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Community T H E D I SNEYW ORLD OF HE ALT H CARE T here are countless stories of chiropractors who first came into contact with the profession as athletes. After experiencing the benefits of chiropractic care they are inspired to join the profession. Once in practice, their passions for both athletics and chiropractic continue to grow. For many, the ultimate expression of these two passions is to join the health care team at multi-sport events, such as the Olympics, Special Olympics or the upcoming 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in Toronto. These three chiropractors share their insights from the frontlines of the “Disneyworld of Health Care.” D r. Glen Harris was involved in organized sports long before he graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in 1997. From there he went on to complete a residency with the Royal Chiropractors at Major Games Chiropractors have been members of the "host" health care services teams at: Olympic & Paralympic Games • Pan Am & Parapan Am Games • Commonwealth Games • 30 FALL 2014 College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada) (“RCCSS(C)”). He has been a contributing member of the health care team at many games, including the Ontario Summer Games, the Canadian Summer Games and the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver. “These health care environments are like no other I have had an opportunity to practice within,” Dr. Harris said describing the interprofessional nature of the games health care teams. These teams typically combine experts from several fields, including registered massage therapists, physiotherapists, medical doctors and, increasingly, chiropractors. “With the numerous allied health professionals available onsite, in combination with diagnostic and imaging within steps of the treatment room, an environment to practice health care, as it should be, is realized.” Another exciting part of working with athletes at the high performance level is seeing one’s care as a chiropractor realized rapidly and, occasionally, on television. “The athletes are grateful and it is the gratitude expressed by the athletes that is the most rewarding outcome,” Dr. Harris said. “You may be fortunate to watch the athlete compete at the venue, or on a television broadcast.” Dr. Harris is also deeply gratified by the opportunity to foster new relationships and demonstrate the impact of chiropractic in these environments. D r. Janice Drover, a CMCC trained chiropractor and RCCSS(C) fellow who lives and practices in St. John’s, Newfoundland, planned to be attending multi-sport events as a health care team member even before she began her chiropractic training. As a Human Kinetics student at the University of Ottawa, Dr. Drover worked with a mentor who was part of the Canadian medical team at the 1995 Pan Am Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina. “I had already decided that I would pursue the postgraduate Sports Sciences Residency program before I had even been accepted to the CMCC program,” Dr. Drover said. Dr. Drover’s experiences at multi-sport