Sports massage focuses on helping athletes obtain maximum performance while training and enable faster recovery after. This type of massage aims to enhance blood circulation, increase mobility, revive and restore muscle integrity and prevent injury.
The therapist may focus on specific muscle groups that are dominantly used within a sport or fitness activity. For example, areas of greater stress for runners and cyclists are the legs and lower back; for swimmers, the upper body.
Sports massage is particularly beneficial when an athlete is in training for an event, but it is also helpful for anyone who routinely stretches physical limits through movement. Musicians and gardeners, as well as weekend warriors and those who practice strength training, benefit from it.