Importance of Sports Massage - Common Triathlon Injuries
Triathlon is a demanding sport which places the body under a lot of physical stress, as you are training and racing three different sports which are very demanding on the body.
Common injuries due to triathlon training are:
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Illiotibial band syndrome (runner's knee)
- Hamstring strain
- Achilles tendinitis
- Shin splints (posterior compartment syndrome)
- Plantar fasciitis
- General muscle soreness and fatigue
Sports massage differs from other types of massage; It is tailored to be more specific to an athlete's needs. How? The muscles are treated deeper and various stretching techniques are incorporated to benefit the triathlete.
Regular sports massage treatment (on and off season) should form part of your overall training plan just like how you would schedule in core and strength training to improve performance. Our fully qualified and experienced massage therapists at Physio on Brunswick can provide you with this specialized treatment, centrally located in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley; just five minutes' drive from the Brisbane CBD and five minutes' walk from Fortitude Valley railway station.
Benefits of Sports Massage:
- Improved recovery from hard races
- Injury prevention
- Injury rehabilitation
- Improve circulation & lymphatic flow
- Assist in the removal of metabolic waste
- Sedate or stimulate nerve endings
- Increase or decrease muscle tone
- Increase or decrease muscle length
- Remodel scar tissue when required
- Assist in mental preparation for sporting participation
More about Triathlon and massage:
Triathlon places the body under a lot of mechanical, muscular, and mental stress and during an event, you will be working lots of different muscle groups.
However, triathlon is a repetitive sport and your body can create muscles imbalances that lead to injury.
During the “tuck position” in your tri-bars, you will encourage a forward head posture which later can lead to headaches, thoracic outlet syndrome and tight neck and shoulders.
More importantly, these muscle imbalances lead to a cascade of postural problems down the spine and into the knees and feet.
If you race Olympic Distance triathlons, and even as long as Ironman distance triathlons, you could be racing up to 17 hours! Swimming, Cycling and Running with postural issues/muscle imbalances is not a way to go!
It is beneficial to those who race regularly to receive massage treatment either before a race, or, at the end of a hard training session.
For pre-race massage we would advise seeing the triathlete 3-4 days before their race. This will give the body enough time to recover and gain the full benefits of a massage.
You can also have a sports massage a couple of days or the day before an event, but be aware of how your body reacts and recovers from treatment. Leading up to race day, we normally only apply light, quick massage to prevent any soreness.
We advise our clients that the best time to get massage is during the recovery week (or after the hardest session that you are doing that particular week) when the training workload is lighter. During this lighter phase or week leading to a race we normally supplement with massage sessions, stretching and corrective exercise.
Post-event massage is always important as part of the recovery phase. Again, you would have placed the body under a lot of physical stress during the race and will no doubt come away with aching muscles and feeling tired. We advise our athletes (depending on the event) to get a post-race massage 2-3 days after the event. The main aim of post-race massage is to help flush out toxins, lactate acid and promote healing and performance.
You may feel the need to get regular sports massage on a weekly, fortnightly, or, monthly basis - this is great in helping you to recover from your training. Massage will also help with flexibility, it will help prevent injury and it will make sure that your muscles are relaxed for future training sessions.
Physio on Brunswick has established itself a centre of excellence in physiotherapy practice, massage and pilates training in the heart of Brisbane.
For personalized service and professional sports massage tailored to your specific needs, please call us on 3252 5277.