Treating the Elite: Logan Alum Prepares Athletes for Olympic Games

September 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 elite athletes.

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 competitive sports.

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 Team.

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.”

Dr. 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. 

Dr. Jonathan Wilhelm Named Sports Chiropractor of the Year

January 4, 2019 -- Congratulations to Jonathan Wilhelm, DC, MS, CCSP, CCEP, CSCS, ICSSD (2004) who was honored as the 2018 Sports Chiropractor of the Year by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) Sports Council. Dr. Wilhelm, owner of Pro Chiropractic in Bozeman, Montana, was honored during the annual symposium of the ACA Sports Council.

“I am so surprised and grateful to have been recognized by my peers in this way,” said Dr. Wilhelm in a press release from Pro Chiropractic. “I love helping athletes achieve, and to be recognized for doing something I so genuinely enjoy is really something special. This award tells me is that I have represented sports chiropractic well and I hope to empower others to do so moving forward.”

Dr. Wilhelm has worked with competitive Olympic, college, and professional athletes as well as local high school and youth athletes experiencing sports-related pain or lack of performance. During his career, Dr. Wilhelm has served USA Bobsled Skeleton and USA Gymnastics as the Traveling and Event Team Sports Chiropractor.  In February 2018, he became one of a select few sports chiropractors to serve the U.S. Olympic Team in Pyeongchang, South Korea, at the XXIII Winter Olympic Games.

Logan graduate Dr. Jonathan Wilhelm has successful season working with USA Bobsled & Skeleton

Dr. Jonathan Wilhelm, a 2004 Doctor of Chiropractic and a 2012 Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation graduate, recently completed a fulfilling 2016-2017 season serving as the team chiropractor for the USA Bobsled & Skeleton (USABS) national team. Dr. Wilhelm traveled and worked with USABS in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Germany, Austria and South Korea, helping each athlete recover while optimizing their performance.

Team USA Bobsled & Skeleton raced to 69 total medals across six bobsled and skeleton tours during the 2016-17 season.

"I am so proud to serve such a great organization and group of athletes as part of a multi-disciplinary medical team," said Dr. Wilhelm. "USA Bobsled & Skeleton has been so good to me and I work hard every day on tour to give them my finest so these athletes can perform at their very best."

Dr. 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. 

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