Sports massage is a type of massage designed for people who engage in regular intense physical activity. As a former competitive athlete, I know that massage enhances performance and prolongs a sports career by preventing injury, reducing pains and swelling in the body, relaxing the mind, increasing flexibility, and dramatically improving recovery rates. Sports massage is also highly effective in aiding the rapid recovery of an injury by encouraging greater kinesthetic awareness and promoting the body's natural immune function.
For any athlete, whether new to physical fitness or a high-level competitor, massage is a useful addition to the training routine. Reducing recovery time and maintaining muscular suppleness and balance improves progress toward greater fitness and performance.