“On Sundy October 8th, 2017 several running competitions happened in the parc de Baillet en France (95). It was the 9th edition of this event which gathered a hundred runners and about thirty volunteers.
The courses were of different lengths: 5, 10 or 15km. The organizers had scheduled a group start at 9 am for all races. On each race, there was the possibility of refueling in water and fast sugars (oranges, biscuits, etc.).
The organizers of the event also offered a physiotherapy stand on which I was with Angeline P, a former CEERRF student, who graduated in 2016.
Having never been able to participate in massage events organized by the school or the Student Union, I thought it could be interesting to gain experience on a sporting event like this one.
The first runners arrived at 9:20 am on the massage stand. We were only two to manage the stand, but the small number of participants and especially the variability of the level of them helped us not being overworked. Thus, we were able to take the time to identify runners’ different needs and to adapt our intervention according to their pain, during and after the effort.
From the information given by the runners, we started a massage, stretching, or even massages in stretching position. We also used techniques to pass the muscle contractures I had been learning last year, namely the Trigger points. The techniques we applied were often located in the thighs or calves: the ones we had learn in class. Thus, we started with superficial techniques such as superficial sliding pressures (or stroking). We then made deep pressures that could be static or staged, using radio-ulnar pressure or with the blotter technique.
Subsequently, I performed deep kneading at the level of the soleus and gastrocnemics in stretching position of the sural triceps. Then I went up to the level of the thigh to knead the hamstrings or the quadriceps (supine position). With some runners I also made a decay of the ilio-tibial tract.
Finally, I ended up with trigger points pressures seen in class, namely the one we had treated at the level of the medial gastrocnemius.
In my opinion, this event helped me to gain experience. Actually, taking part to this activity gave me the opportunity to know how the massage activities organized by the Student Union or the school work. I was also able to practice some of the techniques seen in class.”