As we approach the start of the 2012 Olympic Games, 27 July - 12 August, the osteopathic profession continues to have an impact on the Olympics. Osteopathic physicians and osteopaths have lent their skills to athletes from around the world for more than 100 years and will continue to do so at the London Games.
More than 100 osteopathic physicians and osteopaths have provided care to Olympians, serving as health care providers to individual athletes and teams leading up to and during the Games. Also for the first time 26 osteopaths have been selected to be part of the Central Medical Team in the Athlete's Village itself.
Members of the Osteopathic International Alliance (OIA) provide care for athletes and athletic teams from eight countries across North and South America, Europe and Australasia. Care is provided in more than forty different sports, from football to swimming, judo to figure skating, basketball and triathlons, as well as rhythm gymnastics, tennis, rowing and skiing, among many, many others.
In addition to providing medical care, many osteopaths and osteopathic physicians provide leadership on numerous Olympic committees providing oversight of operations, logistics and personnel. Athletes treated by osteopathic practitioners have most recently won medals in the 1992, 1994, 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Games.
The OIA is the primary international organisation entrusted by the osteopathic profession to work for global osteopathic unity and to advocate for high quality osteopathic health care.
The OIA advances the philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine and osteopathy worldwide, through its sixty-eight organizational members representing more than 110,000 osteopathic practitioners through institutions in twenty-seven countries on five continents.
Osteopathic medicine/osteopathy is a patient centered holistic approach to health care that recognizes the importance of the relationship between the structure of the body and the way it functions. Osteopathic physicians and osteopaths use palpation and manual techniques to influence muscles, joints, nerves, connective tissue, circulation and internal organs to support the body’s ability to restore and maintain health.
Learn more about the osteopathic profession and the OIA at www.oialliance.org.