Sports massage has a number of definitions and the work can be modified in numerous ways. Most of my training and education for sports massage is used in pre and post event massage. The work can be used for someone who enjoys running, training for a marathon or triathlon or can be incorporated into a regular massage. Sports massage before an event warms up the muscle and the therapist will increase the speed of the massage or cadence to increase blood flow and prepare the athlete for the event. Post event massage is much slower and used to cool the body down, incorporating stretching and focusing on areas the individual may identify. Sports massage can help reduce possible injury and help also with recovery time after an event. Anyone who is training for an event should consider including massage work as an integral part of their overall training program.