ACM PARTNERSHIP WITH TENNIS AUSTRALIA
Providing sports massage to elite athletes
Ever at the forefront of massage training, ACM has formed a successful partnership with Tennis Australia.
Aware of our reputation for the utmost professionalism, excellence, respect and passion, ACM was afforded the opportunity to collaborate with Tennis Australia at the December Showdown Tournament at Melbourne Park in December 2011.
ACM students joined the treatment team at Rod Laver Arena under the guidance of the Tennis Australia physiotherapy team.
“It was gratifying to see how massage formed such an integral part in the athletes' overall care program, from pre and post-event massages to help prevent injuries and enhance performance, to remedial massages to aid optimum recovery from sustained injuries. It was no surprise that our sports massage training came in handy.”
Hung Tong - ACM Diploma Student
The students played an important hands on role massaging players in the Optus Junior Championships spanning the age groups from under 12’s to under 18’s, including the participants of the Wildcard playoff for The Australian Open. The players were also very appreciative to receive massage, as indicated by their many smiling faces!
Over the 18 day tournament students gained invaluable insight into the elite sporting arena, along with instrumental tips regarding assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management from the experienced physiotherapy team. Students also learned taping techniques for various areas of the body.
“The atmosphere at the tournament was amazing, there was never a dull moment with athletes constantly dropping in for pre and post event attention. The athletes had varying needs, some had been knocked out of their rounds, others were preparing for their next and few were about to play or had just played their finals. Tensions were high and bodies were sore!”
Suzana Tomic - ACM Diploma Student
Targeted sports massage techniques accelerate the recovery and healing process, reducing the impact of delayed onset muscle soreness and fatigue. This enables players to perform at their peak throughout a tournament.
“Working with the Tennis Australia was so inspiring. I had the most amazing experience ever! It was so interesting to see how finely tuned the players bodies are and how even the slightest change in their racquet string tension is enough to upset their body mechanics.”
Suzanne Boswerger - ACM Diploma Student
This promising synergy continues into 2012 and ACM will be working with Tennis Australia both regionally and interstate, providing abundant opportunities for our students.