Team Chiropractor at World Championship in Japan
By Maria DiDanieli
June 12, Vancouver, BC – Vancouver DC, Dr. Stephen
Mogatas, will be attending the 2012 World Ultimate and Guts Championships in Japan as Canada’s first-time-ever team
From July 7-14, the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) 2012
World Ultimate and Guts Championships (WUGC) will be hosted in Sakai,
Osaka by the
Japan Flying Disc Association. The international event is held every four years
and 24 countries are registered to compete for the coveted gold medals in the
Open (Mens), Womens, Mixed, and Masters divisions.
Team Canada Open are currently ranked number one in the world
and are the 1998, 2004, and 2008 World Champions. This year’s roster is
composed of elite players from across Canada
and based on the Vancouver
club team Furious George, who won the 2011 Canadian Ultimate Championships.
Last spring, Dr. Stephen Mogatas attended the Team Canada Open
tryouts in Vancouver, BC.
He acted as Sports First Responder and provided care for acute injuries
on the field. At his clinic Jointworks
Chiropractic, Dr. Mogatas continued to monitor the neuromusculoskeletal health
of the players and provided manual therapy including ART and Graston Technique
in combination with sports rehabilitation. Since then, Jointworks Chiropractic
has quickly risen as the top choice for ultimate players in Vancouver’s Lower Mainland for manual therapy
and sports rehabilitation.
After building a strong relationship with the team and demonstrating
proficiency in diagnostics and manual therapy, Dr. Mogatas was invited to
attend the WFDF 2012 WUGC as the official team chiropractor for Team Canada
Open. This will be the first time a chiropractor will officially travel with
Team Canada Open to the world championships.
Ultimate is a fast-paced sport that requires agility, speed,
stamina, and strength. Players are required to sprint, cut, leap or layout in
order to catch the flying disc, and tend to draw a great deal of incidental
contact with their opponents. The goal
as Team Chiropractor is to manage acute and ongoing injuries so the team can
compete at an optimal level.
Sportsmanship is referred to as Spirit in the ultimate community
and it is a vital component of the game.
Competition aside, the WUGC 2012 is aiming to support victims of Japan’s
earthquake and tsunami disaster. The
games also aim to build stronger international relationships between countries.
This outlook is a true testament to the spirit of the game and nature of the
ultimate experience. For more information the WUGC 2012 event, please visit http://wugc2012.org.