Anglo-European College of Chiropractic to host Icelandic Olympians for London 2012
6 July 2012
The Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) has agreed a training camp deal to host several members of the Icelandic Olympic squad in the final stages of its preparations ahead of London 2012.
The College, which is based in Bournemouth, was chosen because of its state-of-the-art clinic facilities and renowned expertise in supporting elite athletes. The athletes will get full support from the faculty and from student volunteers who will act as an intern to each team.
The AECC exercise centre and chiropractic clinic contains more than £100,000 worth of specialist sports equipment for assessment and training, designed to strengthen, restore and improve the function of muscles and joints.
The team is set to arrive on the campus on Monday 23rd July and will be departing for the Olympic Village at the beginning of August. The contingent will include some of Iceland’s top track and field athletes as well as three head coaches.
Icelandic coach, Gunnar Páll Jóakimsson said: "Having the pre-Olympic training camps at the AECC Bournemouth ensures that the athletes will get the best physical treatment possible and be at their best physical state when entering the most important competition of their lives. Staying in Bournemouth, away from the stress and noise of the city, helps the athletes to stay focused and relaxed both during training and rest time."
AECC Principal, Professor Haymo Thiel said: “We are delighted that the Icelandic Olympic team have selected the AECC to host their final training preparations. Spending their final preparation time at the AECC will ensure that the athletes are able to benefit from the full range of support and services available in the run up to London 2012.”
AECC also have one of their own chiropractic students, Sven Knipphals in training preparation for the Olympic Games. Knipphals qualification was confirmed on the 4th July for the German 4x100m Olympic team.
The 26-year-old appreciates the bonus his studies have given him, saying: “I love combining athletics with chiropractic studies. Understanding the body and its mechanics and correcting weaknesses are key to better performance and that fits in very well with my course.”
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