Athleticism is the culmination of multifactorial components assimilating perfection at the same time. In the Track & Field athlete participating in the arduous length of an Indoor, spring and summer season challenges these components. Much like a high performance IndyCar® at the Indy 500 cannot go the distance without engineering feedback, tire changes and chassis adjustments, the USATF athlete cannot go the distance without support.
SVSP is in Europe, particularly on the Diamond League circuit, to be the “body mechanics” for these extraordinarily high performance athletes. Our task is to be the front line of medical and body management support. This is just one dimension of the solutions provided by SVSP; however, it is the most appropriate given the time of season and the countdown to the IAAF World Championships.
Over the past ten days, July 17-26, our SVSP team has provided hands on care and decision support in Monaco, Leuven, Belgium and London. The typical service centers on readiness for training and competition; body alignment, joint mobility, muscle activation as well as post activity recovery massage.
A case in point was Friday evening at the London Diamond League meeting at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park when Peter Callahan arrived in the ready room under the Stadium saying, “my legs and hips feel dead”. Peter, a recent graduate of Princeton and Master’s degree at New Mexico was to pace/rabbit the men’s 3000 meters. The response by Ralph Reiff, ATC was to take Peter through muscle activation sequences to “turn on” the neuromuscular stimuli of his shoulders, torso, glutes, hamstrings, adductors, etc. After the race Peter said he “felt the lights come on” meaning he was energized and fully engaged to complete his athletic moment.
Finding the right solution for the athlete at the right time and delivering it in a manner of acceptance is a major purpose of our team being in Europe assisting the greatest track & field athletes in the world.