COLUMBIA — Columbia chiropractor and MU graduate Aaron Rose is heading to London to support U.S. athletes at the 2012 Olympics.
Last May, the Maximized Living Sports Council, a Florida-based heath care group that works with the U.S. Olympic Committee, selected Rose to accompany U.S. Olympic athletes to London this summer.
Since 2009, Rose has been traveling to Colorado Springs, Colo., multiple times a year to assist members of the U.S. judo, weightlifting, wrestling and sitting volleyball teams with preparations for the upcoming Games.
When Rose began attending training for Olympic athletes, he was surprised by their eating habits.
"Everyone thinks top athletes means top nutrition, and you’d see on the sidelines a lot of Coca Colas and junk food and stuff like that," Rose said. "I don’t know how you can compete and expect to win gold if you don’t eat like a champion."
Rose and a team of about 50 Maximized Living doctors intervened with nutritional guidance and fitness programs to build strength and endurance. Their main priority is to prevent injuries that result from poor diet and improper conditioning.
"There is a large reactive approach to health care typically in America," Rose said. "People wait until they have a problem and then they take care of it."
Rather than using the traditional chiropractic approach that solely involves repairing neck and back issues, Rose focuses on all avenues of an athlete's health. Rose shifted the way he practices chiropractics when his son got sick.
"He had asthma, eczema, allergies, just all these different conditions that went from, 'he’ll grow out of it' to 'failure to thrive' in a very short period of time," Rose said.
In 2007, Rose took a new approach in handling his son’s health. He focused on nutrition and fitness as well as applying chiropractic adjustments to his spine.
"We were told he’d be medicated for life for all these things and just by working with the design of the body, we were actually able to restore it."
In less than a year, his son was disease free and off all medications. His recovery inspired Rose to change the how he treats his patients.
"It's a good idea to keep our health rather than have to fight to get it back," Rose said.
Rose will leave Aug. 2 to support the USA weightlifting team during the second week of the Olympics. He is optimistic about how he thinks the athletes will perform.
"I can guarantee we are going to win more golds," Rose said. "With what we’ve done and where their minds are at right now, I can see us going in there with that extra edge of endurance, stamina and strength in order to bust through and actually achieve it."