A sports therapist is a health professional able to utilise sports and exercise principles to optimise performance and injury prevention programmes.
Sports massage is proven to release and reduce tension in muscles whilst improving blood circulation around the body. It can also promote recovery by flushing out metabolic by-products.
The best recovery technique for athletes and even non-athletes is SLEEP. All other recovery techniques are negligible if you are not getting enough sleep. Science has shown that sleep not only accelerates recovery but also prevents disease, illnesses, and anxiety. 8 hours per night is optimal and bedtime should be before midnight.
During cold water immersion, the body reacts by constricting the blood vessels and reducing blood flow into the muscle. This, in turn, reduces the swelling response which is particularly important during congested training periods.
Infrared saunas penetrate the skin deeper than traditional warm air saunas. The hot environment causes vasodilation which allows blood to move quicker into the muscle and remove metabolic by-products caused by exercise.