With a deep tissue massage, the clue is in the title. The pressure is harder to manipulate deeper tissue layers in the body.
A sport massage is the manipulation of muscles to help injuries. A broader, more specified medical knowledge and application is needed to safely manipulate the muscles.
Sports massage therapists can identify areas in which you experience muscle tightness or determine muscle abnormalities that could potentially lead to injury if left untreated. While a deep-tissue massage can identify areas of muscle weakness, the therapist might not be targeting sport-specific injury areas.
Sports massage is dedicated to improving sports performance, boosting flexibility and handling injuries or potential injuries. A person may have more reasons for seeking out a deep-tissue massage. These include reducing toxins in the body, relieving stress, boosting circulation, reducing tension and reducing physical pain.