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massage-therapy-downtown-vancouver-230240-minNow that the weather’s warming up, more and more folks are dusting off their running shoes and heading outdoors. But all those extra summer activities can take a toll on your body if you’re not careful. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or an elite athlete, you don’t want to be sidelined with an injury.

Sports and injuries seem to go hand-in-hand. But it doesn’t have to be that way. If you want to avoid sprains, strains, and pain this summer, here are some helpful Vancouver sports massage tips to help reduce injuries.

Learn 5 Vancouver sports massage tips to prevent injuries

  • Warm up before your game and cool down after your game

Tight muscles are more susceptible to injury, putting a greater strain on tendons, joints, and bones. So make sure to properly warm up before training. Doing some low intensity exercise prior to your activities will help increase blood flow, decrease muscle stiffness, and reduce the risk of injury.

Looking to curb post-exercise soreness? Don’t forget to take a few minutes to cool down after your game, training, or practice. Ten minutes of light cardiovascular exercise, followed by some stretching will go a long way toward keeping those annoying aches and pains from cropping up.

  • Don’t ignore pain

We’ve all heard the “no pain, no gain” expression. Truth is, you’re better off forgetting all about that one. Pain isn’t a sign to keep going. It’s your body’s way of telling you something’s wrong. So listen to it. Ignoring those nagging little aches and twinges can result in something far more serious, keeping you on the sidelines indefinitely. If you’re experience acute or chronic pain, a Vancouver sports massage therapist will help work out the kinks.

  • Wear the right gear

vancouver massage therapy tipsHelmets, pads, protective eyewear, and mouth guards—players need to protect themselves if they want to avoid injury. The few seconds it takes to strap on a bike helmet can save you months of recovery time. Also, make sure to pick the right footwear. You’ll need to choose a pair of trainers that provide the proper support for your chosen sport or activity.

  • Allow time to recover

Overtraining is common for many athletes, resulting in injuries and major setbacks. If time away from the game is simply not an option, make sure to give your body a well-deserved breather. Rest is a crucial part of any training routine. It allows the body to recover and repair damage to tissue that may have happened during exercise. Looking for a great way to wind down after your routine? Treat yourself to a Vancouver sports massage.

  • Get regular Vancouver sport massages

One of the best ways to avoid injury is to see a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). Getting regular sports massages will help improve your range of motion and flexibility, shorten recovery times between workouts, and improve blood flow. Your Vancouver sport massage therapist will not only help prevent future aches and pains, but also works wonders with existing injuries.

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