The effects of sports massage on flexibility

Studies have shown massage to have an immediate effect on flexibility, like this one here of an Australian hockey team

see reference study here https://www.physicaltherapyinsport.com/article/S1466-853X(05)00062-3/pdf

 

It has also been shown that sporadic, random massage application can have no significant long term effect on flexibility

see reference study here https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15155444

The key message is that with regular massage your flexibility can improve and with it reduce your chances of injury.

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