Aruba Sports Medicine

Sports massage

What is Sports Massage?

Sports massage service is provided, recovery of training loads, for the prevention of injuries, therapeutic massages are performed for the treatment of muscle contractures, activation massages are performed prior to competitions, and lymphatic drainage massages for the recovery of injuries circulatory.

The first to use sports massage was during the 1924 Olympics, where he won five medals. Jack Meagher was thought to be the father of sports massage in America.

Sports massage can use many different techniques and movements. These techniques include Swedish massage, petrissage (kneading), effleurage, stroking, compression, friction (rhythmic striking), tapping (rhythmic striking), vibration, and gliding. These techniques and movements are designed to aid athletes in achieving maximum performance and conditioning. They also help to reduce injury and pain, and speed up recovery.


Based on observation and experience, there are many benefits to sports massage. Some benefits are psychological and others physiological.

Sports massage is known to have many benefits, including:

  • Increased joint range and motion (ROM).
  • Flexibility - Increased
  • Increased well-being
  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Reduced neurological excitability (nerves are more relaxed).
  • Reduced muscle spasms
  • Better sleep

These benefits are claimed but not supported by research:

  • Increased blood flow
  • Increased elimination (lactic acid) of exercise waste products
  • Reduced risk of injury
  • Reduced recovery time between work and home