Dr Gerry Ramogida

Dr Gerry Ramogida (left) with fellow Seattle Seahawks Chiropractor Jim Kurtz

Dr Gerry Ramogida: Chiropractic Performance Therapy in the NFL

Interview by Declan Holt

Dr Gerry Ramogida, best known for his chiropractic work with the Seattle Sea Hawks, provides valuable movement analysis and chiropractic techniques to treat some of the leading athletes in the NFL including star running back Marshawn Lynch.

Following an incredibly close Super Bowl final against the New England Patriots Gerry explains that the balance between consulting for the NFL and working from his practice Fortius Sport & Health can sometimes result in a busy lifestyle.

The Vancouver native also recalls working with leading figures in high performance sport casually; Dan Pfaff included who provided valuable experience following Ramogida’s graduation from Western States Chiropractic College, Portland, Oregon in 1997.

Gerry’s prominent career highlights include chiropractic consultation for Athletics Canada at the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympics as well as working as a Performance Therapist for UK Athletics during the London 2012 Olympics.

Has your schedule been busy since the Super Bowl final?

Yes, I thought it would slow down a little bit but things have continued. We’re doing some courses with the World Athletics Center introducing this idea of performance therapies so I’m actually just in Phoenix right now preparing lectures for this week so its been busy.

An article mentioned that you started off with the Sea Hawks to show the team how to perform soft tissue techniques, how did that evolve into attending each game and conducting duties on the sideline?

The interest of having someone join the team way back when I did was at the time that a particular soft tissue technique; active release was becoming prominent in the sports world.

It was actually better known amongst amateur and professional athletes very early on and because what was happening was athletes were experiencing results so they started seeking it out and the club quickly saw that their athletes were going outside the team.

Not that it’s necessarily a bad thing but what can happen is you don’t necessarily get communication about what a particular athlete is doing so as a training staff if the athlete doesn’t communicate well then you’re not sure what’s been done so they were having incidents where they just weren’t having the communication and it was putting the medical staff at a bit of a disadvantage.

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