Sports Massage used as a Pre-Competition Tool
Pre-Competitor massage has a great influence on both the physical and psychological state of the athlete, prior to competition. It is indeed helpful to work with a Massage Therapist that is familiar with the various pre-competitive states on the athlete. That said, since the massage will influence the mental state of the athlete in competition, it is again helpful to work with a massage therapist familiar with athletes.
The massage can be done in a stimulating fashion, which may be beneficial for the athlete that has difficulty during warm-up, to assist in increasing blood flow to the muscles as well as tone. Pre-Competiton massage done with vigorous techniques and strokes, will also promote the systemic distribution or stimulating hormones, such as adrenaline, epinephrine and norepinephrine, needed for peak sports performance.
The effect of this massage is a two-fold. It has a mechanical effect on muscle tones well as a stimulating effect on the CNS
(Central Nervous System), which may result in elevated alertness and focus during performance.
Pre-Competitor massage can also have a calming effect, reducing stress and nervousness. This type of massage is done utilizing slower, calming strokes, with aim to reduce the excessive muscular tension, and lower stimulating nerve impulses (sympathetic nerve firing).