It was such a pleasure to work with the Rugby World Champions once again. This time during the Autumn Internationals ahead of their clash with Wales at the Principality Stadium. With 42 players travelling in total and only two physiotherapists, my role was to assist with their recovery, working within a team of experienced massage therapists. At international level, players’ bodies especially their soft tissues, are put under enormous stress. This combined with a quick turn-around between games, highlights the important and critical role sports massage plays in delivering physical, physiological and psychological benefits. The sports massage helps restore mobility to tight muscles, removing waste products and aids relaxation – both physical and mental!
The All Blacks are extremely professional and are a delight to work with. Their dedication to maintaining their bodies in peak condition is evident from the abundance of foam rollers and massage balls in the room. I worked with the players for an hour at a time, focusing on the areas as directed by their physiotherapist. This ensured the players received the most relevant and effective treatment to enable them to be on top form for the weekend. These principals are shared at Harris & Ross where physiotherapists and sport massage therapists work in harmony, as a team, to enhance recovery and deliver the best treatment for patients.
The Autumn Internationals have most certainly delivered some exciting rugby so far. Although I am Welsh myself and have grown up watching Welsh rugby, I must admit, I am secretly rooting for the All Blacks (don’t tell my Dad though). Also, a highlight of mine was discovering Beauden Barrett’s appreciation for Manchester football!