Originally developed to help athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Sports massage emphasizes prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons.
There are four types of sports massages:
- Pre-event Sports Massage -- a short, stimulating massage 15 - 45 minutes before the event. It is directed toward the parts of the body that will be involved in exertion.
- Post-event Sports Massage -- given within an hour or two after the event, to normalize the body's tissues.
- Conditioning Sports Massage -- given during training to allow the athlete to train harder and with less injury.
- Rehabilitative Sports Massage -- aimed at alleviating pain due to injury and returning the body to health
Like therapeutic massage, Sports Massage combines several different massage modalities, including medical, trigger point, stretching and resistance. Sports Massage is used when there is soft tissue fatigue, pain, or an injury, in order to help healing, as well as to promote faster recovery for better performance. While sports massage is generally used to help heal acute soft-tissue issues, many athletes receive massage regularly, to enhance peak performance.