Sports massage is a form of massage which is growing in popularity. It is used by athletes, both professional and amateur, as well as many non-sporting individuals due to its many benefits.
A regular sports massage can help prevent injury by improving the condition of the muscles . A good massage therapist can identify muscle tightness, trigger points and scar tissue which if left untreated may lead to injury. Therapists should have a thorough understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human body, in order to provide an effective treatment. Most have undertaken a sports massage qualification, although it is also a skill taught in courses such as sports therapy, physiotherapy and sports rehabilitation.
Sports massage can be used in the treatment of specific injuries, such as hamstring strains, as well as to help correct muscle imbalances, overuse and postural issues. It is these issues which should be corrected in order to prevent future injuries and improve the efficiency of our muscles and so enhance our performance.