Sports massage is a form of bodywork geared toward participants in athletics. One of the primary goals of the Swedish massage technique is to relax the entire body. Sports massage is a systematic manipulation of the soft tissues of the body that focuses on muscles relevant to a particular sport.
Many different movements and techniques are used in sports massage. Examples of these techniques include; Swedish style massage, effleurage (stroking), petrissage (kneading), compression, friction, tapotement (rhythmic striking), vibration, gliding, stretching, percussion, and trigger points. These movements and techniques are used to try to help the athlete's body achieve maximum performance and physical conditioning with a decreased chance of injury or pain and a quicker recovery.