Designed to aid athletic performance and help the body heal after exertion, sports massage focuses on key muscle groups and sets clear goals for each session. While sports massage is often covered briefly in massage schools, continuing education can help you perform more effective, efficient sessions for professional athletes and weekend warriors alike.
Courses in sports massage are dominated by phase-specific techniques for pre- or post-event, recovery, maintenance and rehabilitation massage. Rehabilitation courses often teach how to alter treatment protocols through different stages of healing. You can find courses specialized for certain sports, like running and golfing, learn how to get into event massage or use tools like heat packs and kinesiology tape.