I was just reading the medical column about a run in San Jose, CA, marathon or half. The advice was there would be no post event Sports Massage because research shows that it doesn't help with muscle soreness. WTF?
The last line said that if you want to schedule your own post race massage, do it before because all the therapists will be booked. What kind of BS is this? I am a certified Sports Massage therapist of 20 years and have worked at many races: triathlons, marathons, bike tours, races, etc. Where do these medical personnel get off scaring athletes away from something that helps recovery? I guess I've been out of the event market for a while and if this is the kind of crap that's going on, I'll stay in my office and be home on weekends.
I know that many triathlons have massage and some marathons even allow therapists to charge $. Has anyone here encountered this kind of policy where the event organizers don't allow massage?
Perplexed in CA.
I have several times seen it recommended to wait 24 hours, ie., no massage the day of the race. I don't recall the rationale.
I think it's related to increasing the micro-tearing (similar to why some people recommend that you don't stretch an injured area), but I'm no expert.