Late Fall 2008, Volume 1, Issue 4
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For Love of the Games

Children all over the world love to run and jump, twist and turn, spin, dance and delight in games of every imaginable variety. As we grow, many of us channel this early enthusiasm into lifelong patterns of regular exercise. For some, this includes participation in individual and group sports. For a few, it becomes a calling. In this issue of Health Insights Today, we visit high-profile chiropractors who work with world-class athletes and also explore the important role of those who work with weekend warriors and amateur and youth athletes of all stripes. Read full article »
Fulfilling A Dream
Interview with T.J. Hackler, DC
T.J. Hackler entered chiropractic college intent on working with athletes. As an athlete who had been helped by a chiropractor when injured, Hackler was inspired to become a doctor so that he could help others. Less than a year after graduation, his focus and dedication have already begun to pay off—Dr. Hackler now works with the track and field team of a major university and has treated National Football League players at their summer training camp. Read full article »
Sports Injuries in Young Athletes

Participation in sports brings the health benefits of aerobic exercise along with opportunities to learn teamwork, discipline, sportsmanship and leadership skills. But the increasing commercialization of sports fuels dreams of winning college scholarships and reaching athletic stardom, pushing many youngsters toward unrealistic goals—which they pay for with their childhoods and damaged health. Read full article »

Chiropractic Intern Treats Young Olympian
It’s not every day that an intern in the community clinic at Cleveland Chiropractic College is asked to treat an Olympic team member. But 15-year-old gymnast Ivana Hong, an alternate on the 2008 U.S. gymnastics team who has begun training for the 2012 Games, was one of the many patients Benjamin Gottsche had the opportunity to serve as part of his training. Read full article »
Bringing Balance to Your Running with Yoga

Runners are a different breed. We love the solitude of a long run. We love the road rising up in front of us with the early morning sun. We love the sweat and the pounding of our hearts and the pavement. But, often, we don’t love to cross-train. Yoga asanas offer runners a way to increase strength, flexibility and balance, while preventing injuries and increasing both speed and endurance. Read full article »
Tai Chi:
Exercise for Life

Tai chi is a system of physical, psychological and spiritual cultivation developed centuries ago in China as a martial art that fused together methods of self-defense with methods for cultivating internal energy. It employs slow, rhythmic movement and precise postural alignment coordinated with breathing and mental focus. Deeper and more profound than Western approaches to exercise, tai chi is meditation in movement. Read full article »

Olympic Chiropractor:
Interview with Michael Reed, DC, DACBSP
Michael Reed is the first chiropractor to serve as Medical Director of the Performance Services Division of the U.S. Olympic Committee and was one of four chiropractors sent to Beijing to treat American athletes at the 2008 Olympic Games. Reed’s ascent to these roles grew organically from two decades of work with champion power lifters and his leadership in creating a streamlined, multidisciplinary model of sports medicine. Read full article »
Working with Athletes:
Where Service Meets Passion
Interview with
Thomas Hyde, DC, DACBSP
Tom Hyde was among the first chiropractors to work in an official capacity with a National Football League team (the Miami Dolphins) and in championship power lifting competitions. In this interview, Dr. Hyde describes a personal journey that started when he was the smallest child in his class but never let that stop him from participating in the many sports he loved. Now in his 60s, he is a leading educator and spokesperson for sports chiropractors. Read full article »
Calcium, Dairy and
Bone Health

People growing up in the U.S. have been taught since childhood that bones are primarily made of calcium, that the best dietary sources of calcium are milk and other dairy products, and that consuming these in substantial amounts on a daily basis is necessary to build strong bones. Women have been told that this is necessary to prevent bone fractures due to osteoporosis. But people in nations that have the highest dairy intake and the highest calcium intake have the highest osteoporosis-related fracture rates, not the lowest. Read full article »