Robert Silverman, DC, MS, was honored as the American Chiropractic Association Sports Council’s (ACASC) Sports Chiropractor of the Year at the council’s annual symposium in Denver, Oct. 23-24, 2015. Dr. Silverman is a certified nutrition specialist (CNS), a certified clinical nutritionist (CCN) and a certified sports nutritionist from the International Society of Sports Nutrition (CIISN). He has also earned his master’s of science in human nutrition. In addition, he is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)-certified corrective exercise specialist. He has taught several sports seminars, as well as a sports nutrition and performance certification course at Northwestern Health Sciences University. His motto is to grow and learn every day. Dr. Silverman will be speaking at the National Chiropractic Leadership Conference on Feb. 25, 2016, about the clinical breakthroughs for management of sports injuries using laser therapy.
Why did you decide to pursue chiropractic as a career?
I’ve always been involved in sports. At age 21, I was treated by a chiropractor for a lower back injury resulting from a basketball game. The DC was able to successfully resolve the problem in one session when several months of treatments by a number of other specialists provided me with no improvement. When I got off the table, I knew this would be my life’s work. I enrolled in chiropractic college soon after.
What sparked your interest in sports chiropractic?
Dr. Stephen Perle, a professor at my alma mater, University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic, turned me on to sports chiropractic. He was the medical director of the 1991 USA Track and Field Championships. We often spoke about sports chiropractic. After I graduated, Dr. Tom Hyde became my mentor. He is the godfather of all things sports chiropractic. He had time to encourage and point me in the right direction — he always found time for the young doctors.
How did you get started working with professional sports teams/athletes?
I treated a young athlete in middle school, and chiropractic worked for this individual. So by word of mouth, more athletes came in to my practice. I also spoke at sports facilities, such as local high schools and local gyms, at colleges and even with golf course professionals. I got a few of them to come in and the dominoes fell from there. Since then, I have worked with professional NBA players, elite CrossFitters and aspiring, as well as former Olympians.
I carry a lot of sports equipment in my practice that allows me to work with athletes, such as low-level laser therapy, a recovery/performance system and rehab/performance products. In addition, I carry a supplement line that I recommend to patients since sports and nutrition go hand in hand.
Any advice for new and current doctors of chiropractic?
Join the ACA Sports Council if you’re interested in incorporating sports into your chiropractic arsenal. I can tell you that sports chiropractic has changed my life and enables me to touch lives and help so many others.
Also, I encourage anyone who is interested in sports chiropractic to take on athletes from all levels, whether they’re peewees or Olympic and professional athletes. I started with middle school athletes and now work with professional athletes.
Robert Silverman, DC, ACA member since 1998. His website is www.drrobertsilverman.com
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