In 2008, the North American Journal of Sports Physical Therapy released a study about the benefits of massage in relation to sports related injuries. The study results reported that a poor understanding exists for the appropriate clinical use of sports massage. For your benefit, I have provided a brief explanation of just how very important massage, as well as the timing of receiving your massage, is in relation to sports activities and injuries in particular.
Sports massage is defined as a collection of massage techniques performed on athletes or active individuals for the purpose of aiding recovery or treating pathology. Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is a common physiological response experienced by athletes after initiating or resuming an exercise routine, after increasing exercise intensity, or after performing eccentric forms of training (i.e. downhill running). Athletic performance may be hindered due to DOMS, loss of range of motion, and decreased muscle strength.
Is lactic acid causing your sore muscles? It is commonly thought that lactic acid accumulation after exercise leads to the pain associated with DOMS, however this theory has been recently rejected. Any increased lactic acid levels after exercise return to baseline in approximately one hour after exercise. Lactic acid likely only contributes to acute pain versus the pain experienced 24 to 48 hours after exercise. One of the major findings of the study found that massage can positively affect subjects' perceived intensity of DOMS related soreness, but not until 48 hours post exercise.
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