Concorde Blog - Oct 29, 2019
Concorde Career College and the Mississippi RiverKings have announced a partnership that provides the team's hockey players with sports massages courtesy of Concorde's massage therapy students- to treat and prevent injuries, optimize their performance and increase their well-being.
In return, students gain unique real-world experience, honing their skills by providing players with customized sports massages.
Now in their third year of partnership with Concorde, the RiverKings play all home games this season on the recently-named Concorde Career College Ice Rink at the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss.
Concorde focuses on preparing students for successful careers in a much shorter time frame than at a traditional university; in fact, students can receive a diploma and the training needed to get their massage license in less than one year. The program includes a focus on sports massage, deep tissue massage, and preparation for a career in massage therapy.
When massage is incorporated into an athlete's overall training program, the benefits are numerous.
"It has been incredibly beneficial for the players to be working with the Concorde massage students," said Rick Hanlon, head athletic trainer for the RiverKings. "They have done a phenomenal job working with the players to help me keep the guys playing at peak performance."
Chris Burgio, Concorde Southaven campus president, said, "The RiverKings have been giving back to the surrounding community for more than two decades. As an organization, Concorde embodies a similar core value of serving the community, making this partnership an excellent fit."
The sports massage program not only provides hands-on experience for the campus' students, but it allows the college to continue supporting the longest continually-operating professional sports franchise in the greater Memphis area.