Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Where do Runners go After the Excitement of the Marathon?

ING NYC Marathon

Hundred of runners put their weary body into the hands of students, faculty and alumni from the Massage Therapy Program at Swedish Institute after the ING NYC Marathon on Sunday, November 6. As part of their clinical training, supervised students provide massage therapy at this annual race, as well as at other high-profile sporting events. Alumni often join in as specialists who are part of SISTEM, Swedish Institute’s Sports Team and Event Massage.

Students practiced sports massage techniques for the benefit of runners from the FDNY and NYPD at Park Central Hotel and for runners from Fred’s Team at the Hilton Hotel. In addition, senior therapists were placed in medical tents at the finish line that served all runners in need. According to Charles Pegg, LMT, director of the Offsite and Executive Director of SISTEM, the massage therapists lend a valued expertise in athlete care at the medical tents, particularly with specific techniques for cramp relief.

About 150 students, faculty and graduate volunteers from Swedish Institute were scheduled to participate at various locations during and after the ING NYC Marathon, a very exiting event that attracts people from around the world.