For many athletes the massage has long been a compulsory program. The many athletes, however, who do not have a support staff available, will consider them rather as a luxury. Nevertheless, the frequent course to the masseur or physiotherapist is also highly recommended. Because the massage is soothing and regenerating. Their range is broadly diversified! The following list does not claim to be complete, but gives a first impression of the physical and psychological effects:
The muscles, which are often painfully tense, are loosened.
The tense capacity of the relaxed muscle is significantly improved.
Tendons, ligaments and joints are activated.
Fluid accumulations (swellings) in the region of the joints can recoil.
The blood circulation is accelerated and the metabolism is improved.
The nervous system has a massage with a change in the excitement and inhibition processes. Immediately following a massage, the excitation level is inhibited, but after a few hours it is clearly increased with the consequence of greater performance and performance.
Nervousness and mental stress can be reduced.
The massage should be applied once or twice a week in normal training sessions and every second day during high-load periods, with the manual focus on the most heavily loaded muscle and joint regions. During the full body massage and acompetition should be at least 8 hours. Athletes with strong leg hair should shave the legs before the massage, in order to prevent a possible hair root inflammation.