January 3rd, 2014 Dr. Eric St. Pierre

Lafayette chiropractor Eric St. Pierre assists at Winter Olympics

Doctor to work as speed skating trainer in Vancouver
By Amy Bounds, Camera Staff Writer

POSTED:   02/07/2010 10:28:54 PM MST | UPDATED:   4 YEARS AGO

 

Eric St. Pierre

Eric St. Pierre, a Lafayette chiropractic sports doctor, has helped speed skaters, weightlifters and other elite athletes recover from injuries and stay in top condition.

It’s that experience with five national teams, he said, that secured him a spot as one of five chiropractic doctors on the 47-member medical staff selected by the U.S. Olympic Committee to support athletes at the Winter Olympics.

“This is just a dream come true,” he said. “It’s very exciting.”

He left Saturday for Vancouver, where he will work as a trainer for the short track speed skating team and assist with the general care for all 200 athletes in the Olympic Village. The Olympics officially open Friday and wrap up Feb. 28.

The 30-year-old St. Pierre heads up sports rehabilitation at Lafayette’s South Pointe Medical Center, a pain and physical rehabilitation clinic.

“This means so much to my practice,” he said.

Though it will be his first chance to attend the Olympics, he said he doesn’t expect to spend time enjoying the games.

“We will work a ton,” he said. “We’re there to help the athletes. You’re expected to be sleep deprived, overworked.”

He’s worked with the men and women’s short track speed skating team for the past five months and called both teams “very strong.”

Star Apolo Anton Ohno, the 27-year-old speed skater who has racked up five medals at the Winter Olympics, is joined by a roster of strong skaters, St. Pierre said.

“These teams are better than we’ve ever had,” he said. “We have mentally and physically strong athletes. We expect them to do well. We’ll be proud of them no matter what happens.”

In the Olympics, he said, nothing is a sure bet.

“Anything can happen, especially with the short track,” he said. “It’s a race. It’s so fast, so intense. You can get knocked down.”

As a chiropractor with a background in sports medicine, he said, he can help athletes recover from injuries and stay in top physical shape as they recover from the intense physical demands of their sports.

“The key to these athletes is their commitment to doing everything they can to be ready,” he said.

Along with the speed skating teams, St. Pierre has worked with the U.S. bobseld, water polo, weightlifting and volleyball teams.


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Chiropractic Road to the Olympics

North American DCs are poised to make their mark at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

By Caitlin Lukacs

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By Emily Devlin, edevlin@sentinelandenterprise.com

POSTED:   02/16/2010 06:32:32 AM EST

Eric St. Pierre has done his fair share of traveling to pursue his career as a chiropractor in the field of sports medicine.

But the 30-year-old Leominster native has reached a new pinnacle in his career as he works around the clock at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

St. Pierre is with the United States speedskating team, making sure athletes are in the best condition possible for racing, and administering chiropractic treatment for the injured.

“They’re all phenomenal athletes. I’m very fortunate to be around them,” St. Pierre said during a recent telephone interview with the Sentinel & Enterprise.

St. Pierre, who now lives in Boulder, Colo., played ice hockey at Leominster High School. But he broke his femur during his senior year, and was stuck videotaping games from the bench for the rest of the season. St. Pierre said he became interested in sports medicine after the experience.

“It turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to me,” St. Pierre said.

St. Pierre first attended Westfield State College, where he majored in sports medicine, and then went on to study chiropractic medicine at the University of Southern California.

St. Pierre was hired to be part of the Olympic speed-skating medical team in August, after working with various other teams, including the U.S. water-polo team that won a silver medal in the summer Olympics in Beijing two years ago.

The job is a great fit and a lot of fun, according to St. Pierre, though he said the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was a tough way to start the Games. Kumaritashvili died after flipping off the luge during a practice run last week.

“He needed more practice, and from what I understand, the luge is incredibly dangerous and fast. It’s no one’s fault, it’s just really unfortunate,” St. Pierre said.

Still, there is much to look forward to.

St. Pierre, who spends about 11 hours a day with the team, described a typical day of work. Everyone wakes up early for rehabilitation and preventative exercises. St. Pierre accompanies team members to the rink, where they warm up for about an hour. During races, St. Pierre is always nearby and ready to treat athletes when they finish their events.

Many athletes hang around the sports-medicine clinics on-site, St. Pierre said. It was there that St. Pierre met Erica Lawler, a Fitchburg native and member of the U.S. women’s ice hockey team, last week.

Back home, Thomas and Susan St. Pierre, St. Pierre’s parents, celebrated the opening of the 2010 Winter Olympics surrounded by friends and family inside their Leominster home.

“When the USA team walked in, that house went crazy,” Thomas St. Pierre said.

Thomas St. Pierre called his son “a really good kid” and got a little choked up talking about the fact that he lives so far away.

“You raise them to let them go,” Thomas St. Pierre said.

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