Here at the Rosenberg Wellness Center, we’ve caught Olympics fever! We are so excited for the games to officially kick off this Friday, so we can cheer on Team USA! There is nothing more satisfying than seeing top elite-level athletes give their all as they go for the gold.
I myself am most excited to see the running events, everything from the marathons to the 100-meter dash. As a practice that specializes in treating elite competitors, all of us at Rosenberg Wellness Center know just how challenging these sports can be–and how far you have to push the body to be its best and win. In fact, I’ve had the privilege of treating hundreds of these types of top-tier competitors myself at grueling races like the Ironman Triathalon and the Wall Street Marathon. When you see how much damage the body experiences during these kinds of athletic competitions, you can’t help but marvel at the body’s ability to heal itself.
Olympics Rio 2016, chiropractic care for athletesChiropractic care can help in that healing. According to Dr. Sean Atkins, an expert exercise physiologist, at least 90% of the most elite athletes use chiropractic on a regular basis to prevent injuries and to improve their performance. All types of Olympic athletes have credited chiropractic care with helping them achieve their success, including Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps. In fact, the Team USA delegation is sending a number of expert chiropractors to treat athletes over the next few weeks. My team will be watching closely to see how this treatment gives our athletes an edge (and hopefully a large number of gold medals!).
I personally will also be watching to see how Nery Brenes performs in Rio. If you don’t recognize the name, Brenes was a top Costa Rican runner a few years ago, but injuries had held his career back. After getting treatments from a chiropractor at my alma mater Life University, though, Brenes was finally able to take home the gold medal in the 2012 IAAF World Championships. He even set a new championship record. Listen to him tell you about his experiences
I’ll be excited to see how chiropractic care continues to transform him and many other athletes at the Olympics. And as always, GO USA!!!