Sports massage was designed in aid of helping athletes prepare their bodies for optimal performance, recover after a big event, or function well during training. Sports massage emphasizes the prevention and healing of injuries to the muscles and tendons. But you don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from sports massage. Sports massage is also good for people with injuries, chronic pain or restricted range of motion. The massage therapist generally concentrates on a specific problem area. This type of massage is a lot deeper than your typical Swedish massage.