Wilkins chiropractor tabbed to help Olympic athletes train
A local chiropractor will get an opportunity to work with elite athletes and get a glimpse at training for the Winter Olympics as a volunteer health care provider.
“This is something I always wanted to do,” said Brent Shealer, who owns Shealer Chiropractic at 400 Penn Center Blvd. in Wilkins Township.
Shealer, 36, of Richland will travel to Lake Placid, N.Y., to work with the U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine staff as a volunteer for two weeks in late April.
He has served the east-suburban residents of Pittsburgh since 2003 and is a graduate of Penn State University and Sherman College in Spartanburg, S.C.
The U.S. Olympic Committee Sports Medicine volunteer program recruits chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists and other health care providers who have at least three years of experience to assist American athletes competing on an international level as part of Team USA each year.
“We're grateful for the support of our volunteer medical providers. As a privately financed nonprofit, we rely on the support of these generous and skilled men and women to ensure that Team USA has access to the best possible care,” U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Patrick Sandusky said.
Shealer practices as a general chiropractor, though, he said, he always has had an interest in sports medicine. Last year, he passed the certification test to practice as a sports chiropractor.
“I'm really looking forward to interacting with athletes and other professionals,” Shealer said. “I hope I can learn and better myself to serve people here.”
The Lake Placid complex is where some biathlon, bobsled, skeleton, figure skating, hockey, luge, ski, snowboard and speed-skating athletes train, according to Team USA's website.
Shealer said he thinks he'll be working with bobsledders, skeleton racers and luge racers.
“What I do enjoy about the Olympics is that you do get to see sports you don't typically watch,” Shealer said.
He said he's slightly nervous about working with elite athletes and because volunteers are also evaluated for potential job opportunities with Team USA.
“I'm very excited about it and a little nervous too,” Shealer said. “Elite athletes are very in tune with their bodies and know what's right and wrong.”
Kelsey Shea is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-320-7845 or firstname.lastname@example.org.