Sports massage addresses the special needs of athletes and those involved in strenuous physical activity. This technique is designed to enhance athletic performance and recovery. Post-event massage can reduce recovery time, enabling an athlete to resume training much sooner than rest alone would allow. With injury rehabilitation, skillful massage therapy can often speed and improve the quality of healing. As a stand alone modality, this massage is designed to increase performance, improve recovery time and reduce the risk of injury. Techniques include accustretching, muscle energy techniques as well as providing a more vigorous massage.