School is starting back up for K-12 and college and universities. I am already seeing proud parents post about their student-athletes with pictures and accomplishments in games and tournaments.
For high school and beyond, student-athletes typically have access to school-appointed trainers and medical staff. But what can they do beyond the school to help with their athletic performance? What more can we do to give them a competitive edge without resorting to drugs are harmful practices?
Two things come quickly to mind. Massage therapy for student-athletes and manual manipulation therapy.
Why Massage for Student-Athletes?
As parents, we want the best for our children at any age. When they become teenagers and college students, the competition becomes more intense. The commitment to their sport becomes more important. For high school, this could mean scholarships and opportunities they can’t get any other way. And yet, we want them to be safe, happy, and healthy while doing something they love.
Our infrared sauna is also extremely beneficial to athletes. Check out this article to read about all the Healing Benefits of Infrared Suana Treatments.
Making massage therapy a part of their training routine can benefit student-athletes in so many ways:
- Speed up recovery time
- Heal overworked muscles
- Improve circulation
- Improve sleep for better performance
- Promote a healthy appreciation for self-care
- Counter balance overtraining
- Improve trouble spots
- Improve coordination
- Reduce stress
Making the Most of Your Massage for Student-Athletes
In order to maximize the benefit of sports massage, here are some tips:
- Schedule your sports massage (30 minutes to 90 minute massage) for after your workout or on rest day.
- Cool down completely after your workout before getting a massage.
- Take a shower, sauna, steam bath, or Jacuzzi before your sports massage. This will give you a jump start on relaxation.
- Communicate with your massage therapist about your recent activity, injuries, or upcoming events so she or he can customize the massage.
- Be sure to inform the massage therapist about painful areas.
- Be as diligent with your massage schedule as you are with your training. Regular sports massage means once a week to once a month.
Call All Body Kneads today to schedule your sports massage.
Make an appointment today for your student-athlete
All Body Kneads massage therapy has many massage therapy options and an infrared sauna to help with self-care. We are here to help.