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Massage Therapy and the Iron Man Triathlete

Generally, the Iron Man Triathlete completes a 3.86 km swim, 180.25 km bike ride and a marathon consisting of 42.2 km with the race completed in that order.  It has been expressed by many as the most grueling one day sporting event for athletes.

Most Iron man triathlons have a time limit of 17 hours and this is the cut off time for athletes. They must complete each portion of the race in the allowed time, swim 2 hours 20 minutes, bike 8 hours 10 minutes and marathon 6 hours 30 minutes.

The race begins at 7.00am and must be completed by midnight of the same day.  Athletes who complete the race in the allotted times would be considered an IronmanArticle Here.

Below is an article /study relating to the benefits of massage therapy for triathletes.

Massage therapy can be helpful for the elite athlete and the lay man.  We would all be able to say at times we have had fatigued, tight, sore muscles.  This is the time to pursue a quality massage therapist to assist you in releasing and relaxing muscles that may be causing you pain and discomfort

Active Pilates provides a quality massage therapist on site.

1 hour session costs $75.00

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Massage therapy decreases pain and perceived fatigue after long-distance Ironman triathlon

A study from Brazil asked the question, ‘Can massage therapy reduce pain and perceived fatigue in the quadriceps of athletes after a long-distance triathlon race (Ironman)’?

Seventy-four triathlon athletes who completed an entire Ironman triathlon race and whose main complaint was pain in the anterior portion of the thigh. The study was a Randomised, controlled trial with concealed allocation, intention-to-treat analysis and blinded outcome assessors.The experimental group received massage to the quadriceps, which was aimed at recovery after competition, and the control group rested in sitting. The outcomes were pain and perceived fatigue, which were reported using a visual analogue scale, and pressure pain threshold at three points over the quadriceps muscle, which was assessed using digital pressure algometry.

The results showed that the experimental group had significantly lower scores than the control group on the visual analogue scale for pain and for perceived fatigue. There were no significant between-group differences for the pressure pain threshold at any of the assessment points.

The authors concluded that massage therapy was more effective than no intervention on the post-race recovery from pain and perceived fatigue in long-distance triathlon athletes. Source:



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