American Football Continues to Grow…and the Chiropractic Opportunity Grows With It

Not everything happens by chance – or does it? I had the opportunity to present at the ACA Sports Council Conference in New Orleans in October 2016. Besides learning and sharing, I met some dedicated sports chiropractors from the Federación Mexicana de Quiropráctica Deportiva who were looking to learn more, especially when it comes to American football. They had asked if I would consider coming to speak in Mexico City in the future.

Four months later, I found myself in Mexico City, speaking to both chiropractors and chiropractic students at the Comisión Nacional de Cultura Física y Deporte (National Commission of Physical Culture and Sport). The conference was titled, “Futbol vs. Football” or “Soccer vs. American Football.” While I spoke on American Football, Oscar O. Otero, DC, the chiropractor for the Puerto Rico National Soccer team, spoke on soccer.

The topics we covered included:

  • Concussions
  • Typical injuries common to each sport
  • How chiropractic care fits into both

In addition to myself and Dr. Otero, the panel also included:

  • Gerardo Castorena, MD, medical representative to the NFL in Mexico
  • Fabrizio Mancini, DC, one of the most engaging and motivating speakers our great profession has to offer

The classes I taught were extremely well received and very interactive. Having a real-time interpreter right there made my delivery easier – there was no delay in laughing at bad jokes – and I could understand questions asked and the other presenters (all of whom spoke in Spanish). I didn’t realize it at the time, but in addition to the DCs and students in attendance, the audience also included medical team leaders, as well as team owners and general managers for some of the American football teams in Mexico. During the breaks, we had great discussions on the information being taught and the inclusion of chiropractic care in the medical team already assembled. It immediately created opportunities for some of the doctors of chiropractic in attendance (who actually started work that weekend). It even generated some soccer team opportunities.

I cannot tell you how fulfilling it was to help this relatively new profession in Mexico (with four new chiropractic colleges) break into the sports medicine world. It was all about sharing information, documentation and communication.

A great big shout out goes to the board of the Federación for all their foresight and hard work in not only making the event happen, but in making it an overwhelming success. On a side note, it was great to share the experiences in Mexico City (as well as the great food) with my wife and new colleagues. We had the opportunity to be hosted for an authentic Mexican dinner by one of the board members. (Over the top!!!) Loved the learning and sharing… and Mexican home cooking. Looking forward to a return soon.

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Ed. Note: MeyerDC and DC Aligned would like to congratulate Dr. Alan Sokoloff on being elected the new president of the Professional Football Chiropractic Society.

If you’d like to see Dr. Sokoloff in person, you can periodically his DC Aligned bio page to see the dates and locations of chiropractic events where he’ll be on hand at the MeyerDC booth.


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