Sports massage is a specialised form of remedial massage that focuses on enhancing athletic performance, improving post-event recovery and treating injuries for amateur or professional athletes and exercise enthusiasts. Sports massage works by manually manipulating the soft tissues of the body by correcting inappropriate patterns of movement and by increasing flexibility specific to the sport or activity performed.
Sports massage practitioners are trained to know what techniques are best to enhance performance before events, improve recovery after events, speed recovery and rehabilitation after an injury and maintain a healthy, fit, active body.
Sports massage is used to ensure the health and well-being of the athlete in many ways. In particular, improving physical and mental recovery from strenuous physical activity, facilitate healing by improving blood flow and maintaining flexibility when recovering from injuries, maintaining optimal health during training, competition and recovery periods.