Dive In: Macalester College Swim, Dive Team Recruits Massage Students

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Globe student Elizabeth Buda

The Globe University-Woodbury sports massage class is partnering with the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving team at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. The Globe University students apply sports massage techniques on the athletes before, during and after swimming and diving meets. The massage therapy degree students will work with the athletes from now through mid-February when the team enters the regional collegiate swimming and diving meets.

“This is an example of one of the many hands-on opportunities the Globe University students receive in their massage therapy training,” said Sharon Polluck, massage therapy instructor at the Globe University-Woodbury. “The massage therapy students as well as the athletes were both mutually thrilled to have the students take their sports massage techniques out of the classroom and into an opportunity to work on training athletes.”

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Globe student Johanna Blum

The massage students recently provided a pre-event massage to the athletes prior to a scheduled meet. The meet resulted in one of the divers placing first and two others in second.  The swimmers placed among the top five for both the men’s and women’s competitions.

Members of the swimming and diving team are scheduled to attend both sports clinics at the Globe University-Woodbury campus as well as at the Macalester gym.

Polluck and the Macalester College head athletic trainer’s future plans for this exceptional partnership include involving Globe University-Woodbury massage therapy students in all of the athletic teams at Macalester College.

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Globe massage students, from left= Johanna Blum, Anne Taylor, Elizabeth Buda and Sean Miyamoto

Sports massage is a class taught to every student in the massage therapy program at Globe University. This type of therapy is designed to promote flexibility, reduce fatigue, improve endurance, help prevent injuries and prepare the body and mind for optimal performance.

Read more about the massage therapy program at Globe University-Woodbury here: http://www.globeuniversity.edu/blogs/service-applied-learning/massage-class-volunteers-at-special-olympics-minnesota/