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Athlete Massage in London during July

3D Motion Analysis– August 2015 –

Athlete Massage in London during July

Thanks to Athletics Australia and coach Nic Bideau of Melbourne Track Club, I was fortunate enough to spend July in London treating elite runners at their base in Teddington. At this point in the season, the athletes are racing regularly, making small trips to various European meets, and either building towards their main goal of performing at the Athletics Worlds Championships in Beijing or trying to qualify for them. The trip culminated in me attending the London Diamond League Anniversary Games, where I was granted access to the warm-up and treatment area. Supporting the Australian track stars at this event was a huge highlight in my career.

July is a high pressure time for the runners, who have now been racing since the beginning of the Australian track season, with each race decisive in how the season plays out for each runner. Maintaining a healthy body during this time is imperative.

My primary role with MTC is to provide soft tissue treatment for the athletes; however, the overall experience is enhanced by living with the team and joining in on training runs. This access increases my understanding of each athlete, and in turn, assists me in developing a relevant and effective treatment protocol. I can observe the running technique, posture, and habits of the athlete when he or she feels fresh and how this can change under fatigue. There are so many factors to consider when looking at performance at the top level, and the application of each athlete to non-running activities such as strength and conditioning, diet, scientific testing, mental training and stress management play a large role in determining success.

My understanding of the human body in the application of massage, dry needling and cupping for clients is something I’m continually developing and having the opportunity to work with professional athletes gives me a great insight into the management of conditions under pressure. There’s an increased need in this environment to have accurate diagnosis and treatment regimens so that athletes who are battling niggles or soreness are still able to perform at a high level and avoid making things worse. Constant communication between the athlete, the coach, physiotherapists, sports physiologists, chiropractors and sports physicians is very important. I was able to meet several great professionals during my time in London, and this experience helped me develop my knowledge of injury management.

I’m back in Melbourne now and am relishing being back near some of the best cafes in the world and training with my buddies at Route33. I’m loving being back in the clinic at South Yarra Spine and Sports Medicine and am looking forward to seeing all of my great clients here. Later this year, I will be continue to develop my skills by studying Active Release Technique, which is huge in the US and becoming a popular sports treatment for runners and triathletes, as well as the general population.

I’d like to send a special thanks to the SYSSM director Luke Nichols and to all of my clients for allowing me the time to go overseas and develop my skills with MTC. I’d also like to thank Richard Lee, who did a fantastic job filling in for me.

Thanks and best of health,

Richard Squires.