One study showed that massage provides a non-invasive treatment for those who have skeletal muscular injuries that to lead to the build up of scar tissue. Another Canadian study worked with two groups of people who were training for a 10k, were divided into two groups. One group received a half hour weekly massage. One hundred percent of the massage group easily finished the 10k, while only 58% of the non-massage group were able to finish. Finally, deep muscle massage was able to reduce delayed onset muscle soreness after a vigorous work out or training session.
Overall, massage continues to be a valuable training companion for all kinds of athletes. Not only does massage reduce muscle tension, it helps athletes monitor muscle tone, promotes relaxation and focus, increases range of motion of joints, and improves soft tissue function.