Dear Accolades Readers,
By the time you read this, the 2012 Olympic Games will be over, the winners determined, and the citizens of London resuming their normal lives. Hopefully you had time to watch some of the events and experience the sheer grit it takes to compete in the games, let alone be the one standing on the top pillar awaiting a gold medal.
I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA (southern San Diego County). Thanks to an informative presentation by one of the sport therapists, I was impressed with two things:
- The regimen of daily activities the resident Olympic hopefuls endure. Four hours of practice, two hours of strength and conditioning, an hour of rehabilitation, an hour of coaching. Add nutrition and psychology counseling sessions, eating and sleeping, there’s little time for personal enjoyment. These athletes are focused on one thing – improving their performance to be the best at their event.
- The team approach used to support the athletes. Chiropractors, physicians, physical and occupational therapists, acupuncturists and sport psychologists all worked in a unified and non-competitive manner. This team of health care professionals focuses on successes rather than failures. What an exciting model to consider for our health care system!
In this issue, you’ll have an opportunity to see some of our University Olympians. Yes, some of them are the athletic kind, but our University Olympians come in many forms– from successful clinicians, teachers, community servants, and scholars. Each of them has given time and persistence to improving their performance. I also suspect that many of them would admit their success was due to a team of people working together to achieve great accomplishments.
Not many of us can run 100 meters in under 10 seconds and very few of us could perform a perfect somersault on a balance beam, but all of us can strive for excellence. All of us can keep the Olympic spirit in our hearts.
Go for the Gold!
Wanda Nitsch, PT, PhD