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Posted on 29 July 2016

Chiropractic care for Olympic athletes in Rio

Chiropractic care will be one of the core services offered to athletes at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Dr Tom Greenway, lead chiropractor for the host team of chiropractors for the London Olympics, assisted Marcelo Botelho in recruiting chiropractic volunteers.

Chiropractic care was offered as one of the core services for athletes for the first time ever at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012. The service received very positive feedback from athletes and coaches, as well as others serving in the host services team, prompting Rio to follow a similar model. In 2012, a team of chiropractors were based at the Physical Therapies Department within the London Olympics Medical Centre as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Many countries also sent their own team chiropractors, with the US team alone sending over 100 chiropractors to treat their athletes. 

Key to training and recovery  

The inclusion of chiropractic services at the Olympics reflects the fact that chiropractic has become a key part of an athlete’s training and recovery programme. In the run up to the Games Usain Bolt received chiropractic treatment to recover from his back injury and Tour de France winner and multiple Olympic champion, Bradley Wiggins, has been having treatment since 2008. In fact, it is estimated that at least 90% of elite athletes use chiropractic on a regular basis to prevent injuries and to improve their performance.

The 2016 Olympics take place in Rio between the 5th and 21st of August. For more info visit: https://www.olympic.org/rio-2016

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