Rafael Bucater | Remedial and Sports Massage Therapist

Sports participation and Incidence of Injuries

Accordingly, with the Australian Sports Commission, 18.8% of the Australian population plays soccer, 11.9% golf and 11.0% Australian Rules Football.

Statistics from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in 2014, found that 28% of sports injuries affect the knee and lower leg, 15% elbow and forearms, and 14% wrist and hands. A total of 49% of sports injuries were fractures, 23% soft tissue and 7% dislocation.

Hamstring, knee (anterior cruciate ligament) and groin injuries (osteitis pubis) are the most prevalent soft tissue injuries. Hamstring strains are the most common.

Benefits of massage in the prevention of injuries and delayed onset muscle soreness

Massage is a useful and practical therapy for exercise participants or athletes. Massage can help to restore the muscle and reduce the chances of muscles strains.

Recent studies have demonstrated that massage intervention could be effective for alleviating delayed onset muscle soreness as well as increasing muscle performance after strenuous exercise. The highest rate of effectiveness for patients is often achieved 48 hours post-exercise.

Current evidence suggests that massage is not only effective in reducing muscle pain after intense exercise, but also in increasing muscle performance and reducing the serum cytokines (CK) level. The serum CK level is considered a marker of inflammation and skeletal muscle damage influencing the recovery of muscle performance. Immediate clearance of serum CK level from the circulatory system is the reason that massage promotes muscle recovery and performance.

Rafael is available for consultation at our Henley Beach and Morphett Vale locations. To make an appointment at Henley Beach, contact 08 8353 0111 and for Morphett Vale, call 08 8130 1110. Alternatively, you can email physio@sportsmed.com.au.