An article appearing on the Market Watch on October 2, 2008 by the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress highlighted the role chiropractic played in helping the US water polo team bring home a silver medal. The US team were underdogs and attribute much of their success to chiropractic.
Dr. Terry Schroeder is the coach of the US Olympic water polo team. He was also the captain and medal winner for the US in the 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympics. He is also a chiropractor and uses his professional abilities both as a coach and a chiropractor to help his team excel. Schroeder was such an amazing athlete himself, that his body was used as the model for the male bronze statue in front of the LA Coliseum.
Merrill Moses is the current goal keeper for the U.S.A. Men’s Water Polo team. In the article, he gives the chiropractic care he received from his coach/chiropractor, Dr. Schroeder much of the credit for the team’s ability to perform. He stated, “I can honestly say that without chiropractic, many Olympic athletes would not be able to perform to their potential. We take such a pounding on our bodies, especially in water polo, because it’s a contact sport. I like to get a chiropractic adjustment everyday just to keep my body healthy.”
In addition to Dr. Schroeder, there were also four practicing Olympic Committee team chiropractors in the Olympic Village caring for the various athletes. Schroeder was inducted into the U.S.A. Water Polo Hall of Fame in 1998. The article notes that he is credited for turning this team around by encouraging teamwork and vigorous training only months prior to the Beijing Olympic Games.
Schroeder drew on both his professional chiropractic knowledge as well as his experience as a two-time Olympic silver medalist and team captain in water polo. “Athletes know that the difference between winning and losing can be a matter of fractions,” says Schroeder. “When looking for that edge, chiropractic often makes all the difference.” He concluded, “I believe that chiropractic is going to continue to be of growing importance in the Olympic world.”
Dr. Schroeder has also been a career role model for Moses the current team goal keeper. The article notes that he plans to follow in his coach’s footsteps by attending chiropractic college and earning his Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree.