Evidence Based Recovery: Massage Therapy, Foam Rolling and Stretching
Physical activity, weight training, and sports are associated with a wide variety of post-exercise sequelae including muscle fatigue, delayed onset muscle soreness, discomfort, pain, and soreness. These symptoms vary widely based upon the physical condition of the athlete, duration, intensity, frequency and type of exercise performed. Physiologically, the muscles face repetitive microtrauma resulting in disruption of the myocyte (muscle cells) and sarcomeres, and subsequent inflammation.
Image 1. Example of masssage therapy (courtesy of florida-academy.edu)
Image 4. Athletes stretching for recovery (courtesy of stack.com)