The definition for Sports and remedial massage is very close. Both Sports & Remedial massage encompass the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body to assist in rehabilitation, pain and injury management. Sports Massage is a form of bodywork geared toward participants in athletics. It is used to help prevent injuries, to prepare the body for athletic activity and maintain it in optimal condition, and to help athletes recover from workouts and injuries. However, sports & remedial massage techniques can be used on a variety of individuals athletes and non athletes alike.
At its broadest definition sports massage is the specific application of a number of massage techniques, hydrotherapy protocols, range of motion/flexibility protocol and strength-training principles utilized to achieve a specific goal when treating any individual.