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Chi­ro­prac­tors Help­ing Olympians

Sev­eral dif­fer­ent sto­ries, from two sep­a­rate coun­tries, high­light chi­ro­prac­tors help­ing win­ter Olympians at the 2006 win­ter games. One story, from the Jan­u­ary 31, 2006, PRNewswire reported that two US chi­ro­prac­tors, Drs. Shapiro and Solomon, have been selected as the team chi­ro­prac­tors for the U.S. Olympic Team dur­ing the 2006 Win­ter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy.

The PRNewswire story notes that the ath­letes seek chi­ro­prac­tic care to main­tain their health and improve their com­pet­i­tive­ness. The arti­cle also notes that with the increased scrutiny sur­round­ing the use of performance-​enhancing drugs, “ath­letes are turn­ing to safe, drug-​free health care when­ever possible.”

The sec­ond story from the Feb­ru­ary 9, 2006 Cal­gary Sun Canoe News reports on how Cana­dian ath­letes will also be receiv­ing chi­ro­prac­tic care to help them in their pur­suit of gold. In this story, Dr. Uchacz, of Cal­gary is there to help the Cana­dian ath­letes com­pet­ing in bob­sleigh and skele­ton, with sec­ondary sup­port to the ath­letes in other dis­ci­plines. The story noted that Uchacz is thrilled to be instru­men­tal in help­ing ath­letes opti­mize their per­for­mance. He stated, “The bob and skele­ton ath­letes have a real chance at sev­eral medals this time and that makes it quite excit­ing to be a part of. This is the cul­mi­na­tion of four years of development.”

Another story in the Feb­ru­ary 10, 2006 St. Peters­burg Times also reports on a local chi­ro­prac­tor, Dr. Sage Cam­pi­one, who has been cho­sen to be one of 15 Amer­i­can chi­ro­prac­tors rep­re­sent­ing the chi­ro­prac­tic pro­fes­sion at the win­ter games.

These sto­ries high­light the fact that many ath­letes see chi­ro­prac­tic as a way to increase their chances of win­ning while decreas­ing their chances of injury or lost time. The arti­cles did note that prior to the offi­cial recog­ni­tion of hav­ing chi­ro­prac­tors directly as part of the staffs at the games, many ath­letes went to chi­ro­prac­tors on their own.

The PRNewswire arti­cle con­cludes by point­ing out just some of the ath­letes that have relied on chi­ro­prac­tic. They noted, “The ros­ter of Olympic ath­letes who have ben­e­fited from chi­ro­prac­tic care is truly impres­sive. Star per­form­ers such as Derek Parra, Carl Lewis, Greg Louga­nis, Willi Banks, Edwin Moses, and count­less other greats from pre­vi­ous Olympics have taken advan­tage of chi­ro­prac­tic in order to get a leg up on their competition.”

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