Dr. Kevin Rindal: My experience as an Olympic team chiropractor
Kevin Rindal, D.C., CCSP®, Davenport ’06, served as the official chiropractor for the 40-member USA Swimming team at the recent Summer Olympics in Rio. The multidisciplinary sports-care staff also included a medical doctor, two massage therapists, an athletic trainer and a sports psychologist.
Members of the medical support staff were selected based on the recommendations from USA Swimming coaches and athletes (and their feedback regarding care received at prior events), along with their respective levels of sports-care experience.
“Earning the appointment as USA Swimming’s team-chiropractor at the Summer ’16 Olympics ranks as the greatest honor of my professional career, and it was an absolute privilege to serve our swimmers for over a month (during the training camps and the Olympic games) as a member of the medical support staff,” said Dr. Rindal, one of six chiropractors in his family, and founder of InHealth Sports Injury and Performance in Seattle, where the practice staff includes his brother, Curt Rindal, D.C., West ‘12.
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.
“The multi-disciplinary medical staff was an exceptional group, and a great example of the effectiveness of collaboration and teamwork,” said Dr. Rindal, who also provided care for the team at the 2016 USA Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb., and has worked with USA Swimming since 2009.
Dr. Rindal’s Olympic experience was filled with many highlights, from participating in the opening ceremonies to meeting U.S. athletes from other sports, as well as athletes and support staff from other countries.
“Nothing compares to the Olympic games — walking into the stadium at the opening ceremonies was electric, and I felt a great deal of pride representing Team USA as a chiropractor,” said Dr. Rindal, whose other international USA Swimming events have included the FINA World Championships, the Pan Pacific Games, and the Pan American Games.
Regarding the role of chiropractic at the Olympics, Dr. Rindal commented, “It was very evident that 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 by their own sports-care staff.”