conditions like fibromyalgia or arthritis as well. By using sports massage techniques as part of a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to individual needs and goals, athletes can achieve successful outcomes such as reduction in pain levels and improved range of motion for better sports performance.

While the most serious athletes might already have a massage therapist on speed dial, for the rest of us, sports massage can easily be incorporated into our training routines. Just like any other type of self-care, regularity is key – aim to get a sports massage once every week or two. In addition to helping you train harder and recover faster, sports massage can also treat injuries such as tendonitis, shin splints, and general inflammation.

Sports massage is an important part of sports and exercise recovery for athletes. It involves the use of massage techniques to target specific muscles and areas that have been injured or overused during sports activities. By helping to reduce tension, sports massage can improve flexibility, range of motion, and performance while reducing muscle soreness and swelling after strenuous physical activity.

So whether you’re looking to up your game or simply find relief from nagging aches and pains, consider giving sports massage a try. If you like to book an appointment with a registered massage therapist just click the “find a clinic” button on this page to find a top clinic near you.

Trigger Point Therapy courtesy of Human Integrated Performance (Read the caption)


This appointment is your opportunity to tell us what hurts and discover whether physiotherapy or chiropractic care is a good fit for you! During this session, you will talk with a physiotherapist or chiropractor on a phone call (or online) and create the right care plan specifically for your pain. There is no obligation on this session is to find out whether physiotherapy or chiropractic care can help you getting back to doing the things you love in life.

Frequently Asked Questions

During a sports massage, athletes can expect their massage therapist to focus on areas of the body that are most affected by physical activity. The massage therapist will use techniques such as kneading, stretching and pressing in order to promote flexibility and reduce tension in muscles and other soft tissues. 

Sports massage is not typically considered painful, although some athletes may experience slight discomfort during the massage. This feeling of discomfort should not be cause for alarm, as sports massage has many physical and mental benefits for an athlete that far outweigh any temporary soreness. Generally speaking, sports massage techniques are applied with moderate to light pressure by a qualified sports massage therapist.

Sports massage can be done on an injured area with careful consideration. However, sports massage should not be attempted until the injury has begun to heal and the athlete is under professional medical care. A sports massage therapist should always consult with the athlete’s primary healthcare provider before beginning treatment.

About Nicolas Allen

Human Integrated Performance Edmonton Ab Physiotherapy Nicolas

Nicolas has an extensive background in sport psychology and counselling. A five-time member of the Canadian National Fencing Team, Nicolas earned his Masters in Counselling Psychology from City University of Seattle, after earning Physical Education degree from the University of Alberta with a major in sport psychology. Nicolas’ special interests include eating disorders, depression, anxiety, and sport and performance psychology. Nicolas is an avid cyclist and enjoys participating in a wide variety of sports.

Medical Disclaimer:

The information presented in this blog post is for educational purposes and should not be interpreted as medical advice. If you are seeking medical advice, treatment or a diagnosis, consult with a medical professional such as one suggested on this website. The Clinic Accelerator Inc. and the author of this page are not liable for the associated risks of using or acting upon the information contained in this article.

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