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Acupuncture and sports science give Team Japan an edge

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2012 OLYMPICS

AUGUST 3, 2012 BY: MAX EMANUEL DONNER

The Japanese Olympic Team has earned an impressive nineteen medals in six days of competition at the 2012 Olympics. This has also been an impressive victory for Japan’ssports science strategies. The medal-winning achievements have been in five sports where resilience from intense pain or endurance can be key success factors. This success is building confidence for this weekend’s triathlon competitions.

“If an athlete feels pain, we use acupuncture as first aid,” explains Minoru Yajima, medical advisor and physiotherapist for Japan’s Triathlon team. Most of Team Japan’s medal winning medical strategy is preventative and based on a time tested Japanese tradition – shiatsu massage. The Japanese Olympic Committee has also followed the lead of the USOC sports medicine team and invested in chiropractic care, as its sports science team explained during a practice event on August 1.   Read more…

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