Sports Massage utilises Remedial Massage, Myofascial Release and Lymphatic Drainage techniques in addition to active or passive stretching, vibration and percussion (brisk tapping and hacking) to reduce the tension in muscles and soft tissue that can accumulate during exercise or sporting activities. Additionally, Sports Massage may assist in the treatment and prevention of sports and exercise related injuries. Massage prior to sporting activity or exercise may enhance performance and endurance, and minimise risk of injury. Massage following sporting activity or exercise aims to reduce muscle tension, assist in recovery, restore flexibility and aid in the removal of lactic acid and other metabolic waste products produced by muscle cells during physical activity. Sports Massage is applicable to athletes as well as anyone who engages in regular exercise.