Emperor’s College is honored to have been selected to organize and lead the acupuncture and Oriental medicine efforts at the Special Olympics Summer World Games 2015. Emperor’s doctoral students, alumni and others will provide holistic wellness services to the 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries participating in the Games.
It is believed that this is the first time that Oriental medicine/Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) medical services will be available at a major international sporting event hosted outside of East Asia.
Using acupressure, Chinese medical massage and other noninvasive measures, The Emperor’s College medical team will focus on treating minor aches and pains, travel fatigue, jet lag, anxiety, insomnia, over stimulation, digestive issues, and too with smoking cessation (a surprisingly important service since a large number of coaches and athletes coming from outside the United States smoke). If more comprehensive treatment is required, athletes and coaches will be referred to Kaiser Permanente medical services at the Games or, if needed, to local hospitals.
The goal of the Emperor’s College medical team is to help quickly resolve these wellness complaints so that the athletes and coaches can perform at their best during the Games and maximize their experience while in Los Angeles.
Emperor’s College will also be coordinating tai chi and yoga classes held at both Olympic villages. World class teachers will be on hand to teach tai chi to athletes and coaches and yoga classes will be taught by graduates of Loyola Marymount University’s acclaimed Yoga and the Healing Sciences professional certificate program.
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