Progressive Calisthenics Certification, age 54
Hello, I am Dr. Steve Horwitz, DC of Dallas Sports Academy. Please allow me to introduce myself as it is my sincere goal to help you realize your optimal health. I am a wellness and performance consultant. My passion is to directly assist people (at any conditioning level) in obtaining an overall improved state of health and while increasing performance in any sport or competition type. I will work with you in order to both identify and overcome the true cause of your health and performance issues. Together, we will treat the source of the problem and as a result you will be able to meet your short-, mid- and long-term health expectations and goals.
Whether it is your goal to be able to pick up your child or to better compete in either amateur or professional competitive events, I will help you gain the knowledge necessary in achieving and maintaining your optimal health.
My perspective will not only be that of a doctor, but also as both a patient and athlete. An integral part of troubleshooting, is focusing on the sources of any existing health issue. I will help identify the root cause and avoid merely treating the symptoms. The variables contributing to your health issues are unique to you and it will be my priority to develop customized plan that you alone can implement and maintain.
If the approaches above resonate with you, I invite you to call me for a consultation. I am sincerely motivated to help facilitate a better and healthier you.
Please continue reading below on how I overcame my own health issues and how successfully overcoming those challenges directly contribute to my qualifications for helping you.
Dr. Steven Horwitz, DC the Patient
In 2010, I spent the entire summer travelling the country to determine whether or not I needed an esophagectomy, a surgery to remove my esophagus. I was diagnosed with a rare (1 in 100,000) auto-immune disease called end-stage Achalasia. All the surgeons I consulted with agreed that I needed this extremely serious surgery. My focus then shifted on who I trusted to perform it. Even with my educational background, performing my own research was a very daunting task, including which of two distinctly different surgical approaches was the best solution for me. In October of 2010, over eight hours of major thoracic surgery was accomplished to remove my esophagus. This lengthy procedure included a pyloroplasy (widening the lower part of the stomach) because I was also diagnosed with a condition called gastroparesis, a disorder that slows or stops the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine. During the surgery, it was discovered that plastic clips were left in my esophagus from a previous surgery (Heller myotomy) I had in 2006 from a supposed expert. This complicated my esophagectomy and added several hours to the surgery.
I then faced an imposing recovery. The experts were doubtful that I would ever powerlift competitively again. They were also suggesting that I extensively scale back my training and exercise regimen considering the seriousness of what I had endured. Well, I am glad I did my homework!! Through continued research and the drive to be healthy, I did return to my practices and I was able to return to competitive powerlifting!
Dr. Steve Horwitz, DC the Athlete
In high school I played baseball. In college, I ran two marathons (PR 3:36), a 10K under 40 minutes and a 10 miler under 70 minutes. In chiropractic school, I competed in both powerlifting and bodybuilding. I won my height class in the 1986 A.A.U. Collegiate Mr. America - see below. In 2016, I won the Tactical Strength Challenge Men's Masters Division not once, but twice! On March 23, 2019 I set the Texas State 55-59 181 lb deadlift record. 501.5 lbs @ 170 lb body weight.
Why Us? //
Steven M. Horwitz, D.C.
1996 United States Olympic Team Medical Staff, XXVI Olympiad, Atlanta, GA
Chairman, Maryland Council on Physical Fitness, 2002-2004
Maryland Chairman, National Strength and Conditioning Association 2004-2010
FIFA Diploma in Football Medicine
Concussion Essentials, American Academy Emergency Room Physicians
Head’s Up to Clinicians: Addressing Concussions in Sports Among Kids and Teens
Safe Sport Certificate 2019
BLS & First Aid Instructor
Stop The Bleed Instructor
RKC Kettlebell Instructor
SafeSport Trained, U.S. Center for SafeSport
Progressive Calisthenics Certification (PCC) Instructor
Certified in Active Release Technique (ART) 1999 - 2014
Certified in Graston Technique
Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner
Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified
Certified in Dry Needling
POC Certified D*practitioner
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Certified Functional Movement Screening (FMS)
USA Track and Field Level 1 Coach
Tactical Strength Challenge Men's Masters Champion, April 2016, Oct. 2016
USPA Texas State Deadlift Record 181lb Masters 55-59, 501.5 lb, Mar. 2019
USPA Drug Tested National Record Holder 82.5 kg Masters 60-64 Aug. 2020
Dr. Steven Horwitz the Doctor of Chiropractic
Since 1986 I have treated thousands of patients for injuries and trained athletes for competition at every level. Since surgery in 2010, my focus has been getting people healthy and teaching them the skills to stay healthy. Staying healthy means addressing both the mind and the body with a diet that is fun to eat and nutrient dense; exercise that is fun to do, does not take hours, and does not make you feel like you have been hit by a truck; and tools to keep your mind focused and positive.
