SPORTS MASSAGE

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Author: Roger Olbrot / Heber Blackner

A native of the Chicago area, Roger began his studies at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois. There he received Bachelor Degrees in Biology and Chemistry with minors in English and German. He went on to further graduate studies at Ball State University where his emphasis was Medical and Environmental Microbiology.  He worked in the area of environmental remediation for 14 years. He attended Awakening Spirit Massage School in Salt Lake City.  Since graduation, he has studied over 2000 hours in the area of sports massage and orthopedic massage and is the founder and President of R&R Bodyworks LLC. He served as the President of the Utah Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association from 2004 – 2008 and again from 2010-2012.  Among his notable events, he directed the massage therapy for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City 2002, co-directed massage therapy for the International Gay Games in Sydney Australia 2002, and co-directed the massage therapy for the 2004 Olympic Summer Games in Athens, Greece. He is currently the Director of Education at Myotherapy College of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. He teaches a variety of anatomy, physiology, pathology, and technique classes.  He currently resides in Salt Lake City.

Summary of what the video training will include

This video will present a basic full body sports massage that can be used for most post-event competitions. It includes using many of the basic techniques including effleurage, tapotement, petrissage, vibration, and some simple stretching moves that can be incorporated into your event massage protocol. This protocol can be completed in roughly 15 minutes once learned and practiced. When practicing sports massage at an event, the speed and the pressure will be adjusted for either pre-event or post-event.