DCs at Vancouver Olympics and World Games
By Maria DiDanieli
May 19, Toronto, ON – More than 150 sports chiropractic specialists from throughout the world were in Montreal on Wednesday April 29 for the FICS Assembly and Symposium (Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport), and a dinner to toast and roast Dr. Tom Hyde of Miami, Florida.
Keynote speakers at the Symposium were Dr. Jack Taunton and Dr. Robert Armitage of Canada, Chief Medical Officer and Coordinator, Chiropractic Services for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games. They described the core medical services that will be available in Vancouver, which will include a team of approximately 40 doctors of chiropractic serving all athletes, other team officials, media and members of the public.
Another keynote speaker was Mr. Ron Froehlich, President, International World Games Association, confirming that a FICS team of 38 DCs will serve athletes at the World Games in Kaohsiung, Taiwan in July. The World Games, the largest and most important international games after the Olympics and organized under the auspices of the Olympic Movement, feature the sports awaiting inclusion in the Olympics – such as rhythmic gymnastics, archery, sumo wrestling and rugby sevens.
Froehlich, originally from South Africa and now living in the United States, is one of the chiropractic profession’s strongest supporters in the international sports administration world. He received a special FICS Honour Award from Dr. Alex Steinbrenner, FICS Secretary-General and chief liaison from FICS to the World Games.
The Symposium, hosted by the College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada) and sponsored by Life University and Palmer College of Chiropractic, also featured new original sports chiropractic research and clinical presentations from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and the USA.
The Tom Hyde Dinner, held to honour and roast Dr. Hyde at the time of his retirement from a distinguished career as a political leader in sports chiropractic, was hosted by his close friend Dr. Gordon Lawson of Toronto. Speakers included Dr. George Goodman, President, Logan College, Dr. Hyde’s alma mater, announcing a new Tom Hyde Scholarship and scholarship fund.
For more information on FICS go to http://www.fics-sport.org.