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From the Past to the Present–Palmer Women Continue to Inspire

From the Past to the Present–Palmer Women Continue to Inspire

Winter 2016

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Dr. Rindal reflects on Rio Olympics experience

Palmer Davenport 2006 alumnus Kevin Rindal, D.C., CCSP®, served as the official team chiropractor for USA Swimming at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.

Dr. Rindal with U.S. Olympic swimming champion Allison Schmitt in Rio.
Dr. Rinal stands with arm around Allison Schmitt, holding her medal, with pool in background

Members of the medical support staff were selected based on the recommendations from USA Swimming coaches and athletes, along with their respective levels of sports-care experience. Dr. Rindal provided care for the team at the 2016 USA Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb., and has worked with USA Swimming since 2009.

“Earning the appointment as USA Swimming’s team chiropractor at the Summer ’16 Olympics ranks as the greatest honor of my professional career,” says Dr. Rindal, “and it was an absolute privilege to serve our U.S. swimmers for over a month as a member of the medical support staff.”

In a sport where hundredths of a second can mean the difference between winning or losing a race, Dr. Rindal took great pride in helping the men and women of Team USA win 33 medals in the 34 swimming events.

Regarding the role of chiropractic at the Olympics, Dr. Rindal says, “It was very evident that the U.S. athletes from multiple sports appreciate having access to chiropractic care. On a larger scale, it was very encouraging to see chiropractic incorporated into the scope of care provided for the athletes of so many other countries, in the polyclinic, and through services by their own sports care staff.”

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