Ever thought about a pre-match sports massage? The idea sounds good but I know from experience that I can get tired and lethargic after a massage. What better way to research the benefits than to have a sports massage myself. I can now tell you it was one of the most brutally painful experiences of my life. The massage therapist honestly didn’t look like she could inflict that sort of pain on anyone, and after a particularly excruciating move, I turned to see a look of hilarity/serial killer on her face. I distanced myself quickly from the sadistic therapist but I felt immediately relaxed and notably pain free.
The theory behind a pre-event massage describes a loosening of skin and connective tissue which can be a source of restriction to a performer, helping relive muscular tension and improving flexibility. A pre-event warm-up massage can increase blood circulation and body temperature, put joints through full range of movement and be sport specific by mimicking movements. By using the correct massage techniques pre-event, it may stimulate physical performance.
So it all sounds good, but the real test was my levels of performance during the match. Unfortunately, the match was called off as the opposition failed to turn up, however I felt that the alternative kick about in the garden with the kids went very well and I scored a number of goals. So if I ever needed proof that sports massage worked then this was it. Just be prepared for financial and physical pain if you decide on regular pre-match treatments.