About the Columnist

Dr. Doug Andersen began his practice in Brea, California in 1986, after graduating magna cum laude from Pasadena College of Chiropractic, with a Bachelor of Science degree in human biology. and doctor of chiropractic degree. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business from California State University, Fullerton. As a sports chiropractic specialist, he holds two postgraduate board certifications from the American Chiropractic Association, and is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner and a Diplomat of the American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physicians. Additionally, he is a member of the postgraduate faculty of Southern California University of Health Sciences, in Whittier, Ca.

A certified clinical nutritionist, since 1990, Dr. Andersen has authored a monthly column on clinical and sports nutrition for Dynamic Chiropractic, and has also also written for other magazines, including Muscle & Fitness, Volleyball, Volleyball Monthly, Surfing, The American Chiropractor, and Today's Chiropractic. His published papers and abstracts on sports injuries and sports nutrition have appeared in professional journals; including Medicine and Science in Sports, Exercise, Journal of Sports Chiropractic and Rehabilitation and the Natural Medicine Journal.

In 1996 and 1997, Dr. Andersen won a national award for best peer review abstract at the Annual Sports Chiropractic Science Symposium, and in 1998 was appointed to the editorial board of the Natural Medicine Journal. He recently contributed chapters to the upcoming 3rd edition of The Principles and Practice of Chiropractic, edited by Scott Haldeman, DC, PhD, MD, and the recent Strength Conditioning and Injury Rehabilitation for Hockey by Joseph Horrigan, DC.

From 1990 to 1999 Dr. Andersen was employed by the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP) as the medical director for their two-man pro beach volleyball tour, and he traveled with the athletes on weekends in the spring and summer, coordinating all aspects of health care for the tour. He was also employed by the Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) from 1995 to 1999, treating the world's top surfers on four continents.

Dr. Andersen's knowledge regarding sports nutrition spread to major professional sports when in October 1998, he was invited to Wisconsin to consult with the Green Bay Packers and their strength and conditioning coaches on sports nutrition. He designed a hydration program, which solved the cramping problems the team had during their first six games.

From 1999 to 2002, as the team nutritionist for the Los Angeles Kings, Dr. Andersen watched as the team made the playoffs 3 seasons in a row - a first in the franchise's history. In 2003, he was named Sports Chiropractor of the Year by the American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physicians. The USA Triathlon invited him to be a part of its medical staff for the 2003 World Championships in New Zealand, and in July 2004, he is again serving Team USA at the long course World Championships in Sweden.

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