Some possible results you may encounter when receiving a massage are.
Biomechanical – a decrease in tissue adhesion, increase in ROM (range of motion), a decrease in passive and active stiffness.
Physiological – increase in skin and muscle blood circulation, increase in parasympathetic activity, increase in relaxation hormones and a decrease in stress hormones.
Neurological – a decrease in neuromuscular excitability, a decrease in pain, muscle tension or muscle spasm.
Psychological – an improved ability to be calm and relax and a decrease in anxiety.
So how may these benefits help improve your sport performance?
Massage may increase flexibility which may lead to decrease chance of injury in pre-competition and competition phase (1). Massage can improve athletic performance especially when an individual is hampered with DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness), loss of ROM, and decreased muscle strength. (1).
Massage is considered to enhance muscle relaxation, reduce muscle tension and soreness while promoting healing which may improve the sports performance. Massage may also leave a soothing and invigorating feeling that will improve an individuals overall demeanour through improved mood and confidence in within their mind and body. Massage may also prevent or reduce the likely hood of acute injuries resulting from abnormal muscle or tissue conditions. (2)
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