What makes Usain Bolt so fast? His competitors, fans and the rest of the world would like to know. In fact, in recent years, especially since the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games when Jamaica won 11 track and field medals, six of them gold (three of which belong to Bolt), Jamaica’s National Track and Field Program has received increased international attention and curiosity.
But did you know that the fastest man in the world has scoliosis. That’s right. Usain Bolt, Olympic gold medalist, has scoliosis.
“When I was younger it wasn’t really a problem. But you grow and it gets worse. My spine’s really curved bad [makes “S” shape with finger]. But if I keep my core and back strong, the scoliosis doesn’t really bother me. So I don’t have to worry about it as long as I work hard. The early part of my career, when we didn’t really know much about it, it really hampered me because I got injured every year.”
According to reports, Usain Bolt’s scoliosis was detected in his youth and it has periodically contributed to or been the cause of lower back pain.
Instead of running towards a westernized approach such as a brace or a painful surgery, Bolt uses chiropractic. He doesn’t only use it to treat his condition or injuries, but even when he is healthy he uses it to enhance his performance. His chiropractor, Dr. Michael Douglas, the Jamaican Olympic Team’s official chiropractor uses a combination of traditional chiropractic techniques and sport rehabilitation to make sure Bolt is in no less than perfect shape.