Chiropractic and Professional Sports: Increasing Awareness

Author: Corey Harrington, DC/Friday, April 01, 2016/Categories: April 2016

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By Corey Harrington, DC

AFTER SPENDING THREE YEARS as an active member of the Palmer Student American Chiropractic Association (SACA) chapter, I was thrilled to learn about the formation of the Millennial Think Tank (MTT). SACA gave me an appreciation for the importance of advocating for issues such as better integration of chiropractic into the Veterans Affairs (VA) and for the promotion of chiropractic care in the public arena. One of MTT’s aims is to create a forum for new doctors of chiropractic (DCs) to discuss issues facing the profession. I consider mainstreaming of the profession and increasing our cultural authority to be most important.

To focus on chiropractic utilization in professional sports, I interviewed one of my college fraternity brothers. Manteo Mitchell is a 2012 Olympic silver medalist who traveled to London as a member of the U.S. 4x400m relay team. To the right is an excerpt of an interview I conducted for a website aimed at increasing chiropractic awareness within the African-American community.1

Interviewing my fraternity brother gave me a greater insight into how important chiropractic is to professional athletes and how the profession might spread awareness, not just in the mainstream health care arena but in the African-American community. As someone who only learned of the wonders of chiropractic in my undergraduate years, I feel an especially strong desire to continue the work of ACA and others to ensure that chiropractic care is viewed as a safe and effective form of health care. The MTT allows me to continue to spread the message of chiropractic by contributing to the profession in a meaningful way and to the ongoing dialogue. As a newly minted DC, I look forward to furthering the relationships that started in SACA through the MTT and becoming a part of ACA leadership.

[For more on MTT, see “The Birth of the MTT,” Jan./Feb. 2016 ACA News, Page 39. Contact MTT at acamillennialthinktank@gmail.com.]

References

1) Harrington C. (2014, Aug. 1). Interview with Olympic Silver Medalist Manteo Mitchell. Retrieved from Blackchiropractic.org: The #1 Black Resource on Natural Health & Wellness: www.blackchiropractic.org/interview-olympic-medalist-manteo-mitchell.

Interview with U.S. Olympic Silver Medalist Manteo Mitchell

Q: Tell me about the transition from being a top-level collegiate athlete to an Olympic athlete. Were there any particular hurdles that you encountered?

A: The transition was simple for me. I didn’t grow up running track. In fact, this is only my ninth year in the sport. My coach prepared me for the transition. Nothing changed besides the logo and the intensity in training. Hurdles — if I had to pinpoint a situation in particular — I’d say training full-time while taking graduate classes toward my master’s. That was tough. Doable but tough.

Q: Competing at the Olympic level must require tremendous amounts of hard work and dedication. Was there anything about life as a professional athlete that surprised you?

A: It definitely does. Most ‘professional’ athletes should only be called athletes. I learned a lot going from an athlete to a professional status. Being a professional athlete requires more than just training on the track. You’re in the public eye. Fans and kids alike are watching your every move both on and off the track. So are sponsors. It’s important — especially for myself — that as a professional athlete, I carry myself to a higher standard. This means being careful about what I say and do in the public eye. Living up to my motto and life goals is important.

Q: Competing at the highest level of sports must include a large focus on health and human performance. Is there any health regime that you follow or specialty care that you routinely receive, such as chiropractic?

A: I receive chiropractic care weekly or bi-weekly. It really all depends on how my body feels and how it’s responding in training as to what services I may have rendered. My chiropractor, Dave Pascal, DC (Cary, N.C.), and my sports massage therapist, Jared Stull (Sylva, N.C.), really do a great job making sure my body is in pristine condition from the wear and tear placed on it daily. I’m very grateful to have a great support team!

Q: What does your typical exercise routine look like? 

A: I train anywhere from three to five hours daily. This can be broken up into two sessions. There may be weight training involved as well. Stretching, warming up, workouts, cool downs and massage therapy (when needed). All of that may even top the six-hour mark over the period of a particular training day.

[See more of the interview at blackchiropractic.org.]

Corey Harrington, DC, is a February 2016 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic located in Davenport, Iowa. At Palmer, he served as SACA chapter president from 2013 to 2014 in addition to serving as the National Student Representative for the American Black Chiropractic Association (ABCA). Dr. Harrington is an active member of ACA and the Millennial Think Tank.
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