Sports massage is a form of massage involving the manipulation of soft tissue to benefit both people engaged in regular physical activity as well as people with a sedentary lifestyle. Soft tissue is connective tissue that has not hardened into bone and cartilage; it includes skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia (a form of connective tissue that lines and ensheaths the other soft tissues). Sports massage is designed to assist in correcting problems and imbalances in soft tissue that are caused from repetitive and strenuous physical activity, incorrect posture and trauma. The application of sports massage, prior to and after exercise, may enhance performance, aid recovery and prevent injury.
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