How to Give a Sports Massage

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Sports injuries are common. One way to help with the healing process, as well as prevent future injuries, is through sports massage.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    How to Give a Sports Massage

  1. 1

    Massage all of the aching muscles. The muscles used during the sport should be focused on during a sports massage.

  2. 2

    Start lightly. Warm the muscles up by massaging them lightly. You can then use harder stoking movements once the muscles are used to the pressure.

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    Knead the muscles. Kneading movements apply deep pressure on the muscles and help them to strengthen and heal.

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    Continue the pressure. When giving a sports massage, you should keep applying sustained pressure along the entire muscle to allow it to fully benefit from the sports massage.

  5. 5

    Use circular motions. Massaging the muscles in a circular motion is beneficial because the movement helps to get every area of the muscle.

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    Give massages often. In order to heal injuries, increase flexibility and remove lactic acid, a sports massage should be given often. Light massages can be given every day and deep massages should be done at least once a month.

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    Recover. After giving a light massage, the athlete can return to the field of play almost immediately. If you use deep techniques, the muscles need to take a day to recover.

Tips and warnings

  • When you are giving a sports massage, it is important to target the most commonly used muscles, such as hamstrings, quads and the lower back, as frequently as possible during the massage.

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