The Olympics are in full gear and most everyone is watching. If you have been on twitter over the past 3 days, you can tell PTs have been watching. There have been a number of you all out there commenting on the amazing ability of the Olympic athletes seen on our TVs. What has been more interesting is the prevalence of healthcare practitioners and healthcare consumers alike commenting on the red circles or colorful tape seen on some of the athletes. One writer called the Olympics the “International Festival of Sports Pseudoscience.” Pretty funny…pretty true.
I almost hesitate to write up this post to bring more attention to this finding, but I am somewhat amazed by the attention of all of this. In fact, I will keep this quick. I hope PTs can keep their distance from these overzealous “interventions”. We all know (and have experienced) our patients coming in this week asking about the red circles and colorful tape. I hope we can put things into perspective for them. I hope we don’t sink to the fads seen on TV. I hope we are better than this.