So you have done months of training and it has all come down to the last few weeks before race day. You have your nutrition all sorted, bike tuned, everything down to your socks prepared. But what about your body?
Pre race sports massage is the perfect way to ensure your body is as prepared as it can be to perform. Essentially it does not matter if it is a sprint, Olympic or a full distance triathlon, the aims of the treatment remains the same. These are to warm up the soft tissue by increasing the blood supply to the muscles and decrease muscle tension to encourage an appropriate range of motion in the joints.
Increasing the blood supply to the muscles is going to have a direct link to performance. It is common knowledge that massage of any kind stimulates blood flow. However there are some specific techniques and massage strokes designed with this goal in mind. The reason we want to improve circulation to your muscles is that blood not only carries oxygen to your muscles but also carries all the nutrients your cells require to function. As well as then transporting all the waste products to be filtered out of your blood stream such as carbon dioxide.
In the week leading up to the race we don’t want to be doing anything which could have a negative effect on your performance. So when we are talking about range of motion in the joints, we are not going to be looking at large changes to the effective range you have available. Any work with this in mind is more aimed at improving the quality of your existing range. Which means increasing the ease with which your joints move, what this means to you come race day, is a joint which is more efficient, meaning it needs less energy to move, which over the course of a race potentially could save a whole lot of valuable energy.
If you have any questions about how a sports massage can help you then please get in touch and we will do our best to get back to you with any information you need! Look out for our other articles about post-race massage and how we can help if you get injured.
I look forward to seeing you all at some of the events coming up this season!
Pro Triathlete/pro cyclist Bennan Townsend
“I raced IM 70.3 Mallorca on 7th May, as part of my pre race routine I went to see John for a treatment. As I was quite fresh and recovered pre race I used this treatment to help me relax. Before a big race everyone gets nervous, tense and stressed, this can make your muscles tighten up so John used some light massaging techniques to relive tension especially in my shoulders and back. In the race I actually came down pretty hard on the bike. You usually cant see it but there’s lots of damage to muscles after an impact and knots and tight spots will cause you problems down the road. So my post race treatments where focused on working out the damage caused by the crash as well as flushing all the toxins out of the muscles after they have worked so hard"
John will be joining team Race Force at a number of our European events throughout the summer
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