Crack­ing ef­fort

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Arthri­tis New Zealand is $2000 bet­ter off thanks to the Unitec Sport Re­cov­ery Zone at the adi­das Auck­land Marathon.

More than 450 ath­letes par­tic­i­pat­ing in the November 3 event ben­e­fited from post-race re­cov­ery treat­ment de­liv­ered by more than 30 os­teopa­thy stu­dents from Unitec.

Unitec clin­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion de­vel­op­ment man­ager – os­teopa­thy Graeme Saxby says the re­cov­ery zone proved ex­tremely pop­u­lar.

‘‘Post-race treat­ment is im­por­tant for mus­cle and joint re­cov­ery, and our os­teopa­thy stu­dents are spe­cially trained in pro­vid­ing treat­ments that ease ten­sion and re­duce race-re­lated in­juries.

‘‘We are de­lighted that so many ath­letes ben­e­fited from re­ceiv­ing treat­ment on com­ple­tion of their race and that we can pro­vide this fi­nan­cial sup­port to Arthri­tis New Zealand.’’

Arthri­tis New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive San­dra Kirby says it is grate­ful for Unitec’s con­tri­bu­tion to fundrais­ing and pro­mot­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s goals.

Unitec os­teopa­thy stu­dent Mike McLeod says the ex­pe­ri­ence was re­ward­ing.

‘‘Whether the ath­letes had com­pleted the half­marathon or marathon, each and ev­ery one of them had been on a per­sonal jour­ney.

‘‘The re­cov­ery zone pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge their amaz­ing ef­forts and pro­vide a re­cov­ery ser­vice for them at the com­ple­tion of the jour­ney.’’

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