Palmer graduate is part of Olympic history!

Stephen Press

Stephen Press, D.C., Ph.D., CCSP, graduated from Palmer's Davenport, Iowa campus in 1978. He took his passion for chiropractic and sports to a global level. In 1992, he served as the chief physician for the entire Soviet Olympic team during the Winter Games in Albertville, France.

How'd that happen?

In 1987, Press founded the Federation Internationale du Chiropractic Sportive (FICS). One year later, the FICS and Press traveled to Moscow, where he began a relationship with Russian athletes that would last for decades. He treated figure skater and Olympic gold Medalist Ekaterina Gordeeva for sciatica, helped raise a quarter of a million dollars to set up a chiropractic clinic in Moscow, and was presented a gold medal of his own - the Coach of Champions award. The rest is history.

dr-press-cares-for-ekaterina-gordeeva-1988"Thirty years ago, it was the dream of a chiropractor to go to the Olympics," said Dr. Press. "Today we have more openings for Olympic chiropractors than there are qualified chiropractors to fill them."

His tips for those who want to be sports chiropractors: "Get your CCSP certification. Sports chiropractic is a specialty, and you need to be on top of it. Volunteer at your local Little League and work your way up from the trenches."