Coach Harry Marra, Dr. Curt Draeger, Ashton Eaton
Coach Harry Marra, Dr. Curt Draeger, and Ashton Eaton prepare for the IAAF World Championships

 July 21, 2015, GREEN BAY, Wisconsin

Dr. Curt Draeger of Integrated Pain Solutions spent this past weekend in Eugene, Oregon working with world-class athletes, preparing them to compete in national and international competitions.

Olympic Gold Medal Decathlete and world record holder in the decathlon and heptathlon, Ashton Eaton is preparing for the IAAF World Championships to be held in Beijing, China, August 22-30. Training alongside Ashton is his wife, Brianne Theisen-Eaton. Brianne is an accomplished athlete in her own right, having represented Canada in the 2012 Olympic Games in the heptathlon. She is also the Canadian record holder in the indoor pentathlon and a World Championship medal holder in both the pentathlon and heptathlon.

The IAAF World Championships are the last major international event in preparation for the 2016 Olympic Games to be held in Rio de Janeiro.

Dr. Draeger has been the treating doctor to Team USA decathletes, working with Coach Harry Marra, since 2004. He has accompanied the team to three Olympic Games in Beijing, Athens, and London. He also worked with Team Canada’s Theisen-Eaton at the 2012 Games in London.

Curt Draeger Brianne Theisen-Eaton
Dr. Curt Draeger and Brianne Theisen-Eaton take a break from training for the IAAF World Championships

During his trip, Dr. Draeger also worked with 2000 and 2004 Olympian Tom Pappas as he and his team, Lane 5 Athletics, prepared for the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games.

“What’s so great about working with Tom and his team is these guys are often 10 years older than many of the teams they compete against. The fact that they can still hold their own in a competition at this level is a testament to the amazing athletes that they are.”

Dr. Draeger used a combination of High Intensity Laser Therapy and other manual therapies to help the athletes recover from injuries and prepare their bodies for competition. Common injuries included those to the hips and legs, lower back strains, hamstring problems, and sciatica.

Laser therapy increases healing metabolism in cells and softens scar tissue to improve movement.   Because laser therapy treats muscles, bones, nerves, ligaments, and joints, I can get their entire body working in sync to help them to achieve their highest levels of success.”

Dr. Curt Draeger, DC, DACBOH, CCST is the treating doctor to Team USA’s Olympic decathletes, founder of Draeger Chiropractic & Laser Center and Integrated Pain Solutions, and co-developer of the latest generation of High Intensity Therapeutic Lasers.  His unique chronic pain treatment protocol provides lasting relief and healing to anyone suffering from chronic pain by combining High Intensity Laser Therapy with other manual therapies once reserved exclusively for professional athletes.