Keeping Team USA healthy - WFLA News Channel 8

Keeping Team USA healthy

Posted: Updated:
Dr. Philip Snyder Dr. Philip Snyder
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

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."

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Bradenton apartment complex to be repaired after 8 On Your Side report

    Bradenton apartment complex to be repaired after 8 On Your Side report

    Friday, August 22 2014 3:06 PM EDT2014-08-22 19:06:47 GMT
    Last week, 8 on your side showed you some of the dilapidated conditions inside some units at the Townhouse Park Apartments in Bradenton.Tenants were having problems with mold and rodents.There was also water damage.
    Last week, 8 on your side showed you some of the dilapidated conditions inside some units at the Townhouse Park Apartments in Bradenton.Tenants were having problems with mold and rodents.There was also water damage.
  • 2.2 million bean bag chairs recalled after deaths

    2.2 million bean bag chairs recalled after deaths

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:01 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:01:24 GMT
    About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death. CPSC photoAbout 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death. CPSC photo
    About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death.
    About 2.2 million bean bag chairs are being recalled after two children opened them, crawled inside and suffocated to death.
  • TPD claims training stories fell short

    TPD claims training stories fell short

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:12:02 GMT
    The Tampa police department is responding to an 8 On Your Side investigation into a January shooting.The police contend the reports were incomplete and contained errors.The stories focused on a January 9th police shooting in Tampa and the lack of crisis intervention team training at T.P.D.
    The Tampa police department is responding to an 8 On Your Side investigation into a January shooting.The police contend the reports were incomplete and contained errors.The stories focused on a January 9th police shooting in Tampa and the lack of crisis intervention team training at T.P.D.
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.