Ep 350 – Working in the Professional Athletic Industry with Mira Rucker

A pair of hands applying pressure to an athletes hamstring.

In this episode of The ABMP Podcast, Kristin and Darren are joined by Mira Rucker to discuss how she came to be the massage therapist for the Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL, what the day-to-day work is like, some of the pros and cons of working with a professional athletic team, and how she balances fandom with professionalism.

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Mira is an attentive and methodical licensed massage therapist with decades of experience in the wellness and fitness space. She is an excellent communicator and active listener, with career success working in challenging, therapeutic clinical environments. In addition to working with NHL athletes, she has worked with Division 1 basketball and football players, Ivy League swimmers and divers, club track and field athletes, volleyball players, golfers, and field hockey players.

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Darren Buford is senior director of communications and editor-in-chief for ABMP. He is editor of Massage & Bodywork magazine and has worked for ABMP for 22 years, and been involved in journalism at the association, trade, and consumer levels for 24 years. He has served as board member and president of the Western Publishing Association, as well as board member for Association Media & Publishing. Contact him at editor@abmp.com.

Kristin Coverly, LMT is a massage therapist, educator, and the director of professional education at ABMP. She loves creating continuing education courses, events, and resources to support massage therapists and bodyworkers as they enhance their lives and practices. Contact her at ce@abmp.com.

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