Performance, Chiropractic and PyeongChang – How Chiropractic Helps Olympic Performance
The 2018 Winter Olympics underway, athletes of all kinds have arrived in PyeongChang, South Korea for their chance at Olympic glory. As we watch these athletes compete, it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the two weeks of competition and forget that these athletes have trained nearly their entire lives for this chance. Years of training will go into an event that may only last seconds, and the difference between gold and not medaling may less than a tenth of a second. For many of them, chiropractic care plays an integral role in being able to compete at the highest level. Chiropractic emphasizes performance centered care, injury prevention, injury recovery, and long term health (decades after the games are done) – all of which are vital for Olympic athletes. [This kind of care is also vital for kids, moms, lawyers, trades people, students etc. We are all competing, pushing and striving in our own daily “events”]
Chiropractic and performance.
Considering how many teams and competitors use chiropractors in today’s Olympics, it is surprising that it has been less than 50 years since the days of the first-ever team chiropractor. US Track and Field stand-out Dwight Stones credited chiropractic care with his Olympic performance on national television, bringing instant attention to Leroy Perry, DC, then the team chiropractor for Antigua in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. Shortly after, in 1980 Dr. George Goodheart became the first official US Olympic team chiropractor for the Winter Olympics held at Lake Placid.
At the London Olympics and the Rio Olympics we were honoured to be a part of the global network that took care of various Olympic teams. It was great to stand behind these athletes and watch them live out their dreams.
Even more prestigiously, William Moreau, DC, DACBSP became the first DC to serve as the managing director of sports medicine for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and as Olympic Games Chief Medical Officer for Team USA in Rio. Dr. Moreau says that “Chiropractic plays an important role in preventive, maintenance or injury specific care, and contributes to enhanced clinical outcomes and high patient satisfaction levels among all athletes.”
Graston Technique is one such therapy that chiropractors employ to assist athletes with faster recovery; in fact, Olympian Michael Phelps credited Graston Technique with his recovery after tough workouts in the pool.
Our Dr Sarah Vadaboncour is certified to do Graston!
What started out as a GoFundMe page in 2016 to finance an outlandish Olympic pursuit, is now a story worthy of Hollywood. A former sprinter at the University of Houston who ran for Nigeria at the 2012 London Olympics, Adigun, 31, will drive the first bobsled team to ever represent Africa at the Winter Olympics. In December, in the midst of training for PyeongChang, Adigun earned a master’s degree in exercise and health sciences, as well as her doctorate of chiropractic
Adigun is not only the driver for the historical first-ever Nigerian bobsled team, she also recently completed a double degree for a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic College and a Master’s of Science in Exercise Health – Sports Science from University of Houston. Adigun believes that “it is not always the most talented athlete who finishes on top, but the healthiest.” She also states that chiropractic “…is the keystone to revolutionizing sports medicine.”
It’s not the athlete with the best equipment that wins, it’s the one that’s best equipped to deal with the stresses. All stress, good or bad will be processed by your nerves system. Make sure you are well adjusted. We wish all of you, all the athletes we care for, and all competitors at the Olympics the greatest success.