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Sports massage practitioners have a special interest in the needs of professional athletes and people who regularly participate in sports.
The two main aspects are conditioning and injury prevention work, and rehabilitation if injury occurs. Sports massage usually involves massage, exercise, and stretching programs.
The use of massage to treat athletes and other physically active people has been around since recorded history.
Treatment is similar to regular massage. Sports massage practitioners require additional training to understand how massage can affect performance or post-event/post-injury recovery. Sports massage may be used as part of a rehabilitation program or as part of an on-going maintenance program.
Sports massage can help relieve pain and symptoms of stress, or develop, maintain, rehabilitate, or augment physical function.
A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.
An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.