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Michael Weinman, D.C., Davenport ’85

New England Revolution Forward Taylor Twellman, left, with Dr. Michael Weinman, team chiropractor for the Revolution and the Boston Red Sox. Mr. Twellman was named Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player in 2005 and was an alternate selection to the United State’s 2006 FIFA World Cup squad.
Taylor Twellman and Dr. Michael Weinman

STATS: Team chiropractor for Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution (2000-present) and Major League Baseball’s Boston Red Sox (2005-present)

How long have you been a sports chiropractor? Almost 22 years. I did a lot of sports chiropractic work while still at Palmer. I also attended many seminars through Dr. Mitch Mally in Davenport and interned in his office. This is my eighth year with the Revolution and my third season as the Boston Red Sox team chiropractor.

How did you become the team chiropractor for the Revolution? I had been asked to do some drug screenings for Major League Soccer on New England Revolution players and began attending practices as well as interacting with their trainers, staff and players. I also began seeing their coach/star goalie in my office for treatment. At the end of the season, their general manager asked me to consider being their team chiropractor the next season so that they could provide the players with all the necessary tools to stay healthy.

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And the Red Sox? Having worked with the Revolution for many years, I had the pleasure to work with some wonderful orthopedic surgeons who were also team doctors of the New England Patriots. One of them became the team doctor for the Boston Red Sox and asked me to join him as their chiropractor.

How is caring for athletes different than caring for traditional patients? The athletes I see are all very well conditioned, and they have a desire to do whatever it takes to get well as quickly as possible. Being a sports chiropractor also means having access to some of the greatest minds in training, physical therapy and rehab, as well as a wonderful and very knowledgeable team of medical doctors.

What do you like about being a team chiropractor? Being part of a team—as a team member on the medical staff and playing a role in helping the players perform at their best on the field.

How did Palmer prepare you for where you are today? Palmer was the foundation for the rest of my learning.

What have you been able to take away from being a sports chiropractor? When we all work together, the players and the team benefit.

How to kick off a career in sports chiropractic:
Dr. Weinman belongs to the Chiropractic Association for the Care of the Elite and Professional Athlete, which promotes the inclusion of chiropractic care within collegiate and professional sports organizations. He also has Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician certification and is on the American Chiropractic Association Sports Council.

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