It Takes a Village: Massage Students Help Build a Better Utah Blaze
Published on April 24, 2013 by Peter Tomala
It takes a village to keep a professional football team competitive. From the front office staff recruiting new players, to the coaches developing the team, to the actual players performing, a lot goes into putting a winning product on the field. Broadview University’s massage therapy program has been playing its part by partnering with the Utah Blaze again this season.
After a year of preforming pre-game massages, Broadview expanded its role with Utah’s professional arena football team. Massage students now work with the Blaze players twice a week; once during the week for maintenance massage and the other before home games.
The expanded relationship is allowing for more interaction among the students, Blaze staff and players. “The students will identify things while on the table and talk with the players about their issues,” said Broadview massage therapy instructor Kelley Sloan. “They’ll go back to the trainer with that information so they can address it.”
Utah Blaze Head Athletic Trainer Joel Noland said, “Having a massage program in place helps our players work through a number of issues that they face during a football season, including reduction of muscle spasms, release of trigger and tender points, reduction of scar tissue and adhesions, and overall relaxation.”
Sloan added, “This program allows us to treat the whole body instead of just a warm-up. We are able to better address the body’s needs and work through more techniques.”
Throughout the five-month regular season, students from Broadview University’s West Jordan and Layton campus will hone their skills on the massage table, while trying to help the Blaze on the field.
“The partnership with Broadview and their massage therapists is immeasurable in its ability to keep our players healthy and on the field for the regular season and beyond,” said Karl Bates, Utah Blaze director of player personnel, “which is the key to becoming a championship caliber team.”