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Olympics – Part 3

Submitted by on August 4, 2012 – 10:00 amNo Comment

The preliminary round of the men’s 1500 meter run occurred Friday, and my athlete finished first in his heat. He had 48 hours to recover before the semifinal round Sunday evening.

In terms of sports massage, I am using broad, moderately deep pressure on his muscles between the first two rounds. The key muscles for running are addressed: quads, hamstrings, calves, glutes, and low back. My goal was to increase circulation and release any tight areas created by the first race while avoiding deep, specific work that may cause soreness or “dead legs.”

Last night, he qualified for the finals on Tuesday by finishing in the top five of his heat. He received a post-event massage at the Olympic village right after the event, and this morning, I again worked on his legs. But this time the pressure was be much lighter and we employed additional stretching and joint mobilizations to refresh his legs without risk of adverse effects for the big race.

Tomorrow night, I will be in the Olympic Stadium to watch the final and perhaps a magical experience.
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