Carlo Guadagno, DC, DACBSP®, ICSC, FICC, a National University of Health Sciences’ Florida faculty member, was recently in Santiago, Chile for the 19th edition of the Pan American Games, serving the elite athletes of Team USA as a volunteer chiropractor with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) medical staff.
About 6,800 of the best athletes in the world competed across 38 sports during the Games from Oct. 20 – Nov. 5 in order to qualify for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympics. Team USA earned a total of 286 medals, including 124 gold, 75 silver and 87 bronze.
Dr. Guadagno shared details about his experience along with a few photos in the latest quarterly newsletter for the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS).
“The Pan Am Games were incredibly successful for Team USA,” he wrote in the newsletter. “Our job was to keep our athletes healthy and ready to compete.”
Some of the most common injuries were in the hip, shoulder and lower back. The most common illnesses were allergic rhinitis, upper respiratory infection and nasopharyngitis.