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It Takes a Community to Raise an Athlete

By Beth Ann Chamberlain September 15, 2014 No comments

It takes a community to raise a child. This is something I remember my mom telling me long ago. If this is true for your average Joe or Jane, then what would you say for an Olympic driven athlete? It takes a state? A country? Or perhaps a county…The County some might say.

Over the past four years my husband David and I have been living, working and training in Caribou. We each had a goal of making the 2010 Olympic team. The amount of hours each of us put into this goal is unimaginable. Our lives revolved around this goal. The way we ate, slept, worked and of course trained, was all molded to help us reach our Olympic goal. As committed as we have been through this entire process, we were never alone. Maine Winter Sports Center has played a major role in allowing us to pursue our Olympic dreams. This organization has provided us with unmatched resources to help us pursue our goals in Nordic sports. MWSC is only the tip of the iceberg ofsupport. Aroostook County is one place that knows this well. The generosity and open arms this community has held out to all of the Nordic athletes that have spent time in the area, is absolutely astounding. Whether it is fi nding a place to live, fi xing a part on your rifl e or looking for part time work that has very fl exible hours, the people of “The County” are there to find a solution for you.

The County is a special place because of its people, but they too are not alone.I would like to think that there is a little “County” in all the Nordic folks throughout the U.S. All the travelinginvolved in this sport has brought me into many homes of friend’s of the sports. Opening homes, countless plates of food, rides to airports, ski venues and grocery stores are just a few examples of the generosity the people, I like to call Friends of Nordic/Biathlon give on a regular basis. These are the people that make our athletic careers possible. They also make it even more enjoyable.

And last but not least, I could not have made it as far as I have in biathlon without the support of my family. They have supported me through 100% ofmy biathlon career and I am so very thankful for that. I am sure this is also true to many other biathletes and Nordic skiers out there.

While we athletes put so much into our sports, we couldn’t do it without the help of all these people. I am forever grateful to all of you. And I look forward to carrying on this generosity in years to come, helping a new generation of skiers and biathletes pursue their own goals.

In addition to all the support BethAnn and David have received from the friends of Nordic and Biathlon, they are also supported by:

About the Author:
BethAnn is a Maine Winter Sports Center biathlete living and training in Caribou, ME. She also works at County Physical Therapy in Caribou as a Licensed Massage Therapist. In addition to MWSC, she is also supported by: Cary Medical Center, The Pressure Positive Co., Grandy Oats Granola and Icebreaker. Many thanks to each of these establishments. Their support help make BethAnn’s biathlon career possible. You can reach BethAnn at the following email address. bac@mainewsc.org

A Dynamic Duo

By Beth Ann Chamberlain September 15, 2014 No comments

I am both a biathlete and a massage therapist and have found that my two careers complement each other well. Biathletes like massages and massage can help a biathlete keep his or her body feeling good. As an athlete I am constantly working on keeping my body fit, recovered and feeling good. As a massage therapist I am constantly working on new ways I can help alleviate chronic or acute pain, reduce infl ammation, relax tight muscles and shorten recovery time for each of my massage clients. Using my knowledge, skill, and awareness from both of these professions I’vedeveloped unique perspective on how best to perform my job balancing my two careers.

As an athlete, I know how demanding we can be at times. A scratchy throat can ruin a day or even a week, a tight hamstring can quickly lead to a mild panic attack and afternoon naps are pretty much essential. You might think this sounds pretty silly but there is a good reason for all these concerns. As an athlete our bodies are our job. We depend on the health andwell being of them to get us throughour work day. When something feelsa little off, it can derail us in a way a “normal” person wouldn’t relate to. Massage therapy can help prevent a major derailment from occurring by working out sore, tight muscles, everyday aches and pains and helping maintain good flexibility. Being both an athlete and a massage therapist I know and understand the importance of keeping an athlete’s body in top shape and know how massage can help the body maintain that state.

Mending A Swollen AnkleBethAnn helping mend a sore swollen ankle and lower leg of friend and teammate, Haley Johnson by applying some Kinesio tape to it. For more information on Kinesio taping email BethAnn at bac@mainewsc.org or check out their website, http://www.kinesiotaping.com

Four years ago, when I started this dynamic duo, I knew I had a great opportunity to pursue two interests of mine at the same time. But what I didn’t know is how much they would give back to one another. Bringing these two careers together has given me the chance to better myself both as a teammate and a massage therapist. I live and travel with athletes all year round. Like me these athletes are pushing their bodies far beyond the normal limit. They are all in need of body work after long training weeks. While I am not able to attend to all of their aches and pains (not even my husband who is also an athlete) I do try to lend two helping hands as often as I can. This work means a lot to me for a couple different reasons. It allows me to practice massage on people I am close to, who are also highly sensitiveto how their bodies feel and how they respond to different stimuli. This means I can poke and prod them however I see fit and they will be very clear in telling me if the work is helpful or not. But more importantly, I am able to help my teammates feel better through the work we do together.

I feel pretty lucky to have worked out two careers that fit so nicely together. They both are very challenging in two very different ways. But one theme remains constant throughout both, I strive, day in and day out, to do my best work for me and my clients.

About the Author:
BethAnn is a Maine Winter Sports Center biathlete living and training in Caribou, ME. She also works at County Physical Therapy in Caribou as a Licensed Massage Therapist. In addition to MWSC, she is also supported by: Cary Medical Center, The Pressure Positive Co., Grandy Oats Granola and Icebreaker. Many thanks to each of these establishments. Their support help make BethAnn’s biathlon career possible. You can reach BethAnn at the following email address. bac@mainewsc.org