Historic First Sports Medicine Course In Russia – Sports Chiropractic Journal – August 1989


My main objective for traveling to Russia was to learn the secrets to the pro athlete treatment and Olympic training used by the Soviet athletes to fine-tune the human body. Why was the USSR producing such great Russian pro athletes? I had read over 100 sports journals written by Russian doctors and Russian athletic trainers at that time and because I was the organizer and director of the first sports medicine course, I was able to select the experts who lectured. I decided to focus our studies on the sports biomechanics movement in hopes of uncovering some of the secrets to elite athletic performance.

One of the lecturers I chose was Yuri Verkhoshansky. Yuri Verkoshansky was a Russian scientist who pioneered plyometric training as a means of sports training to improve athletic performance, mainly speed-strength. Widely known as the “Father of Plyometrics”, he has been the leading researcher and coach most recognized with the spread of plyometrics training.

I call this modern day Human Spring Training.

With the help of Dr. Ed Enos of Concordia University in Montreal and the International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (FICS), at the famed National Institute of Physical Culture and Sports Sciences in Moscow, I organized the first sports medicine course.

After much negotiation with the Soviet Sports Committee, we developed a program for sports medicine at the National Institute of Physical Culture and Sports Sciences in Moscow, USSR. It was called REHAB 670, Soviet Sports at the National Institute of Physical Culture and Sports Sciences. In 1989, 70 doctors and experts attended my course.

Historic First Sports Medicine Course in Russia

Sports Chiropractic Journal – August 1989

Dr James Stoxen DC, Dr Sergie Popov and Dr Stephen J Press DC PhD

A group of 22 chiropractors attended the week long course 670 Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine in the Soviet Union. The program was arranged by Dr James Stoxen DC of Chicago and Dr Edmund Enos of the Association for International Exchange Programs, AICEP.

Dr. Ed Enos

I made contact with Dr. Ed Enos, Director of Athletics at  Concordia University and Director of AICEP (Association International Cultural Exchange Programs). I suggested that we develop a course in the study of sports training and sports medicine in the Soviet Union with their top experts.

It was the first sports medicine course for western doctors ever organized in the former Soviet Union.

Dr Enos asked me who in the Soviet Union I wanted to lecture for our group.

My main objective for visiting Russia was to learn the secrets to the treatment and training used by the Soviets to fine-tune the human body. Something had to be allowing them to produce so many champions.

I had read over 100 journals written by Russian doctors and trainers at that time and because I was the organizer and director of the course, I was able to select the experts who lectured.  I decided to focus our studies on the biomechanics of sports movement in hopes of uncovering some of the secrets to human performance.

The key lecturer I chose was Yuri Verkhoshansky, the founder of modern human spring training, called plyometrics. His teachings played a major role in my research and uncovering the secrets to elite level human performance.

Dr James Stoxen DC, Yuri Verkhoshansky and Dr Stephen J Press DC PhD

Dr Stoxen had previously been the Sports Chiropractor for the American Powerlifting Federation tour in the Soviet Union.

A Federation of International Sports Chiropractors delegation led by Steven Press, President, which included Dr Noel Patterson of Australia, FICS Vice President and Dr Ostien Ogre of Norway, FICS Executive Council. The program was held at the famous National Institute of Physical Culture in Moscow. Some major accomplishments were achieved.

The group held round table discussions with the leaders in the Soviet Union in “Manual Medicine.” The Russians were greatly impressed by what they saw and heard. The Soviet authorities in manipulation announced at the banquet that they wanted negotiations to commence toward the possibility of a Chiropractic College in either the Institute for Physical Culture in Moscow or Moscow University.

Watch above as Dr. James Stoxen DC discusses the state of chiropractic in the Soviet Union (USSR) in 1989, Moscow, Russia

Dr Zatsiorsky, the Chairman of the International Olympic Committee Sub-committee on Biomechanics, accepted Dr Press’s appointment to the Scientific Commission of the FICS. Dr Zatsiorsky is clearly acknowledged as the foremost expert on spinal biomechanics in the world.

