The U.S. Olympic Committee sends a large and prestigious medical staff to every Olympics, and the group going to Atlanta will include dozens of doctors and trainers. Plus, one chiropractor.
Dr. Steve Horwitz of Silver Spring, Md., has been named the official chiropractor to the 1996 U.S. Olympic team, a position he calls “the biggest thrill of my career.”
Horwitz, 35, graduated from Cornell and later went to the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago. He says he “dabbled” in sports in college - baseball, marathoning - and has since become involved in powerlifting, bodybuilding and the martial arts.
He has been in private practice since 1988 and has worked on many of the athletes at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Horwitz applied for the Atlanta Olympics job in 1992, and eventually was one of two chiropractors selected to work on the 3,500 athletes at the Olympic Festival last summer.
Horwitz expects to arrive in Atlanta two weeks before the Games begin and will live right inside the Athletes Village to be available for midnight neck crackings and spine straightenings. “You’re basically on call all the time,” he says.
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