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Olympic Blog: Chiropractor Dr. Alex Keith
Dr. Alex Keith is a Florida-based chiropractor and a former race director. He’s worked with the USA Triathlon National Team Program as a chiropractor for the past 12 years. Throughout the course of the Olympic Games, you'll hear from the athletes and staff of the U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team here at usatriathlon.org.
LONDON — Working with a group like this is the epitome of the sports chiropractic profession. Every bit of it has been a dream.
I’ve been racing triathlons for 18 years and to be able to hangout with these guys had me star struck at first. The group has been great. I work with several different groups, but what I admire most about the triathletes is their passion.I was introduced to USA Triathlon through Greg and Laura Bennett. Greg had almost retired at the time with his foot injury. We helped him back from that, and he won the Life Time Series that year.
My whole life has been based around triathlon since I started my professional career as a chiropractor. I’ve also been involved with the sport as the race director of the Loggerhead Triathlon, the oldest sprint triathlon in Florida, and ran a triathlon club.
When I started with the Loggerhead, we had about 135 athletes racing and by the time I was done with it we had 1,000 athletes and would sell out 10 weeks early. The growth of the sport has been dramatic.
I got into this whole thing for a marketing purpose. I took my table to a race, set it up to get my name out in the community and I saw people of all types crossing the finish line. I said, ‘I gotta try this.’
Then it just took off, and one thing led to another. I started running these races and I needed to know more about how to coach and put on races so I did a couple levels of certification and met different people within the sport.
And I never would have seen the world like this without working with this group.
The 2008 Beijing Games were epic. You go into that atmosphere and your eyes are wide open. You’re just trying to do everything you can to help the team out. I was off-the-charts happy. I’m finding myself on the field of play at an Olympic Games, and you just find yourself wondering how you got there.
I’ve had the benefit of working with a number of professional athletes, and I never would have gotten my gig touring with Jimmy Buffet as a chiropractor if it were not for this. The fact that I was with the Olympics in 2008, I guess caught his ear. He gave me a shot and thought if I was good enough for USA Triathlon, I could be good enough for him.
I was on vacation and got a call from one of his managers saying that Jimmy Buffett wanted to meet me. I thought it was one of my buddies messing with me.
But I drove up from the Keys, worked on him for an hour and I got a call the next day and they offered me a two-year contract. It’s 27 shows a year. Working with the band has been awesome. They’re like any athlete; every instrument causes its own injury.
It’s opened up a lot of doors, but I would never give working with triathlon up. As long as they’ll utilize me, I’ll stick with it.