Massage facilitates soft tissue healing by reducing both primary and secondary oedema. Studies have shown that incorporating massage on top of the usual ice, compression and elevation may get you back on the field 2 days sooner. Massage may help to improve circulation to injured areas to help muscles recover sooner and heal faster helping to get you back training and playing sooner. Not only can it help you prepare physically for the big day but it can also help you prepare mentally.
Psychological readiness is an important part of game day preparation, massage may assist with this, studies have shown that massage may improve mood and reduce anxiety leading to improved performance. (2). When you receive your massage is really up to you, my personal advice on how I prepare myself for finals is, I like to receive a massage 1 to 2 days post game to help aid recovery and also the day before game day to mentally and physically prepare for the final show down.
by Ben Hewitt
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