CHRISTIAN RIVAS enters his ninth season as manual therapist for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He joined the team prior to the 2010-11 campaign after arriving from the New York area, where he previously worked at PHP Hockey Performance Training Center in Darien, Connecticut as well as SPORTSLAB NYC.
Rivas, a specialist in active release techniques (ART), worked previously with NHL, NFL, NBA and MLB players during their off-season training. He also has extensive experience in other soft tissue manipulation modalities, ranging from sports massage to osteopathic manual and structural balancing techniques, ranging from articular pumping to fascial unwinding, to name a few. Rivas' focus is to attempt to release areas of congestion, tightness and scarring of involved structures to enhance athletic performance.
The New York native attended Sutherland Academy of Osteopathic Medicine in Ontario, Canada and the Academy of Massage Therapy in New Jersey. He is nationally certified to practice massage through NCBTMB, is a certified flexibility specialist and a specialist in ART, while also being licensed by the University of the State of New York Licensing Board.
Rivas served in the same position with Team USA at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships in Finland/Sweden.