Four doctors of chiropractic will join the 62-member U.S. Olympic healthcare team for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China, to help optimize performance outcomes for many of the 600 U.S. athletes. Since the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York, chiropractors have provided healthcare services to elite performers, and this year chiropractors will assume an even greater role in the integrated healthcare team, which includes medical doctors, massage therapists, and certified athletic trainers.
Chiropractic fulfills a need, not only by treating injuries but also by aiding in recovery and positively impacting athletic performance. Chiropractors promote active care and treatment with a commitment to healthy progression and rehabilitation. The role of chiropractors in the U.S. Olympics emphasizes its dedication to promoting optimal individual performance.
Chiropractors will provide care during practice sessions in the Olympic Village, training facilities as well as during the Olympic events.
Chiropractic care is particularly valuable for pain management, and offers athletes highly effective solutions for achieving optimal performance without the use of prescription drugs.
In addition to the four chiropractors who will provide care to the U.S. Olympic athletes, chiropractors from around the world will be joining their respective Olympic teams. Team chiropractors will be present from Sweden, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, Brazil, and China, among others.
Dr. Brett L. Kinsler is a chiropractor in Rochester, NY who cares for athletes, both elite and amateur.