Closing Session: Olympians + Massage Therapy

Saturday, October 29, 2-4pm | 2 Credit Hours 

Bringing Home the Gold: Olympians + Massage Therapy

Bonnie Blair, Alicia Dana, Kerri Strug, Abby Wambach
Moderated by Dr. Brent Bauer of the Mayo Clinic

Research shows massage therapy can benefit athletes of all fitness levels, and Olympic athletes are no exception. A panel of elite athletes will share how massage therapy helped them reach their Olympic dreams. The Mayo Clinic’s Dr. Brent Bauer will moderate the discussion and explain the science of massage for athletes.

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Read about these athletes in the fall issue of Massage Therapy Journal!


Meet the Moderator & Panelists

Dr. Brent A. Bauer

Director of the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program

Dr. Bauer's research interest is the scientific evaluation of complementary and alternative Medicine (CAM), and he has authored numerous book chapters and papers and is the medical editor of the Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine. His work is at the forefront of integrative medicine—combining the best of conventional medicine with the best of evidence-based complementary therapies.


Bonnie Blair

Olympic speedskating champion and one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history

Bonnie Blair competed for the United States in four Olympics, winning five gold medals and one bronze medal. In 2004, she was elected to the United States Olympic Hall of Fame. At the time of her induction, Blair was the most decorated United States Winter Olympian of all time. She is celebrated as the speedskater who produces her best performances when it counts the most.  Learn more »


Alicia Dana

Silver Medal Paralympic Cyclist, National Champion

Alicia Dana won silver at the 2016 Paralymipcs in hand cycling/road events. She previously competed in the 2012 Paralymipcs. Alicia, in partnership with AMTA and other para-athletes, is participating in the gathering of data on the impact of massage therapy on the conditioning and performance of para-athletes.  Learn more »


Kerri Strug

Member of the Magnificent Seven, the victorious all-around women's U.S. gymnastics team, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year

After injuring her ankle on her first vault attempt, Kerri Strug needed to land her second and final vault in order to seal the team's victory. With millions of people watching, and two torn ligaments in her leg, she got the job done with a solid landing before collapsing. She was carried to the award ceremony where she received her first gold medal. It was the first time the U.S. gymnastics team won gold. Learn more »


Abby Wambach

Soccer player, coach, two-time Olympic gold medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup champion

Abby Wambach is the all-time leading scorer in international soccer history with 184 career goals. She was the United States’ leading scorer in the 2007 and 2011 Women’s World Cup tournaments and the 2004 and 2012 Olympics. After winning the Women’s World Cup in 2015, Wambach retired as one of the most dominant players in the history of women’s soccer. In 2015, she was included in Time Magazine's Time 100 list of the most influential people in the world. Learn more »

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