Massage as a tool for post-game and exercise recovery has a range of benefits. Sports massage is typically performed from 30 minutes up to 72 hours post competition or exercise and can aid in reducing muscle tension, pain and speed up muscle recovery.
During exercise metabolic waste accumulates within the muscles and can cause post exercise pain and tightness, which may lead to an increased risk of strains and/or tears. Massage can speed up and aid in the removal of waste products by encouraging blood circulation to the muscles and promoting waste drainage. Overall, sports massage in beneficial in providing increased blood circulation, promoting removal of metabolic waste, increasing temperature of the muscle fibres to aid in relaxation of fibres, and reducing acute pain and fatigue within the muscles.