Can Massage Therapy Improve Athletic Performance?

October 29, 2015 by Jordan Nunziato

Can Massage Therapy Improve Athletic Performance?

Sports Massage an Essential Part of an Athlete’s Regimen

 

Sports massage therapy has become a mainstay for athletes in recent years. According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), massage can be a very important part of an athlete’s regimen.

 

The threshold of human athletic performance is pushed every year. Advances in training and conditioning techniques are allowing the human body to go far beyond the once perceived limits. With improved equipment, enhanced understanding of how nutrition fuels the body, enlightened attitudes about psychological aspects of competition and scientific advances in the study of body structure and function, it’s no wonder we’re seeing such a leap in athletic performance.

 

Sports Massage is a Key Player in Achieving High Athletic Performance

 

The AMTA has been a vital partner in helping to implement the use of new performance enhancing techniques. Sports massage therapy has become a key component of achieving high athletic performance.  

 

Recent research has also measured changes in levels of endorphins and serotonin after sports massage, which may reduce pain and contribute to reduced levels of delayed onset muscle soreness.

 

Sports massage can also speed healing and reduce discomfort during the rehabilitation process.

 

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