What is Sports Therapy?
Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare that is specifically concerned with the prevention of injury and the rehabilitation of the
patient back to optimum levels of functional, occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability.
It utilises the principles of sport and exercise sciences incorporating physiological and pathological processes to prepare the
participant for training, competition and where applicable, work. (Society of Sports Therapists, 2009)
At Apex Sports Therapy we are able to offer a range of services that will aid us in assessing and treating your injury, which
- Sports massage
- Soft tissue release
- Joint mobilisations
- Sports specific rehabilitation exercises
What is Sports Massage?
Sports massage is a hugely beneficial tool that should be considered as an important part of any sportsman, sportswoman, or general person’s life, not only for its
physical benefits, but its psychological effects too.
Simply put, having a sports massage is a great way of ‘re-setting’ the body and muscles back to normal, which in turn leads to a reduction in risk of injury due to an
increase in mobility which also helps to relieve pain.
The physical effects of massage include:
- Reduction of pain – Sports massage removes waste products and tension which are present in the muscle, causing the muscle to relax, therefore
- Stretching – massage stretches muscle tissues which are usually difficult to get to with conventional stretching methods helping to release
- Nutrients – Massage deep into the muscle causes the tissue to open up and results in the dilation of blood vessels which means that it can absorb
more oxygen and nutrients which will help it to recover quicker. It will also help to remove waste products which are present following exercise.
- Scar tissue – After an injury such as a muscle strain, scar tissue is created by the body to help the healing phase, however, once healed the scar
tissue can actually have a negative affect on the muscle as the muscle fibers are not able to move to the full capacity. Sports massage can break down scar tissue, returning the muscle to its optimal
The psychological effects of massage include:
- Relaxation – The general feeling of a massage can be very relaxing due to the heating of the muscle and increase of circulation. This can lead to a
reduction in anxiety and nerves, which can be ideal to calm nerves before a match.
- Energizing – A pre-match/event massage can result in a feeling of high energy and readiness for competition due to quick and warming massage