Sports Massage

Sports massage

Sports massage is an in important part of treating and preventing soft tissue sports injuries. Here we demonstrate simple sports massage techniques and explain the benefits, effects, and contraindications of massage.



A massage contraindication is something that indicates massage could be harmful. Continuing with treatment may be more detrimental than beneficial and in some cases may cause serious medical problems.

Lower Leg & Ankle Massage

We have the following lower leg and ankle massage tutorials:

Calf muscle massage

Calf strain massage

How to use sports massage for the calf muscles. This is important for treating calf strains as well as maintenance and preventing range of lower leg overuse injuries.

Shin splints

Shin splints rehabilitation sports massage

Sports massage & myofascial release for shin splints/medial tibial stress may be beneficial after the first 3 days or so. It is important to avoid the bone as this may worsen symptoms.

Ankle sprain

Cross-friction massage applied to ankle ligaments helps realign new scar tissue. Massage of the calf muscles also aids recovery.

Achilles tendonitis

Achilles tendon massage

Sports massage techniques for Achilles tendon pain Massage helps to mobilize the tissues and helps align scar tissue.

Knee Injury Massage

Jumper’s knee

Cross-friction massage for patella tendonitis (tendinopathy or jumper’s knee) helps to heal, especially chronic injuries.

Medial knee ligment

Cross friction massage for MCL sprains. How to apply massage techniques for treating medial knee ligament sprains.

Calf supports

Paper Couch Rolls (UK) (USA)

Thigh & Groin Massage

Hamstring strain

Sports massage for pulled hamstrings begins after the acute stage. Light techniques, to begin with, become deeper as your injury heals.

Thigh/Quadricep strain

Sports massage for thigh strains is beneficial after the initial acute stage. Light techniques, to begin with, become deeper as your injury heals.

Shoulder & Elbow Massage

AC joint sprain

AC joint sprain massage – cross-friction massage techniques specifically target the ligaments and tendons of the acromioclavicular joint at the top of the shoulder.  

Tennis elbow strap brace

Tennis Elbow Strap (UK) (USA)

Massage Guns

Massage guns are mechanical devices designed to take some of the hard work out of deep tissue massage. They are ideal if you:

  • Work in a busy practice and want to ease the strain on your hands
  • Do not have access to professional massage
  • Want a convenient way of getting massage benefits from home

Benefits of sports massage

The benefits of sports massage are physical, physiological, and psychological.

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