Chiropractors join a large team of health care providers in assisting over 14,500 Olympic and Paralympic athletes competing at Rio 2016.
With nine chiropractors involved at the Olympic Games and seven at the Paralympic Games, Australians make up three of the total 16 chiropractors selected from around the world.
Sydney chiropractor Dr David Steven has just returned from Rio de Janeiro, having served in the polyclinc for the duration of the Games. “I’ve treated athletes from around the globe in all types of sports. Marathon runner from Algeria, rhythmic gymnast from Cape Verde, rugby player from Fiji, to a windsurfer from Estonia plus many Aussie athletes” commented Dr Steven.
“Working side by side with sports doctors from New York, Mumbai and Berlin, physiotherapists and osteopaths from London & Brazil and sports masseuses from Melbourne, London and Brazil.” The polyclinc offers a broad range of services including dentistry, ophthalmology, physical therapies, emergency care, and several medical specialties such as sports medicine, orthopaedics, neurology, cardiology and psychiatry.
Dr Marcelo Botelho, Brazilian chiropractor and chiropractic team leader, reports “there has been a lot of exchange among these professionals. It is not uncommon to find chiropractors at the x-ray reporting room talking to the radiologist about some patient, or with the orthopaedic surgeon or the sports medical doctor.”