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A sports massage therapist, although less medically qualified than a physiotherapist, can have a valuable role to play in the rehabilitation of relatively minor injuries and damage prevention through post-exercise therapy.
Sports massage therapy and rehabilitation is concerned with musculoskeletal problems that arise from sporting activity. The practice of sports therapy focuses on healing and preventing sports injuries and dealing with the repercussions of physical trauma due to sports injuries.
Sports massage therapy originates from Sweden and tends to be fairly abrasive, perhaps more so than standard massage. Certain techniques are used to try and get to the core of the pain in order to fully relieve the tension and discomfort, often through increased blood flow to the area to alert the body to the issue.
Awareness of new techniques that arise is key, along with frequent client feedback and professional assessment. Sports massage therapists may have a number of clients, either working for a clinic, or on a freelance basis.