The Soviets believe they have developed a device that they believe can “measure innate biological energy.” It was demonstrated at the clinical round table discussions. The device was used to compare Soviet manipulation with chiropractic manipulation and our technique was found to give superior results. Dr Press sent information concerning this to the FICS Scientific Committee for review and evaluation.

Watch above as Dr. Stephen Press of Englewood, NJ, then President of the World governing body for Sports Chiropractic, gives the first official Chiropractic adjustment ever in the USSR, to Vice-rector, Prof. Dr. Sergie Popov, MD, of the Institute of Physical Culture, in Moscow.

Dr Press and Dr Stoxen were asked to consult on a skating injury to Ekaterina Gordeeva.  Ekaterina is the 1988 Olympic Gold Medallist, 1986 1987, 1988, and 1989 World Champion, and the pride of the Soviet people.

There are few skaters in history that possess such ethereal beauty and grace as Ekaterina “Katia” Gordeeva. Like a quiet ballerina, she floats on the ice seemingly in a world of her own creation, and we are the lucky participants, fortunate enough to be touched by her soulful athleticism.  It is with her former partner and late husband, the great Sergei Grinkov, that Katia first seduced the world with her elegance.  In their thirteen years together, they came to define pair skating, lifting the sport to new heights, artistically and athletically.  With a style all their own, Gordeeva and Grinkov made a name for themselves as the most recognizable pair team ever from the former Soviet Union. , starsonice.com

Dr Press, a former competitive skater, was able to improve her condition. This apparently marks the first time the Soviet Sports Committee has formally requested the services of a chiropractor. Well done.

Dr James Stoxen DC presented a jacket from the American Drug Free Powerlifting Association to the chairman of Soviet Anti-doping, Vitaly Semenov.

These are major accomplishments for a pioneering first effort. The participants received one point towards elevation to FICS Full Member Status. The excellent classroom coursework was accredited through San Francisco State University. The participants were also able to enjoy the famous Moscow Ballet and Moscow Circus in the evenings.  Plans are underway to make an annual exchange at the invitation of the Soviets. We would like to acknowledge and thank all the participants for their pioneering efforts and great success.

Dr James Stoxen DC., FSSEMM (hon) He is the president of Team Doctors®, Treatment and Training Center Chicago. Dr Stoxen is a #1 International Bestselling Author of the book, The Human Spring Approach to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. He has lectured at more than 20 medical conferences on his Human Spring Approach to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and asked to publish his research on this approach to treating thoracic outlet syndrome in over 30 peer review medical journals. He has been asked to submit his other research on the human spring approach to treatment, training and prevention in over 225 peer review medical journals. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Orthopedic Science and Research, Executive Editor or the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care, Chief Editor, Advances in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Journal and editorial board for over 40 peer review medical journals. He is a much sought-after speaker both to the general public and at CME credentialed medical conferences. He has given over 1000 live presentations and lectured at over 70 medical conferences to over 50,000 doctors in more than 20 countries. He has been invited to speak at over 400 medical conferences in over 50 international cities in 30 countries. He has been invited as the keynote speaker at over 60 medical conferences. After his groundbreaking lecture on the Integrated Spring-Mass Model at the World Congress of Sports and Exercise Medicine he was presented with an Honorary Fellowship Award by a member of the royal family, the Sultan of Pahang, for his distinguished research and contributions to the advancement of Sports and Exercise Medicine on an International level. He was inducted into the National Fitness Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Personal Trainers Hall of Fame in 2012. Dr Stoxen has a big reputation in the entertainment industry working as a doctor for over 150 tours of elite entertainers, caring for over 1000 top celebrity entertainers and their handlers. Anthony Field or the popular children’s entertainment group, The Wiggles, wrote a book, How I Got My Wiggle Back detailing his struggles with chronic pain and clinical depression he struggled with for years. Dr Stoxen is proud to be able to assist him. Physicians Medical Technologies does business as Team Doctors®, a medical device company that provides high end vibration massage tools. In 2012, the Massage Assist Pro was cleared by the FDA. Today the Massage Assist® is sold in 13 countries. In late 2019, Team Doctors launched the Vibeassage® which was cleared by the FDA in 2019 and has sold thousands of units around the world. Dr Stoxen can be reached directly at teamdoctors@aol.com

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