If you’ve turned on your T.V. in the past couple of weeks, then there’s no doubt that you have seen snow, athletes, and medals. The Sochi Olympics are in full force and Olympians are some of the most elite athletes in the world.
Of course, these athletes stay in tiptop shape through intense training and strict diets, but some of them have found an extra edge—-they use East Asian medicine to maintain their health and stamina. Whether a slopestyle competitor from Canada or a high jumper from London, Olympians turn to holistic medicine to achieve an ideal level of fitness.
Take a look at this list of five Olympic athletes (past and present) who choose acupuncture to go for the gold:
Mcmorris is this year’s slopestyle bronze medalist. In the weeks leading up to Sochi, he broke a rib at the X-games. In an attempt to alleviate his pain, Mcmorris began receiving acupuncture treatments. Through a steady regime of acupuncture, pool training, gym training, and massages, he was able to recuperate and get to a point where only hard landings caused him discomfort.
Dee Dee Trotter-
Trotter competed in the 2012 Olympics and walked away with a bronze medal for the 400-meter run. A true believer in acupuncture, she brought her hometown acupuncturist along with her while competing for an Olympic medal.
In 2008, Jian won China’s first Olympic sailing gold medal. As a competitive windsurfer, she has experienced a number of injuries that have affected her waist, shoulder, legs and feet. Every night after racing in the Olympic games, Jian would have acupuncture and massage treatments for muscle tension and strains.
The London Olympics marked Acuff’s fifth year as a USA high jump competitor in the Olympics. Not only is she a talented athlete, she is also a licensed acupuncturist in Austin, Texas. Acuff credits acupuncture for helping her with injury prevention and recovery.
Daniel Kowalski -
Having received gold, silver, and bronze medals in swimming, Kowalski is an acupuncture enthusiast. He says acupuncture has worked magic on his body, sleep habits, and overall well-being. Hear about his experience in his own words: Kowalski explains the integration of Chinese medicine into his athletic regimen in one of his own videos.
Acupuncture and athletes go together like peas and carrots!