Flagstaff, Arizona, sits atop the world, especially this year as we work our way nearer the 2008 Olympics in China. Many of the world’s fastest athletes utilize the hypoxic conditions of this high altitude city to produce more red blood cells in which to carry oxygen to their muscles. They train long and hard, get sore, get up, and do it all over again the next morning. Erik Dalton’s Myoskeletal Alignment is the therapy of choice for many training Olympians this year, and I’m honored to play a small part in their success.
Author’s Note: This article is dedicated to, and in memory of, Gail Weldon who passed away in 1991. Gail, a pioneer in the advancement of women in the field of athletic training, was the organizer of the first-ever, modern Olympic massage team at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympic Games. I believe she, along with her assistant, Joan Parks (both certified athletic trainers) brought massage out of the dark ages that year and into the forefront of acceptance in America.
The Olympic Games are a massive undertaking. Consider some numbers from the recently completed Summer Games in Sydney, Australia. Over the course of 16 days, more than 10,000 athletes representing 198 countries participated in 28 different sports. Crowds of more than 110,000 took in some of the events live, while an estimated 4 billion viewers worldwide watched on television. In addition, approximately 6 million tickets were sold to the events which featured the best athletes on the planet.