I was very honored this past weekend to get to volunteer my time as a Massage Therapist at the Lincoln Marathon. Working with athletes has always been a fun part of my job and last Sunday I got to work with about 22 of them. Working post race at an event like this is a great way for me to hone my skills because I only get to see the athletes for about 10 to 15 minutes a piece. So let me back track and tell you what made my weekend especially great.
Saturday afternoon AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association) Nebraska Chapter put on a sports massage class called Sports is a Team Sport presented by Wade Alberts, LMT. He is a two-time Olympic medical staff member, member of USA Swimming’s National Team medical staff since 1999; and has worked in conjunction with some of the nation’s best sports physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists and chiropractors. It probably doesn’t need saying but I was psyched to get to learn from someone with his credentials. During his class we discussed several things pertaining to ethics of sports massage, sports massage itself and he even gave us a few new diagnostic tools to use with our clients. (did you know your iPhone has a level built into it??) One of my biggest non-massage take aways from this was how important it is for people like myself who are trusted to work with young athletes to keep on the up and up ethically. He introduced me us to safesport.org. It is an organization started within the Olympic community to promote education and awareness as critical components to creating safe and respectful sporting environments, free of abuse and harassment of athletes. SafeSport is building its repository of best practices and is eager to work with organizations to champion respect and end abuse in sports. I am in the process now of taking the SafeSport training and hope to have it completed soon.
Sunday morning was an early morning and as you all know I’m not very good at early. I jumped on Facebook live really quickly just to prove to you all that I was actually up and at it. We arrived at UNL’s Memorial Stadium between 6 and 6:45 AM to get ourselves set up and we took another short class from Wade before the first Half Marathon runners strolled in at about 8:15. From then on it was a whirl of wonderful runners until about 12:30 PM. I really had a great time getting to know a lot of runners from all over the place and even got to work with a few Boston Marathoners. They all had great stories for me and I had a great time working with them!
To close it up, before I get long winded, I’d like to thank all of my local clients who were very understanding of me being gone over the weekend and for continuing to support me in my educational journey! Without your support I couldn’t go do these things and it is my sincerest wish that the more Continuing Education and Event training I get to participate in the better I’ll be able to help all of you.