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Keeping Team USA healthy

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Dr. Philip Snyder Dr. Philip Snyder

Keeping Olympians healthy is a full time job for more than five dozen people. Team USA sent more than 60 health professionals, including MDs, physical therapists, athletic trainers, massage therapists, and chiropractors, to Sochi.  Dr. Philip Snyder, a Tampa chiropractor, works with athletes everyday.

"They're training all day everyday," Snyder said. "They're putting their body through a lot of stress. It's not just big injuries, they get a lot of little injuries too and then call me."

Snyder says professional teams have added chiropractors to their staff. He even treats a former Team USA bobsledder.

"Most athletes are going to have similar injuries no matter what sport," Snyder said. "Most training backgrounds are  similar. They're working on a lot of speed work and strength so the hips, the knees, and the ankles have issues."

In his experience, Snyder says athletes have a much better idea of the extent of the injury, than a normal, everyday, person.

"They train so much. They're so in tune with their body they know when the littlest thing is giving them an issue."

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