This massage is usually incorporated into pre, during or post competition and is designed to stimulate blood flow, invigorate muscles and energise the body. It is a vigorous treatment, and is focussed on superficial muscles.
Deeper, slow work isn’t used in this style, as the practitioner doesn’t want to facilitate too much change in muscle. The aim of sports massage performed previous to an event, is to prepare an athlete for intense activity, not to relax them.
A sports massage after competition is very useful to clear out any metabolic waste product that accumulates during exercise and to release tension in the working muscles.
The body will then recover sooner and more effectively, and the risk of injury through decreased range of motion cause by muscle stiffness is reduced.