Training for a Marathon – How Sports Massage can revitalise and rejuvenate 16 Apr 2019
Sports massage can be used pre and post-performance for recovery between high periods of exercise.
Sports massage can be used pre-performance and post-performance and has been shown to be beneficial for recovery between high periods of exercise. This is both from a physical point of view and mental point of view.
Research studies regarding perceived fatigue and recovery, showed that subjects felt they were less fatigued and that they recovered faster after a sports massage and that delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) was significantly reduced. From a mental point of view the results are just as important and sports massages have been shown to decrease anxiety, improve mood and allow you to get a better night’s sleep.
All of these proven affects can you lead you to recovery both physical and mentally in periods of high training intensity. In marathon training, you should try to have a massage in between your long runs. Towards the end of your training this is normally 2-3 weeks before. This allows you to recovery quicker and be physical and mentally prepared for race day.
Also on post-marathon morning, walking around like a wide legged Texan cowboy is a pride that shouts; I completed the London Marathon. Enjoy that day!!
However, walking around for a week like that just looks silly and can lead to injury.
So get back quicker by having a sports massage and doing a light run 2-3 days later to flush the system and start training for your next one!
All our sports massages are by sports physiotherapists who have worked with recreational and elite athletes, so you can be confident you are in safe hands.
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