Massage, applied skillfully, is the most effective therapy
for releasing muscle tension and restoring balance to the
musculo-skeletal system. Received regularly this may help
athletes prevent injuries, which might otherwise be caused by
overuse. A constant build up of tension in the muscles from
regular activity may lead to stresses on joints, ligaments, tendons, as
well as the muscles themselves.
These muscle imbalances may develop and often go undiagnosed
until they are serious enough to cause the athlete discomfort or
reduce performance. The skilled massage therapist will be able to
detect variations in the soft tissues and by using the correct
techniques, help the sports person maintain a much healthier
It may therefore be reasonably claimed that one of the greatest
benefits of sports massage is in helping prevent injury.