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February 27, 2006

Massage Therapy and Baseball

The Haverhill Eagle-Tribune is running a series on possibly unrecognized people in the organization of the Boston Red Sox baseball club. Today's feature focuses on Russell Nua (team massage therapist) and Tara Mardigan (team nutritionist).

"Baseball is a core-orientated (sport), so when the core gets tight your body is going to lock up. You can't swing as fast as you can, you can't run as fast as you can. That's just how things work."

Now, more than 30 years after playing the King Rat in "The Nutcracker," Nua can be found manipulating some of the highest-priced muscles in the baseball business. Judging by the constant visits of pitcher Josh Beckett and others this spring, his presence is certainly not going under the radar in the eyes of those who matter.

"One of the things about baseball is that not a lot of people have had massages," Nua said. "You don't try things out. What you try and do is just do a little so they know what it's all about."

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