For the fourth straight year, Massage Therapy students from ECPI University’s Richmond/Moorefield campus were invited by the Washington Redskins to provide therapy to players throughout the team’s three-week preseason training camp in Richmond, Virginia.
“This opportunity provides real-life sports massage scenarios that are of tremendous benefit to our students,” says ECPI University Richmond/Moorefield Campus President Ashley Richards. “Professional athletes are physically very different. Obviously, their muscles are well-defined and tend to be large. This allows our students to make connections between their work and the body parts they are trying to address visually and kinesthetically.”
ECPI University’s Massage Therapy students worked side-by-side with Washington Redskins athletic trainers, physical therapists, and doctors to provide the highest quality massage therapy to the entire team. ECPI University’s educational program, as well as its partnership with the Redskins and the team’s medical staff, is designed specifically to facilitate professional growth and hands-on experience for its students.
“This was an incredible opportunity,” says ECPI University Massage Therapy student Matthew Bellamy-Parham. “To work on world-class athletes with the kind of muscle mass and definition these players possess gave us a learning opportunity like no other.”