Last weekend, I helped a local massage therapist (Monique Klein of Just What You Knead Massage Therapy) offer support to the Alberta Masters Provincial Swim Meet. The event was hosted in Okotoks, Alberta and showcased the top masters swimmers in the province. In fact, I spent much of the day speaking with a past Olympian and swim coach. I learned a lot about swimming and more about coaching!
Basically, I set up on the side of the pool and offered people some soft tissue relief and advice. I worked on some people, while I gave others tips on nutrition, hydration and most importantly recovery. The Stick is an excellent tool for recovery because you can use it to roll out your muscles while stretching them at the same time.
Many athletes came by to use The Stick as a warm-up and cool-down tool for their races. Since most of the athletes had multiple races, The Stick was a great tool for them to stay warm and ready to race without expending a lot of energy in an extended warm-up. They simply could roll out their muscles to maintain their preferred level of readiness.
Needless to say most swimmers were after some advice and relief for shoulder related stresses and injuries. Specifically, many had rotator cuff issues. Sometimes the head of the biceps tendon can be bothersome to people who have shoulder problems. That is where the TriggerWheel came in. I used the TriggerWheel to roll over the insertion point of the biceps tendon to help break down scar tissue, offer increased blood flow and consequently “made their shoulders feel better”. The TriggerWheel offers pinpoint accuracy. The best compliment I got was “now I can take care of this on my own”. That is just it…..with this simple to use massage tool, people can manage their soft tissue issues on their own. This is not to say that they should stop seeing a trained professional, it just means that they can get some relief by working on themselves.
Other swimmers were needing help with their upper back and shoulder area, so I showed them how to use The Stick on their backs. First, I rolled them out, then I demonstrated on myself, then I let them roll out their own sore muscles. Here are a few simple photos:
I know these pictures don’t look like they are taken on the side of a pool, but they represent how you can use The Stick on your upper back and trapezius areas.
All and all, I had a great day hanging out with swimmers!!