Back in 2003 I took a trip to Vancouver, Canada for New Year’s and while I was there, I had the privilege of heading up to Whistler to hit the ski slopes. The surrounding area was in the beginning stages of preparing for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Well, 6 years later here we are just a couple of weeks away from the start of the Winter Olympics there. With so many people and athletes converging over to western Canada for the festivities, one might wonder how all of the athletes are able to stay injury free and in peak shape while they are there competing at the games. Various treatments help keep the athletes feeling well, however Chiropractic has quickly become the leader in treating any sports injury over the entire length of the Olympic Games. I will discuss an example of athletes who need Chiropractic care, how prominent Chiropractic has become in Association with the Olympics, and finally determine who qualifies to receive Chiropractic care.
Imagine what a bobsledder’s body endures in one run down the track. It springs down the track pushing a heavy sled and at the opportune time, hops into the sled and crouches down while other people pile in around it. It’s then shaken, jostled, and bumped around while screaming down a banked track at over 80 miles an hour, then brought to a quick stop. A bobsledder will do this over and over on a daily basis, dramatically increasing the chances of a bone getting misaligned or an injury to develop. Whether it’s a bobsledder getting jostled in the sled, ice skater falling on the ice, mogul skier getting bumped on every run, or a snowboarder flying through the air and landing hard on the ground, every athlete needs Chiropractic care to keep their spine and joints perfectly aligned and healthy from the stress placed upon it.
How prominent has Chiropractic become in conjunction with the Olympics? Dr. Michael Reed was the first Chiropractor to serve as Medical Director of the Performance Services Division of the United States Olympic Committee at the Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado (my old stomping grounds), and was one of four chiropractors sent to Beijing to treat American athletes at the 2008 Olympic Games. He is serving as the medical director for Team USA at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. This position entails, along with the chief medical officer for the 47 member medical team, coordination of care for all members of the U.S. delegation. Chiropractic is vital to every athlete in the Olympics.
It’s quite impressive that Chiropractic can help keep elite Olympic athletes healthy and competing at such a high level, however just about anyone can take advantage of the incredible benefits that Chiropractic provides. Ranging from weekend warriors, to housewives, to office workers, etc…all have stress and all can benefit enormously from Chiropractic care.
The Olympics are exciting to watch, but the drama rises even more when every athlete is performing at their best and can give it their all. Chiropractors are leading the way in keeping them in tip-top shape!