Sports massage therapy is ideal for the treatment of injuries and preventative treatment. This type of massage can help prepare athletes for an event and reduce recovery time while training. Sports massage therapy deals with the health of muscle and connective tissue. It can also be used for range of motion, tone, symmetry, increased circulation, balance of muscle and quality of posture. The benefits of sports massage therapy include the reduction of muscle tension, promotion of relaxation, reduction of muscle hypertonicity, increased range of motion, decreased muscle stiffness and fatigue after exercise, decreased muscle soreness, reduced swelling, enhanced athletic performance. Sports massage therapy can also help prevent injuries when massage is received regularly.