Sports massage can greatly reduce recovery time from injuries due to sporting activities. Massage will help the injured area heal by stimulating blood, which brings increased oxygen and nutrients to the injured muscles. It also can assist in moving lymphatic fluid that will move the metabolic waste out of the injured area.
Massage will also help prevent the imbalances that can occur due to and injury. When, for instance, you injure a hamstring, thigh (quadricep), calf (gastrocnemius) or hip (gluteals), the antagonist muscles work harder to compensate for the inability of the injured muscle to do its job. Keeping the surrounding muscles in a healthy state can help prevent setbacks in recovery time.