Sports massage is a bodywork technique aimed specifically at people who take regular exercise or engage in a professional sport. It can help competitors to recover from competing; it can even help prevent you getting injured in the first place. The way in which the massage is carried out and the pressure that is applied will depend on the muscle being treated and what effect you want to achieve. Quite often a sports person will have a massage pre-event and afterwards as well to make sure that they keep their body in tip-top condition.
But it is important to note that you do not need to be a professional athlete to benefit from a sports massage. If you like to keep yourself in shape and exercise on a regular basis then you could find a sports massage beneficial from time to time. Many people could also get some benefits from sports massage. Some of the conditions that sports massage could help include muscle pain and stiffness, muscle strain, muscle tension, sore spots, repetitive strain injuries, oedema (swelling), muscle soreness, muscle sprains and tendinitis.