The American Massage Therapy Association® (AMTA®) Board of Directors Meeting March 7, 2015 included a meeting with representatives of Team Roger C. Peace. AMTA is partnering with the team to support the paralympic athletes in their conditioning and competition.
AMTA’s co-sponsoring of the team includes collaboration with the Human Performance Lab of Greenville, South Carolina, to gather data on the impact of massage therapy on the conditioning and performance of these professional athletes. AMTA’s name and logo are prominently displayed by the athletes as they compete and massage therapy will be closely associated with their training and conditioning in this first of a kind study.
The team includes amputees, para and quadriplegics, and a cyclist with traumatic brain injury. These 11 inspiring and highly-motivated athletes are working toward competing in the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As they train and compete throughout 2015, they will receive regular massage from AMTA members, and data will be gathered on the effects of massage therapy on their physical performance.
Team Roger C. Peace's David Randall
David Randall started handcycling in 2004 as a way to get back in shape after having spinal cord surgery. He entered the 2005 Detroit Marathon and had a good finishing time. He soon discovered the United States Handcycling Federation and started to compete on the circuit.
In 2009 he was invited to Paralympics Talent I.D. camp making his first World Championship team that year. David has been a member of the U.S. National Team since 2009. He competed in several World Cup races in Dubai, Italy and Canada, and became a member of Team Roger C. Peace in 2013.