Olympian and Chiropractic student aims for the 2018 Winter Games

M. Seun Adigun: My Life & Chiropractic

I am blessed to have spent several years growing in sports on many levels. Although I started as a “late bloomer” high school athlete, I progressed to becoming an NCAA Division I All-American hurdler and later competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics. I eventually combined all my athletic experiences and became an NCAA and professional coach.

Throughout my athletic years, I had the honor of being treated by different types of doctors, and the one that constantly kept me in position to be the best athlete was the Doctor of Chiropractic.

I often received various forms of musculoskeletal care before and after my athletic competitions. In my experience, chiropractors have always been “doctors of cause” and they took the time to truly unravel the musculoskeletal problems I was facing. I had received outstanding, life- changing care from Medical Doctors in my career; however, I know I wouldn’t have been able to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games without the constant treatment and patient education I received from the chiropractor.

As outstanding as it was to experience being a 2012 Summer Olympian, I fell short of fulfilling my athletic ambition. So in July of 2015 I began a journey to another Olympic Games – the 2018 Winter Olympics. I tried out and was selected to compete as a brakeman on the USA Women’s Bobsled team in August of 2015. After completing my rookie season, I knew that my participation in the sport had grown to be greater than me. I learned that the sport was looking to expand and needed more women’s teams. I also learned that the sport of bobsled never had participation by men or women from any country in Africa.

With my background as a Nigerian Olympian, I felt compelled to help the sport of bobsledding grow and to create an historic opportunity for the country of Nigeria and continent of Africa. In the summer 2016, I decided to pioneer this movement as a bobsleigh driver, and created the first ever Nigerian Women’s Bobsled Team. Presently, my teammates and I are on pace to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Concurrently, I am completing a dual degree program for a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Texas Chiropractic College and a Master’s of Science in Exercise Health – Sports Science from University of Houston – Clearlake. Prior to this, I attained a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science – Health Professions, with a minor in Psychology and an M.Ed. in Physical Education – Motor Behavior; both from the University of Houston.

In May 2015, I was awarded the FICS – Atlanta 1996 World Olympian Scholarship to cover tuition costs for the final half of my chiropractic degree. It was truly a blessing to receive this prestigious award recognizing Olympians in the profession. Over the years, I have been able to build national and international networks with notable individuals and companies, which I plan to utilize in every way to bring a positive impact to chiropractic. I want to promote healthy patient outcomes in thousands of athletes around the world and to expand the credibility of chiropractic care within the genre of medicine. I plan to do this by fostering an atmosphere of patience, dedication, collaborative minds, and integrated practices.

Chiropractic is more than just a word and far more than just a profession – it is the keystone to revolutionizing sports medicine. As an aspiring sports doctor of chiropractic, I will constantly utilize my knowledge as an anatomist to truly understand the underlying effects of every medical problem that I address. As more research continues to point out the benefits of chiropractic care, more athletes are realizing that the root of their problems lies in the anatomy, biomechanics, and physiology of their day-to-day operations. It is through chiropractic care that the concept of “pre-habilitation” can not only address pre-existing injuries, but also prevent the onset of new ones.

It has been my motto that it is not always the most talented athlete who finishes on top, but the healthiest. All too often the best athletes in their respective sports are benched and placed on “Injured Reserve” when it matters most because of an injury that could have been prevented. Many of the chronic injury issues within the sports world came about because of musculoskeletal or biomechanical issues that were either overlooked or not fully investigated to determine the root cause. The key to being able to advance sports medicine protocols lies within the practices and knowledge base of chiropractors. It is this profession that will unleash the blueprint of how to keep athletes healthy.

Alongside my passion for chiropractic advancements, I will continue to build a positive brand for myself and will network with as many people and companies as possible. I sincerely take pride in being a female athlete and look to empower more women in athletics. I frequently mentor NCAA Division I women’s sports teams and post-collegiate athletes, and I look forward to continuing that in the future.

During my free time, I enjoy volunteering with younger athletes in various sports to help instill self-discipline and perseverance in those who have not yet realized their strengths. My goal is to provide a positive influence for all who live in “fear of the unknown.” I hope to demonstrate how crucial it is to take a leap of faith and to adopt the motto that “impossible is nothing.”

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