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COVER STORY / The Patient-Centred Team ROBERT BUREN’S ARM-POWERED COMPETITIONS NORTH AMERICA Buckhorn Niagara Caledon Collingwood Wasaga Beach Oakville Hamilton Ottawa Toronto New York, NY Welland 1st Los Angeles, CA Oceanside, CA Bermuda Toronto, ON Conquer Cancer Ride (Toronto to Niagara) June 2009 June 2010 Ottawa, ON Fall Colours Half Marathon (45:10) October 2009 Bermuda Bermuda Triangle Challenge January 2010 Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Marathon (2:50) March 2010 Oakvile, ON Mercedes Benz 10k (35:24) April 2010 Buckhorn, ON Zoot Sandy Lake 2k Swim May 2010 12 SPRING/SUMMER 2013 Caledon, ON 24 Hour Summer Solstice Team Mountain Bike Race Niagara, ON Subaru Niagara Duathlon (1:42) August 2010 Wasaga Beach, ON Wasaga Olympic Distance Triathlon (3:08) September 2010 Hamilton, ON Around The Bay Road Race, Hamilton (2:03) March 2011 Binbrook Sprint Distance Triathlon (2:01) June 2012 Oakville, ON 160km Bike Ride (Oakville to Welland to Oakville) September 2011 200 km Bike Ride (Oakville to Niagara Falls to Oakville) October 2012 New York City, NY New York City Half Marathon (1:09) March 2012 Welland, ON (First Place) Welland Half Ironman Distance Triathlon (5:22) June 2012 Ottawa, ON National Capital Sprint Distance Triathlon (1:26) August 2012 Collingwood, ON Centurion Cycling C25 (25 miles) Cycling Race (1:16) September 2012 Oceanside, CA Oceanside California Ironman 70.3 (6:05) March 2013 of athletes known as the “functional” approach. Under this approach, chiropractors focus on optimizing the functionality of the kinetic chain most relevant to an athlete’s particular sport. For example, knee dysfunction in a marathoner may be the result of hip or ankle misalignment or injury. Applying the functional approach in conjunction with patient dialogue can be a powerful therapeutic tool. RMT Leah Karges is a proponent of this collaborative and focussed approach. During most visits to Your Health Wellness Centre, Robert receives his chiropractic treatments prior to 90 minutes of massage therapy. Karges will typically sit in on Robert’s chiropractic treatments. This allows her to become familiar with any changes in Robert’s health history. It is also common for Dr. Smith to check back in with Robert and Karges at the end of their session to determine if any additional adjustments are necessary. Open lines of communication also allow chiropractors to modulate their treatment based on the competition schedule of their patients. “When we are treating our athletic patients close to their competitions or games we adjust our treatment accordingly,” Dr. Smith explained. “For visits that may be just before a race or competition day we are not looking to make major changes to structures. We focus on maintenance treatments and addressing circulatory issues.” Karges agrees with this approach. “I treat Rob differently depending on the proximity of the next event as well as the condition of his body,” she said. “Closer to the event our treatment goals involve maintaining tissue health and decreasing daily pain.” The flip side of that coin is that