Keeping the New
York Police Department
its best has been a
passion for Victor
Dolan, D.C., Davenport
Island, N.Y., for the
past five years. Dr.
Dolan is the team
chiropractor for the NYPD Finest.
The relationship started when one of
the team trainers invited him to a
game. The team's quarterback had
been his patient during his high
school football career, and Dr. Dolan
ended up treating a knee injury he
received during the game.
"I understand there was some
controversy at a team meeting later
that week about the 'new guy' (me)
on the sidelines treating their star
quarterback," Dr. Dolan says. "But
my place on the team was solidified
when the trainer and player both
spoke out vociferously in my favor,
and in favor of having chiropractic
available to the players. I believe
I'm the first chiropractor officially
accepted onto their staff.
"I work hand-in-hand with the
M.D., P.T., A.T.C. and other trainers
on the sidelines, but I'm a 'chiropractic
missionary' and I do convey
the chiropractic message as appropriate,"
he says. "I think sports are
a great avenue to introduce or
enhance awareness of chiropractic
to the public."
The players and coaches love having
a chiropractor on the sidelines, Dr.
Dolan says. "Chiropractic is excellent
for the type of neuromusculoskeletal
trauma these athletes suffer, but the
players feel it helps them to play
better even when they have no complaint."
When they do have complaints,
it's typically neck and back
problems, but also just about any
joint or muscle injury.
Does he think working with the
team makes him a better chiropractor?
"I think working with any team in
any sport at any level makes us better
chiropractors," Dr. Dolan says. "You
may be alone on the sidelines providing
care, so you'd better know your
emergency procedures, how to properly
assess, when to return a player
to play, when to sit them and when
to call an ambulance."
Dr. Dolan at an NYPD Finest game.
He advises aspiring sports chiropractors
to continue their education,
whether it be as an EMT or continuing
through sports certification and diplomate
levels. Knowing how to triage
and refer to another provider, or being
able to help with taping, stretching or
preparing an ice bag is also important,
Even with all of those skills, Dr.
Dolan stresses that the most important
skill a chiropractor brings to a sports
team is the manual adjustment. "Spinal
and extremity adjustment is our hallmark,
our arena," he says. "Palmer
College gives us these skills! Be great at
adjusting the spine and extremities first,
then become a good overall manual
therapist, then add whatever skills you
can, such as taping."