Local doctor treats Olympians

Local doctor treats Olympic athletes.  (WDTN Photo)
Local doctor treats Olympic athletes. (WDTN Photo)

OAKWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – Dr. Patrick Prikkel is a chiropractor who treats patients every day.  But, he also treats Olympic athletes.

“Every year, I cover two to three races per season for Team USA bobsled and skeleton. In 2013, I was at the World Championships in Switzerland and then this fall, I was the chief medical staff for the Team Olympic trials in Park City, Utah,” says Dr. Prikkel.

He’s been working with USA Olympic Bobsled and Skeleton Team since 2010 after he signed up for the volunteer program.

“To get involved with Team USA, it’s an application process.  You have to have a certain number of credentials and athletic touches, if you would to apply, certain number of years as experience.  As well as athlete experience, working hand-in-hand with them,” explains Dr. Prikkel.

He says it’s the work he does with elite athletes here that got him a spot on the national team.

Dr. Prikkel says it’s a dream come true.

“Our practice has grown dramatically because of my involvement in the Olympic movement, so I’m very thankful for the opportunities I’ve had and the trust that people put in me,” he says.

Dr. Prikkel wasn’t one of the three doctors chosen to travel to Sochi for the Olympics, but he is an alternate if someone is forced to pull out.  He hopes to one day go to the actual games.

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