4. Massage
MASSAGE in almost all forms, is fundamental for athlete recovery. Like ice treatment, massage techniques incur natural responses from the body causing relaxation of the muscular and nervous systems. This is key, as a relaxed muscle is a healthy and repairing muscle, particularly after training.  Massage assists with the ‘break down’ of adhesions and scar tissue that can form in the muscle post-training and creates an effect known as vasodilation, where, in contrast to ice treatment, there is a widening of blood vessels. This is shown to help with the recovery of muscle soreness and areas of the body that have suffered trauma or damage. Massage can also help to prevent injuries.

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