Predictions for 2012 Tour De France
May 29, 2012 3 Comments
Submitted by Desmond Slattery
Along with the usual chatter about doping and cycling politics, here is one thing that is certain. There will be a lot of MASSAGE going on.
Recently, Sue Wood and other administrators for continuing education at GotYourBack have been discussing plans for offering a certificate in Advanced Sports Massage. The substance of a successful approach to Sports Massage lies beyond the typical approach of pre/post event massage. If you want to make a living as a Sports Massage Therapist you must reach beyond this. To be a successful sports massage therapist you must get into the head of an athlete. The athlete wants one thing; to win. As a therapist your rewards come from participating in an integrated approach to help the athlete reach this goal. You become a part of their successes and their losses. As a therapist you must also understand the coaches’ point of view, basic training principles, the demands of a particular sport and you should have a deeper understanding of “functional training.”
Our Workshop offers an innovative approach to this which involves education with athletes, coaches, advanced anatomy and physiology and hands on real world experience. More on that later (or contact Sue Wood or GotYourBack).
I wanted to share a bit on this from an article from The Telegraph:
Bradley Wiggins reveals Team Sky’s explosive secret that has put him in contention for Tour de France.
Here is part of the secret:
” We ride our bikes, get a massage, eat and then sleep. The we get up and do it again”
…..and he lives at altitude on a volcano!
From the article:
Taking a break from his training in this spectacular setting, Wiggins reveals his extraordinarily intense working environment, tailored specifically for producing a Tour de France winner. “Nothing else matters,” Wiggins says.
Since Wiggins and his colleagues started riding on the volcano last May he has won the prestigious Critérium du Dauphiné, Paris-Nice and the Tour of Romandy, finished third in the Vuelta a España with metal pins in a broken collarbone, claimed silver in the time trial at the World Championships and produced a sensational performance working for Mark Cavendish at the worlds when Wiggins rode so hard on the final circuit that nobody contemplated a break. He even won a sprint finish to win a stage at the Tour of Romandy last month……
“There are no distractions. There is nowhere I fancy walking to – and cyclists don’t walk anyway. There is no internet. Well, about an hour every night if you are lucky. It’s very extreme but I like extreme. Everything is geared to one thing, achieving the fitness and form required to win the Tour de France.
“This is the level of training and the lifestyle I have always dreamed of. I could not be happier. I have a fantastically supportive wife and family – I have been at home for less than five weeks this year but they are right behind me.
So come July, look for Bradley Wiggens, and maybe see massage in a whole new light.