Should I get a sports massage before an event?

Deep tissue massage before an event is actually not beneficial.  Light massage has been shown to alleviate stress and reduce blood pressure, whereas deep tissue massage has been shown to increase blood pressure (which would make sense as massage warms the muscles up and the body believes activity will be taking place so the blood pumping round the body will speed up to supply vital Oxygen and nutrients to the working muscles).  The argument here is that an athlete who is already suffering from anxiety pre-competition will be at a higher risk of injury if there is an increase in blood pressure due to heightened tension.

see reference here for study https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16494570

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