Stretching and warming up and down (i.e. before and after sports) are an important part of this. As is what they say about getting massages quite often to soften any muscles that may have become tight from continuous activity.
It's not easy and affordable to always go see a masseur, so here are some self-massage techniques that you can use to minimse your sports injuries at home and while you're travelling. These are from Rees Thomas, Physiotherapist from Rowville Physio in Melbourne*.
- Reduces muscle fatigue, tightness and imbalance
- Assists with recovery
- Improves muscle awareness
- During heavy or increased training
- Recovery days
- Pre and post competition
When not to self massage
- Acute injury
- Inflammation, pain, bruising/corks
- Skin conditions including rashes, cuts,
- open wounds, blisters, ulcers
- Fever, infection, illness