The recovery phase of training is as important as the training itself because the soft tissue cannot withstand continued stress placed on it. In addition to nutrition and exercise, there is a surge of self-massage. There are different ways an athlete can decrease the muscle tension in between seeing a Sport Massage Therapist (either Certified or Candidate). Foam rolling and massage sticks are very useful with a general/broad approach to massaging muscles. Lacrosse ball and hand-held massage tools can be used for specific/small areas of muscle tightness.