Pre event massage can be performed anytime from two days to immediately before an event.
Pre event sports massage is specifically designed to help prepare an athlete’s body and mind to perform at their optimal level.
“Over relaxation” of muscles and nervous systems is not desirable before the competitive event, especially for sports that require speed, strength and explosive power. Therefore, fast, vigorous and stimulating massage techniques are often utilized during the pre-event sports massage. The massage may be administered mainly in seated position in order to maintain sufficient sympathetic and vascular tones.
Post event massage can be performed immediately after the event.
Post event sports massage is specifically designed to help athlete’s body to recover as quickly and effectively as possible after their event. Post event sports massage is also administered with the intention to prevent or minimize post exercise muscle soreness, also known as delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
Slow superficial stroking and deep massage techniques may be incorporated during the post-event sports massage. The massage can be administered in lying position in order to relax vascular tones and induce a generalized relaxation response through activation of the parasympathetic nervous system.
Characteristics of Sports Massage
Relaxation **** (Post Event)
Intensity: Mild (Post Event), Moderate – Strong (Pre Event)
Tip: Less Likely