Adam Hamilton, DC

Chiropractor

Drive Sports Therapy

2757 NW 7th St, suite B, Redmond, OR, 97756, United States

Social Media Links

Instagram: @drivesportstherapy ; @drive.barbell.club

Academic Background

  • B.S. Exercise Science from University of Iowa, 2006
  • Doctorate of Chiropractic from University of Western States in Portland, OR, 2010

Specialties & Certifications

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • USAW Advanced Sports Performance Coach (Level 2)
  • Certified Chiropractic Sports Provider (CCSP - In progress)
  • Active Release Techniques (Instructor)
  • SFMA
  • FMS
  • Rocktape FMT 1&2
  • Graston Technique (IASTM)

Athletic & Training Background

I grew up playing multiple sports. In high school, I fell in love with the throwing events in track and field and accomplished a lot in the sport. I was high school national champion in the hammer throw my senior year. In college, I competed for the University of Iowa where I ended up winning a Big Ten Conference championship, was a two-time All-American, and competed at USATF National Championships 3 times, placing as high as 9th my final year. I continued to throw on and off through Chiropractic school and my first couple years in practice. However, I eventually transitioned to the sport of weightlifting. Training for weightlifting was very similar to the strength training I did as a thrower and made for an easy transition. While I'm nowhere near as good a weightlifter as I was a thrower, I enjoy it and it keeps me in shape. My best competition lifts are 121kg/266# snatch and 152kg/334# clean and jerk. In training, I’ve also done 240kg/528# back squat, and 273kg/600# deadlift.

Current Role Working with Athletes

A large portion of my practice involves working with Crossfit, weightlifting, and powerlifting athletes. I'm the team Doctor for Catalyst Athletics, and through that connection have had the opportunity to work with several national and world class weightlifters and Crossfit games athletes on a regular basis. I live in Bend, OR which is a mecca for endurance and extreme sports athletes, so I also get the opportunity to work with a lot of runners, triathletes, skiers, mountain bikers, rock climbers, etc. In addition to my work as a clinician, I own/coach a small USAW weightlifting club--Drive Barbell Club.

Professional Philosophy

As a high-level track and field athlete I was extremely frustrated by the lack of understanding between medical and coaching professionals. As a result, I've made it the focus of my career to bridge the gap between treatment of injuries and performance training. In my practice, I view every patient as an individual. They come with unique bodies, histories, physical capacities, etc. Treatment depends on the patient’s goals, but usually involves some combination of manual therapy (soft tissue and chiropractic manipulation) and exercise/movement based therapy. For many patients, there is also a degree of training plan analysis and modification. Ultimately, I try to educate my patients so they can take care of themselves and not be reliant on me.