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Sport Chiropractor at the Olympics

Posted on: September 11th, 2012 by admin No Comments
Sport Chiropractor at Olympics

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If you’re an athlete or just interested in sports, you might be curious as to what a sport chiropractor is and in what capacity they can help athletes in a wide array of venues. Let’s start with some general definitions first. This kind of chiropractor works specifically in sports medicine and requires at least two-three years of post-graduate education to become a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician or a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians.

Chiropractors have had a presence at the Olympics since the 1960s. To be specific, Dr. Leroy Perry was the first chiropractor on staff in 1968 with the Aruba team. The United States didn’t get a chiropractor until 1980 for the Winter Games. Ever since then, chiropractors have been included on staff for each U.S. team and have gained more and more recognition in the following years. In fact, chiropractic care finally became integrated into the overall treatment of athletes at the 2010 Winter Olympics, which were held in Vancouver.

Many other teams in the Olympics also make use of the services of a sport chiropractor to keep their athletes in the best shape possible including Costa Rica and Honduras.

Even with all of this promising information, some people are still skeptical of the role of chiropractics in sports medicine. This is largely due to the fact that there have been some sketchy people in the industry before making a bad name for the entire profession. Thankfully, the accreditation and screening procedures are much more stringent nowadays, so people should feel more confident in the services offered by chiropractors in general, not just those employed by the various Olympic teams.

At the Olympics, these professionals are often in charge aiding athletes and keeping their bodies performance ready. Regular adjustments are usually performed to keep muscles, tendons, and ligaments loose and flexible. This can allow for maximum range of motion and can be fundamental in preventing injury. Olympic athletes regularly push their bodies past reasonable boundaries, which is simultaneously impressive and dangerous. When under so much pressure, it’s understandable for athletes to make mistakes, making injuries more likely.

This is why having a sport chiropractor on hand for the Olympic team is an essential part of preparation and training. It must be reassuring for the athletes as well to know they have someone on hand in charge of their physical well being at all times.