Introduction: The world of elite athletes is embracing chiropractic as healthcare team players in the global sports world. The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) began utilizing chiropractors on their medical team in 1987. Since that time the number of chiropractors on the medical team has grown each year, directly reflecting this demand for non-surgical, non-pharmaceutical intervention.
Objective: The objective of this paper is to review the author’s experiences with injuries in elite athletes while serving as an intern at the United States Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Complex in Colorado Spring, Colorado, in 2005.
Discussion: The predominant injuries addressed by this author, who served as an intern on the USOC medical team, varied by sport and, although there were clear associations between certain injuries and certain sports, injuries were not always predictable.
Conclusion: The most challenging job for the practitioner working with elite athletes was responding to the need of the athlete to resume play as quickly and safely as possible, as well as communicating clear, precise recommendations for recovery for both their short-term and long-term goals.
Key Words: Chiropractic, elite athletes, United States Olympic Committee.
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