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Chiropractic Care Included in 2010 Olympic Vancouver Winter Games at On-Site Polyclinic – A First for Olympic Athletes

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Source Southern California University of Health Sciences

For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games, the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada, include chiropractic care inside the Olympic Village Polyclinic, a multi-disciplinary facility offering comprehensive healthcare and medical services.

While DCs have historically been included on the Olympic medical staff, this year’s events mark the first time that DCs from the host country will be treating athletes and officials from around the world directly inside the Polyclinic.

“This is an historic event not only for the chiropractic profession, but also the athletes who will now have access to the care that will help them prepare their bodies for competition,” states Michael Reed, DC, MS, DACBSP, and team USA’s medical director (USOC). “These athletes train hard and endure significant physical demands. Sports-focused DCs, along with other members of the sports medicine team, are specially skilled to assist them in reaching peak performance.”

Chiropractic care has experienced several major moments in Olympic history, dating back to Leroy Perry, DC, who provided chiropractic care to athletes representing Antigua during the 1976 Games in Montreal, Canada. During the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, NY, George Goodheart, DC, became the first official chiropractor appointed to the U.S. team.
With each subsequent Olympic Games and Pan American Games, the U.S. teams — along with a growing number of other national teams — have included at least one doctor of chiropractic on their medical staff.

“Inclusion inside the Polyclinic is another major milestone for the chiropractic profession, and we are grateful to the host city of Vancouver, the head of medical services at the Polyclinic, Jack Taunton, MD, and to Robert Armitage, DC, who helped make this possible,” says USOC Director of Sports Medicine Clinics, Bill Moreau, DC, DACBSP.

By |February 25, 2010|News|6 Comments

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6 Comments

  1. […] to Dr. John Wiens for the great find about chiropractors taking part in the Polyclinic at he 2010 Olympic Winter […]

  2. Very exciting to see! Great step for chiropractic as a profession!

  3. Nona Djavid D.C. March 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Great News! I get excited hearing about involvement of chiropractors in athletic and philanthropic events. My office and I are planning on donating portion of our collections in the month of March to the Chilean Earthquake.

  4. Gary March 3, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Looking forward to hearing about what the experience was like for the DC’s who worked in Vancouver.

  5. Matthew Loop DC March 3, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    That is so awesome! I know a few chiros that have been on the sidelines of professional sports like the NFL & MLB. Glad the Olympics decided to step it up.

  6. seattle chiropractor January 5, 2011 at 11:54 am

    It is no coincidence that the finest athletes in the world choose chiropractic. They know something that many others still don’t… chiropractic works!

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