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The Aligned Athlete - Streaming Rental

The Aligned Athlete - Streaming Rental
The Aligned Athlete - Streaming Rental

The Aligned Athlete - Streaming Rental


The Aligned Athlete is stunning new documentary about world class athletes, and how they achieve better performance with chiropractic care.  

The film looks back to the history of pioneers in track and field obtaining chiropractic care before their record breaking performances, and brings us forward to the profession’s involvement in treating gold medal winning OlympiansBefore the 1970’s, chiropractic was a method of treatment unknown or misunderstood by the public and professional athletes. The profession was criticized and slandered as “quackery” by the medical profession.  The incorporation of chiropractic in sports, specifically in track and field, over the protests of medical doctors, changed the perception of Doctors of Chiropractic and chiropractic treatment.  Chiropractic is now a leading form of treatment for competitive athletes at every level.  As a non-drug and non-surgical treatment method, chiropractic care allows athletes to unleash their full potential against their competitors, and extend their careers.

The Aligned Athlete reveals how NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain’s sponsorship of women’s sports in the 1970s revolutionized health care in international sports.  The change started in the 1970s when Dr. LeRoy Perry, D.C. was consulted by La Jolla Women's Track Club coach Tracy Sundlun, and sponsored by Chamberlain.  The film follows Dr. Perry’s rapid ascent as a doctor of choice for Olympic athletes and celebrities, helping put chiropractic in the Olympic spotlight starting at the 1976 Olympics.

The increased demand for chiropractic at track and field competitions resulted in Dr. Richard Gorman, D.C. getting chiropractic into the biggest annual track and field meet in the world – Nike’s Prefontaine Classic. In 1985 when Prefontaine Meet Director Tom Jordan hired Dr. Gorman as a doctor at the event, it opened the door for chiropractic at track and field competitions across the world. “You go to the World Championships, the Olympic Games, there are chiropractors working there and it all started, I believe, with the Prefontaine Classic,” said Tom Jordan in his 35th year as the meet director. The film follows Dr. Gorman as he treats athletes at the Olympic trials and Olympic Games, including the 1996 games in Atlanta.  During that time international media documented his treatment of Dan O’Brien, who won the decathlon gold medal that year. O’Brien, who is prominent in The Aligned Athlete, says  “if it were not for chiropractic, I would not have won the gold medal.”  This is reinforced by Gold Medalist Justin Gatlin; "a chiropractor is the last person I see before going on the track." Gatlin notes that his 18 year career competing at the World Championships and Olympics in the 60m, 100m and 200m is directly attributable to having chiropractic care. He is the most decorated 100m sprinter of all time due to his high level of performance over an extended career.

The film shows elite athletes Wilt Chamberlain, Dwight Stones, Mary Decker Slaney, Justin Gatlin, Sam KendricksOmar McLeod, LaShawn Meritt, Dwight Phillips, Kristi Castlin, Aries Merritt being treated and competing after chiropractic care.

The Aligned Athlete shows how chiropractic is now a central part of athletics at every level of competition. While chiropractors treat prominent professional athletes in football, soccer, basketball, baseball and other sports, including everyone from Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, Michael Phelps and Cristiano Ronaldo, track and field continues to be arguably the best example of showing how effective chiropractic treatment is on performance. As discussed in interviews throughout the film, chiropractic treatment results in track and field are measured in meters, inches, and seconds. Many athletes in the film discuss how chiropractic care allows them to compete at a world class level many years after others of the same age have retired.  More importantly, though, one can see how chiropractic can improve not only the health and life of athletes, but all people. It demonstrates how non-drug, non-surgical chiropractic treatment enhances performance even at the highest levels regardless of your sport, professional or personal goals.

This is a three day rental for the film, intended for athletes, coaches, or members of the public.  If you wish to own the film, it is available in streaming, Blu Ray or DVD formats here.

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The Aligned Athlete is distributed for Garden Way Productions and Number 30 Films, through a cooperative deal with Trial Guides.  Trial Guides has no ownership interest in the film.