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Sports massage therapy has been a time-honoured practice dating back to ancient Greece and Rome.
Sports massage therapy can be included in a training program as a pre-event warm up or post-event cool down to aid performance and assist in injury prevention.
Current research provides evidence that massage therapy can reduce delayed muscle soreness and positively affect heart rate, blood pressure and stress hormonal levels resulting in a relaxation response, reduced anxiety and improved mood.
Registered Massage Therapists may help:
Poppendieck, W., Wegmann, M., Ferrauti, A., Kellmann, M., Pfeiffer, M., & Meyer, T. (2016). Massage and performance recovery: A meta-analytical review. Sports Medicine, 46(2), 183–204
Loudon, J. K., Reiman, M. P., & Sylvain, J. (2014). The efficacy of manual joint mobilisation/manipulation in treatment of lateral ankle sprains: A systematic review. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 48(5), 365–70.