5, 2019 -- For Jonathan Wilhelm, DC ’04, MS ‘12, CCSP, CSCS, CCEP,
ICSC, working with athletes is the perfect expression of being a sports
chiropractor – he gets to apply his work to the “finest human machines” and
receive immediate feedback from the most finely tuned and specialized athletic
individuals on the planet. Furthermore, sports chiropractic has given him
experiences he will never forget and friendships that will last a lifetime.
This summer, Dr. Wilhelm’s profession took him around the
world where he, along with a team of healthcare professionals, served the most
In Tortosa, Spain, Dr. Wilhelm was one of 22 chiropractors
from around the world who were chosen by the International Federation of Sports
Chiropractors (FICS) to work at the CSIT
World Sports Games – an international sporting event that
occurs every two years and includes up to 8,000 participants across various
Similarly, he was one of three sports chiropractors who
received a special invite to travel to the USA Track and Field National
Championships held in July in Des Moines, Iowa. He, along with other local sports
chiropractors and massage therapists, provided recovery and performance care to
approximately 500 competing athletes.
These were the top professional, collegiate and amateur track and field
athletes in the United States, competing for their spot on the US National
At the USA Gymnastics National Championships in Kansas City,
Missouri, Dr. Wilhelm led the Athlete Recovery Center, where physical
therapists, certified athletic trainers, medical doctors and himself provided
recovery and performance therapy to all of the athletes. “While I was the only
sports chiropractor to work this event, that’s something I hope to change in
the future by providing skilled, professional work and in turn educating the
other members of the medical team on the qualifications and quality of service
provided by sports chiropractors,” he said.
With the Summer Olympic Games coming up in Tokyo in 2020, Dr.
Wilhelm said national championships prior to an Olympic year are quite
important, as the top athletes in America gather to compete for spots on the
national team, which can have big implications on who is chosen for the Olympic
team. This, he said, makes his role in providing care even more critical.
“It is both a great honor, and so much fun,” Dr. Wilhelm said
of his experience working with elite athletes in these settings. “The
honor comes in helping athletes who have dedicated their lives to competing for
our country under the stars and stripes. In a small way, this is how I get
to represent my country, behind the scenes, helping these athletes achieve.
“The fun comes in two
ways: Working together with, and learning from, the other members of the
medical team, and in building rapport and trust with athletes throughout the
competition as they return for treatment and advice, eventually seeing the
results of your combined work in their competitive results.”
Wilhelm is the owner of Pro Chiropractic, which has locations in Bozeman and
Belgrade, Montana. Pro Chiropractic specializes in sports medicine, spinal
injury and family care. He was also named the 2018 Sports Chiropractor
of the Year by the American Chiropractic Association Sports Council.