Sprains and strains are very common sports injuries. The site of any injury is not normally massaged for the first 48 hours after the injury occurs, however general massage can still take place, including near the site of the injury to improve blood supply. Basic techniques such as RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) may be recommended by a first aider or athletes themselves may be aware of suitable techniques.
After 48 hours, massage on the site of the injury may be helpful in reducing a build up of scar tissue and speeding recovery. With injuries such as sprains and strains, a managed return to full training or competition is also beneficial to avoid aggravating or increasing the severity of the injury. The sports massage therapist should be able to assist in a return to normal activity.