Sports massage uses a variety of techniques like Swedish massage, trigger point therapy and hydrotherapy. For athletes who train continuously, massage enhances endurance, and lessens the chances for injury. Sports massage will also shorten the recovery time to recover from a sporting event or injury.
Stretching is performed on athletes to help loosen and warm muscles in preparation of an athletic event to enhance their performance and endurance. Following an event, getting a massage may be beneficial in relieving pain, preventing stiffness and aiding the muscles back to their normal state.