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Blog: St Mary's Rehabilitation Students Write About Working at the London Marathon

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Blog: St Mary's Rehabilitation Students Write About Working at the London Marathon

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Students from the Sports Rehabilitation programmes and the Professional Short Course in Sports Massage at St Mary’s University, Twickenham supported the fundraising efforts of 18 charities at this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon by offering free sports massages to over 500 runners after their races. Two students have written blogs about their experience on the day. My experience as a sports massage volunteer  To have the opportunity to volunteer as a Sports Masseuse at the 2016 London Marathon was a fantastic experience as it gave me an insight of part of what I am hoping to pursue in my future career. Early on Sunday morning, I travelled to London as part of a cohort of Sports Rehabilitation students where we were allocated to a range of charities including Breast Cancer Care, Mind and Wizz-Kidz. Based in some very luxurious hotels, the runners started to come in around 1pm and, until around 5pm, we worked flat out to provide the runners their much needed sports massage. The experience helped improve my confidence when treating patients, both men and women, as I received only positive feedback from the runners, saying that they thoroughly enjoyed it and was a great way for them to relax and unwind after a 26.2 mile run and also reflect on their brilliant achievement that they had just accomplished. Being able to work with a remarkable charity made the experience extra special as it felt good to be able to do my bit and give a little something back to the charities that are so close to the hearts of many. For the whole duration of the day, there was a fantastic atmosphere, especially when being able to watch a few of the runners cross the line. Even though it was a tiring day for all, it was an overall brilliant experience that I am hopeful to do again next year and would highly recommend it to new Sports Rehabilitation students as something to get involved in because it really does help you to gain vital experience that you will need to work in the industry and to acquire the skills you will need to kick-start your career. Laura Burn BSc Sport Rehabilitation Virgin London Marathon Volunteering Experience  The day started with a 9am meet on campus, about 80 students were mingling, anticipating how the day would go. Massage couches, mats, lotions and potions all had to be loaded on to the bus. By twenty to ten we were ready to roll. The journey to Piccadilly took about 40 minutes. I was first drop off and luckily the venue was just round the corner (didn't fancy lugging my couch too far). The venue was a pub and we were on the 2nd floor so much for not heaving my couch around! After we had set up the massage area and blown up some balloons for our charity, Action Medical Research, we went for a wander around to soak up the atmosphere and grab a coffee. Once back at the pub the first runner arrived about 1.30-2pm to a rousing round of applause. Runners arrived in a steady flow from that point on. Medical disclaimer forms were completed for each runner as they arrived then massage started. As 2 of us were working together we decided to take a leg each and do basic effleurage and petrissage massage techniques, flushing the leg muscles front and back for each runner. From the moment the first runner arrived we were flat out until around 6pm. We perfected our synchronised massage technique and managed to get through about 18 runners, one of which was Paddington Bear! We managed to grab about a 10 minute break around 4pm and scoffed a few sandwiches from the buffet provided which gave us a much needed energy boost. The day was hard work, enjoyable providing a much needed service to the runners and gave me a really great insight into massaging at an event. Mandy Hurworth Professional Short Course in Massage
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