Sports massage uses standard massage techniques but in a targeted way that takes into account what phase of the training circuit the athlete is in at the time of treatment. What the treatment will be is based on an event. An athlete will generally be pre event, post event, long term training for an event or in rehabilitation to return to training for events. Sports massage is a therapist using advanced knowledge to determine which techniques will be used and what tissue modifications are in harmony with the training cycle of the athlete being treated. Ongoing work with a sports massage therapist has been shown to reduce recovery time, increase performance, and reduce injury potential as well as speeding return from injury.