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The fastest care on two wheels

HealthPartners chiropractor provides care for Tour de France cyclists

Hundreds of the world’s best cyclists are compete each year in the Tour de France. While it takes a team of cyclists to conquer the most famous tour in the world, it is not just about the people sporting spandex.

Charles Hausman, DC, is a chiropractor with HealthPartners RiverWay Clinic in Anoka. And he just recently returned from Europe where he served as a team doctor for the Cannondale-Drapac Cycling Team.

“It’s such a pleasure to work with them,” Dr. Hausman said. “I have a triathlon background, so I understand a lot of what is happening with their muscles and their bodies.”

His relationship with the athletes is so good, in fact, that when one of the cyclists from his team won one of the stages, he made sure to mention Dr. Hausman during his post-race interviews.

Now in his fourth year as a team doctor, Dr. Hausman has traveled to bike tours all over the world.

“They reached out to me about coming out to a race as sort of a tryout. And then our team took the yellow jersey that year,” he said. “I’ve been doing 2-3 races a year ever since.”

While most of his work involves taping and adjustments, along with some stretching and rehabilitation, Dr. Hausman is prepared to assist in the case of an accident or injury. But the toughest part of his job? The waiting.

“It’s a lot of sitting in a car,” he laughed. “I’ll be in a tour van for 4 or 5 hours at a time and that can definitely be a grind.”

Now back home, Dr. Hausman says he has no plans for slowing down anytime soon.

“My No. 1 priority is working with my patients at HealthPartners, but I think being a part of the cycling team is great for our profession,” he said. “It’s good for the athletes, and really helpful to be a part of a group of doctors and professionals all working closely together. I plan to continue working with this team for the foreseeable future.”

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