As a student at Palmer West, I received special training by the American Chiropractic Association Sports Council to work sporting events such as NBA Hoop It Up and the Sea Otter Classic (mountain and road bike racing). Many of my classmates didn’t think it was worth the extra work to get trained and certified for these events, but I loved the thrill of working with athletes. As a student, I learned to cooperate with EMTs as they sorted the issues that they dealt with from the ones my expertise could better address. I passed off skull fractures and heart attacks to the emergency medical technicians while I cleaned up road rash and adjusted shoulders and knees. By adjusting bikers, they got range of motion back in their shoulders so they were back on the course moments before their next start time.
Since then, I have worked with dancers, golfers, baseball players, water polo players, triathletes, marathon runners, motor cross, and long distance cyclists – to name a few. Annually, I volunteer at the Susan G. Koman 3-Day Breast Cancer walk supporting the thousands of women who walk through South San Francisco, San Francisco, Tiburon, Oakland, and Berkeley. I also have worked with hula hoop and trampoline injuries which are less common, but equally important.
You don’t have to be a serious competitive athlete to benefit from sports-focused chiropractic. I approach all athletes as I would like to be looked at by a DC. This means I do detective work to determine how the injury took place, fix the injured area, and give you some tips to prevent the injury from reoccurring.
Last weekend I decided to step up my game like a runner of a 10k registering for his first full marathon. I began the Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician® (CCSP®) program with Dr. William Moreau. Dr. Moreau is Director of Sports Medicine Clinics for the United States Olympic Committee where he leads the multi-disciplinary sports medicine teams at all three Olympic Training Centers. He is also a chiropractor.
I try to learn from the best and if anyone who has to get his athletes back to training and competing immediately and without any down time, it is the director of the Olympic Medical Team. I can’t think of a better choice!
I look forward to learning cutting-edge techniques that I can bring back to the financial district of San Francisco to help all of my patients from the attorney who is a desk athlete (if you can work at a desk more than 10 hours in a day you’re an elite desk athlete!) who has a trial tomorrow to the tennis player who has a meet this weekend.