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The opportunity to work on athletes in Iron Man Florida was absolutely amazing and I would not trade it for the world. I do not know if I will have the opportunity to return, but I sure hope so.

My only complaint was the cold, but how could I possibly complain after they had to swim, bike and run in it!

It almost broke my heart to see them shivering as much as they did, and all I wanted to do was warm them up, and then work the knots out of those poor overused muscles.

As one classmate said, it is absolutely amazing to be able to SEE which muscles need to be worked on because the athletes are so toned and in shape.

With 90 MT students on hand and 30 LMT's, I had the awesome opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful people, and I truly look forward to meeting and speaking with many of them again. The techniques learned from others was priceless.

All in all I am still on a wonderful high from a wonderful weekend.

Now back to studying for the board.

Jen

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Comment by Jennifer Adams on November 15, 2010 at 7:26am
There were plenty of LMT's and Medics on hand. We were adivsed as to what to do in an emergency. The LMT's were able to do Pre and Post event Massages as well. The day before and the day after. Many of the LMT's were right there in the midst of the students making sure that everyone was doing as they had been trained to do. The Post Event we were doing during this time frame was 7 to 15 minutes *7 when there were two therapists present and 15 when there was only 1* Regardless of your training, you have to agree that in that time frame, there isn't much that can be done except maybe stop some major cramping and warm up some chilled muscles.
Comment by Jody C. Hutchinson on November 13, 2010 at 10:42am
I am a bit disturbed to see that MT students are in the majority at an Ironman Event. I have organized event Sports Massage and would only pick experienced MTs -especially if there are thermal injuries. I did one Ironman event years ago and it was the most exciting, draining, and exhausting event. I found that the level of distress among the athletes was exponential compared to a marathon or sprint triathlon.
I don't mean to be a downer, but I'd be less than happy to have a student give me Sports massage after such a long event.
my 2c
jh
Comment by Rick Johnson on November 11, 2010 at 7:57pm
I know what you mean, Jennifer. I worked several triathlons , bike races, and just finished the Marine Corps Mar.in Wash. DC and the athletes are fun to work on and always appreciative of the treatment received .Next week is a 50 miler in Pa. Can't wait.

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