Benefits of sports massage
Sports massage is effective because of the beneficial physiological and psychological effects that are derived from the massage. Specifically, sports massage treatments enable the athlete in training to work out and recover faster and more efficiently. During any exercise, as a muscle contracts to do the work, it's fibers shorten and glide together allowing the muscle and tendon to broaden. In sports massage, compression and friction techniques imitate this broadening to help create more pliability of the connective tissues and eliminating restrictions in the broadening of the muscle.
Some of the benefits of sports massage include:
A tight muscle is a weak muscle. A tight muscle is not using all of it's fibers for contracting and therefore a workout will not be as effective. A tight muscle increases the risk of injury.