Usain Bolt has been declared the â€œfastest man in the world.â€ While this hasnâ€™t always been technically true, he has won so consistently at the 100 meter distance throughout his career that the nickname â€œlightning boltâ€ seems like a pretty good fit. He has won 6 Olympic gold medals, never placing for silver or bronze. In other world championships, he has collected 8 first place wins and 2 second place finishes. During his time competing In youth championships, he regularly took first place, rarely second, and never third.
For the tiny island nation of Jamaica, Usain Bolt is a hero. Heâ€™s confident. â€œI told you all I was going to be No. 1, and I did just that.â€ While heâ€™s a supremely confident competitor, heâ€™s also humble and cordial.
â€œManners is the key thing,â€ said Bolt. â€œSay, for instance, when youâ€™re growing up, youâ€™re walking down the street, youâ€™ve got to tell everybody good morning. Everybody. You canâ€™t pass one person.â€
But his success on the track and his international stardom has not come without challenges. As a young man, Bolt suffered from scoliosis.
â€œWhen I was younger, the scoliosis wasnâ€™t really a problem. But you grow and it gets worse. My spine was really curved bad. The early part of my career, when we didnâ€™t really know much about it, it really hampered me because I got injured every year.â€
Instead of using a brace or enduring dangerous surgery to correct the abnormal curvature of his spine, Usain Bolt used chiropractic treatments. â€œIâ€™ve worked hard over the years. Iâ€™ve been injured and Iâ€™ve worked hard through it, and Iâ€™ve made it.â€ Bolt uses chiropractic not only to bounce back more quickly from injuries, but also to enhance his performance while healthy. â€œAs long as Iâ€™m in great shape, nobody beats me, for sure.â€
Dr. Michael Douglas has worked with Bolt for many years. As founder of three South Florida Douglas Rapid Rehab Centers, he is also the Jamaican Olympic Teamâ€™s official chiropractor. He has held that position since 1996 and retains a certificate in Chiropractic Neurology. He combines traditional chiropractic techniques with sports injury rehabilitation to keep the Jamaican team in top condition.
Like all world champions, Usain Bolt realizes that his work is never done. â€œFor me, Iâ€™m focused on what I want to do. I know what I need to do to be a champion, so Iâ€™m working on it.â€ For Usain Bolt, chiropractic care has beenâ€”and continues to beâ€”an essential part of his overall strategy for remaining healthy and competing successfully.
Story Told.Â Athletes at the highest levels have understood for centuries how unencumbered motion is a paramount secret to their success.Â Today, the highest performing athletes are seeking out experts in bio-mechanical sciences to help keep their bodies performing at high levels thought the on and off season. Usain Bolt is another example of the type of athlete willing to seek out the best quality care in joint health.Â To reach the highest competitive levels it takes the teamwork of multiple sciences working in tandem to assist in these dreams. Orthopedist, Chiropractor, Physical Therapist and other related bio-mechanical sciences are collaborating for the betterment of Â simple dreams all the way to Olympic Dreams.
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