How to Increase Performance During Marathon Training
Preparing to race in a marathon is no easy feat. Months of preparation go into a training program. Not only is physical stamina required to get you across that finish line, but also consistent mental stamina. The last thing marathon runners need holding them back is a limiting and painful injury.
A sports injury inhibits performance and cuts into valuable trainings days if the injury is severe enough. A flare up during your event could result a in significant loss in time – or worse, having to drop out of the race.
Every marathon runner should be incorporating massage therapy into their training program. As the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine points out, “Massage has become a necessary ingredient for an athlete to help avoid sports injuries and for optimum performance. Massage for sports injuries not only concentrates on sports injuries that have occurred, but can also help prevent injuries.”
What does massage therapy do for athletes?
Techniques are used to increase flexibility and range of motion in muscles resulting in fewer strains and pulls.
Regular massage allows your muscles to recover faster which means less down time between runs.
Massages increase blood flow through the entire body bringing oxygen and nutrients to the tissues.
Familiar with DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness)? Massage can remove metabolic waste and eliminate soreness after a training session faster compared to not having a massage.
The focus of a preventative sports massage for marathon runners:
If the patella (or kneecap) isn’t sliding correctly over the underlying tissue, pain and inflammation will result. If the patella isn’t tracking correctly, often times work on the quadriceps along with freeing of the tissue that encapsulates the small bone will do the trick.
IT band function
The iliotibial band has the tendency to adhere to neighboring tissue, primarily the lateral quadricep muscle. Adhesions limit range of motion and can cause pain. Massage can break up adhesions and make sure your gait is on track.
If you have ever had shin splints, you know how agonizing they can be. General pain on the front side of the lower leg could indicate micro tearing of the muscle from the tibia bone. This is usually caused from an imbalance between the calf muscles and the muscles in the front of your leg and often afflict beginners who either have not yet adjusted to the stresses of running or are not stretching enough. Massage can correct muscle imbalance and help keep the muscles free from spasms.
K taping speeds recovery time and increases the body’s ability to perform. Add kinesio taping to your appointment. We are Rock Tape certified professionals!
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The benefits of sports massage are cumulative. With regular massages you’ll see a difference in your performance and in your recovery rates. Healthy tissue is less likely to become injured with regular sessions. Book your massage today and feel the difference it can make.