As Team USA heads home from the 2012 London Olympics, so does one Naples chiropractor who aided our athletes in bringing home gold. Dr. Cade Copeland and his wife Kristen, have just returned to their practice after adjusting athletes from USA Wrestling. Dr. Copeland joined nearly 100 chiropractors from Maximized Living, an international approach to chiropractic care which focuses on uniformity and has been adopted by USA Wrestling, Judo and Weightlifting.
“Pretty close to 100 doctors went, which has never been done before,” explains Dr. Copeland. “Some of the doctors we worked with have been with the US wrestling team for the last 15 years, since the Atlanta Olympics. But this has never been done before, to have this many doctors that are certified to work with these Olympic teams throughout the last four years in preparation for the biggest competition in the world.”
Preparation comes in many forms when adhering to the Maximized Living philosophy which encourages athletes to adhere to the five basic essentials for a complete, healthy lifestyle. This includes regular chiropractic care, a healthy mindset, nutrition, exercise and detox. To Dr. Copeland, the fact that women’s Judo brought home their first ever gold andthat men’s freestyle wrestling took home two golds in their best performance since 1996, is proof that “what we do works. It’s brought about a new confidence in the principal of Olympic care. The Olympics is such a cool celebration of human performance at its best. It’s everybody coming together, training to be the best and Maximized Living has a proven track record now that it works.”
“We’ve been doing it long enough that the results are actually seen,” adds Kristen. “It’s not just a belief system anymore, there’s actual results.”
Kayla Harrison, who took home the gold in women’s Judo has been working with Maximized Living doctors for over two years. Dr. Copeland and Kristen had a chance to not only meet her, but hold her prized medal. “She was so thankful afterwards that she spoke to our whole group of doctors saying how grateful she was for our support. To have that affirmation from Olympic athletes and how they understand what we do and how important it is for their body and their performance, that took it to a whole new level for me.”
Since opening LifeStrength Family Chiropractic two years ago, the Copeland’s have been sharing the MaximizedLiving philosophy with their Naples patients. The success of the US Olympians opting for Maximized Living has brought high hopes that even more Southwest Floridians will adopt this lifestyle. “The coolest thing is that people don’t always understand what chiropractic is all about, but now with the credibility that we have, people are calling us and asking for that type of care. They don’t want to wait until they get sick or get cancer or high blood pressure, they want to do something about it now and make sure that they never get sick. And for those that are sick, the tools that we have can get them healthy and keep them there. They see that if it’s good enough for Team USA, then it’s good enough for them.”
Just as the returning Olympians are back in training mode and practicing the five essentials, the Copeland’s are also prepping for the 2016 games. “We’ll be traveling in the next few months to continue to support the Maximized Living athletes,” states Dr. Copeland. “I’m fired up about it! I just can’t imagine doing anything different,” he adds. “I’m ready for Rio!”