Sports massage is designed to facilitate athletic recovery and enhance performance. It can be part of a regular athletic program including: pre-event, post-event, and injury treatment.
Before an event sports massage can help accelerate blood flow and warm up the muscles. After an event massage can help to calm the body and help the body rid itself of toxins and waste products. It can reduce recovery time, allowing an athlete to resume training much sooner.
A regular massage program will help prevent injuries. However, if and when injuries occur, massage can help speed and improve the quality of healing.