It Takes a Team to Make an Olympian
From the Desk of Dr. S. Erik Vose... I don’t know about you, but I have really been enjoying watching the Winter Olympics this past couple of weeks. Seeing athletes compete at the highest level of amazing sports that we are not usually exposed to and being able to witness the culmination of years of hope, sweat and dreams is a very unique opportunity filled with plenty of drama and excitement. Of course there are some sports that each of us identify with more than others. Personally, I really enjoy the snowboardcross, short track ice skating, ski jumping and aerials… and that is probably because, at some point in my life, these would be the events that I would aspire to compete in. It is easy to think to yourself “yeah, it would be great to be in the Olympics someday” but to actually be able to even put yourself in the position to get to the Olympics takes something that most of us don’t have. Needless to say, I have great respect for the athletes at the Olympic games because of their dedication to training, their endurance, power, agility, creativity and talent.
I probably watch these games with a slightly different mindset than most people due to the profession I am in. Some of the stresses that are put on the body in events such as the downhill mogul ski races and ice hockey are pretty obvious to everyone, but I can’t help but to watch something like speedskating and think to myself how incredibly taxing that motion must be to the muscles of the lower back with the skater forward flexed to almost 90 degrees. Or how the shoulders of the biathletes must be so incredibly conditioned to be able to work that intensely for such a long period of time and then remain so steady as to shoot a rifle accurately. And then of course there are the wipe-outs, those terrible moments where something goes wrong and it seems as though it would be a miracle if the person were to even be able to get up.
I have often found myself hoping that all of these athletes have someone who does what I do to help them through all of the trials and tribulations of being an Olympian, regardless whether it would be to help prime their bodies to perform their best, to prevent injuries from hours and hours of training, or to correct conditions that develop from all of the training. Or in the worse cases, help these athletes rehabilitate injuries suffered from falls and mishaps. And then I remind myself that these are the elite, of course they must have a whole team of people looking after their mind and bodies because, at that level, if you didn’t, you would be at a distinct disadvantage.
It is that team approach that makes such a difference when treating conditions of not only elite athletes, but the rest of us as well. Knowing that there is a group of like-minded healthcare professionals communicating for the common good of an individual has proven again and again to be very efficient, not to mention comforting for the patient.
So even though my days of being an Olympic athlete have probably passed, I will still take comfort in the fact that I have a team of practitioners looking after me and if the Skip of the US Curling team calls me up and wants me to give it a try, I just may do that… but I am bringing the rest of OMBE with me!
Erik S. Vose D.C., Doctor of Chiropractic
Erik Vose is a Board Certified Chiropractor in Massachusetts. He holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in California and a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from the University of Colorado. After earning his doctorate degree, Erik received two years of additional chiropractic and sports therapy training in Walnut Creek, CA. Erik is a member of the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society and the American Chiropractic Association.
Dr. Vose treats patients for a range of conditions from sports injuries to chronic pain by focusing on the entire musculoskeletal system. Erik combines soft tissue therapy with ultrasound, electric stimulation, stretching, and chiropractic adjustments. He is proficient in the diagnosis and treatment of extremity injuries as well as those associated with the spine. Erik develops comprehensive treatment plans that focus on both alleviating symptoms and helping his patients achieve optimal strength and well-being.