On of my passions is sports injury prevention in youth sports. I serve as an "Expert" on the Momsteam website. My other passion is helping adaptive athletes, veterans and civilian, at the Adaptive Training Foundation in Dallas, TX. What is possible? Watch this!
I want you to have the lifelong skills needed to perform at your best, whatever that means for you!
"A true healer doesn't actually heal us, he or she simply helps us remove the blocks that are inhibiting our ability to heal ourselves." From The Sacred Science
1996 United States Olympic Team Medical Staff Chiropractor //
Dr. Steven Horwitz is the first and only chiropractor in the state of Texas to be selected by the United States Olympic Committee to be the sole chiropractor on an United States Olympic team medical staff. He was the chiropractor for the entire 1996 Unites States Olympic Team in Atlanta Georgia. He practices in Rowlett and Rockwall Texas. Read about his journey to the Olympic Games below.
At the 1995 Olympic Festival, weightlifter Thanh Nguyen signed a picture of himself doing a snatch on the front page of The Denver Post like this,
"To Dr. Steve,
Thank you for your help on my back. I know that I cannot lift without it. I hope to see you at the Atlanta '96 Games.
I read it and thought, "I would sure like to be there and see you as well."
On August 14, 1995, I received a letter from the United States Olympic Committee which said,
"On behalf of the United States Olympic Committee's Sports Medicine Committee, I am pleased to inform you that you have been selected as a member of the Medical Staff for the Games of the XXVIth Olympiad in Atlanta, Georgia."
My experience at the 1996 Summer Games was certainly the highlight of my career. The U.S. Olympic Team's medical staff is appointed through a series of evaluation performed at the Olympic Training Centers, United States Olympic Festivals and international events. Individuals were evaluated on their clinical skills and ability, efficacy in meeting the demands of elite level athletes, adaptability, and willingness to be part of a team. As the sole chiropractor on the 44 member staff, I was truly surrounded by wonderful people.
I arrived in Atlanta on July 6, 1996 about 6:00p.m. and was met by U.S.O.C. representatives. Once I received my credentials, I boarded a bus with the Slovokian rifle team and U.S. 10m platform diver Patrick Jeffrey and headed toward the village. What normally should have been a 15 minute drive took over two hours. Our bus was denied entry to the village because the driver did not have the proper credentials and the bus was not sanitized, ie; checked for bombs! While waiting, I learned a great deal about 10m platform diving from Patrick Jeffrey. He became my first patient that very night.The Olympic Village was on the campus of Georgia Tech University.
The Village was set up into different zones: Blue, Gold, Purple, Green and Red. Each zone housed different teams. The village was home to over 10,000 athletes and 5000 coaches, medical personnel and staff from 197 countries. Home for next 30 days would be a 8'x8' dorm room with bunk beds in the dormitory of the U.S. Olympic Team. On my first full day, I went through processing. Each member of the U.S. delegation (about 1100 people) was given clothes, luggage, shoes, sneakers and assorted odds and ends from official Olympic sponsors. As one athlete said, "It's Christmas in July!"
The next day, I reported to the U.S. Olympic Team medical clinic which was on the ground floor of the U.S. dormitory building. The hours of our training room were 7:00a.m. until 11:00p.m. with one trainer and one physician on call each night. Each trainer and physician were assigned specific sports while I was responsible for any athlete who needed chiropractic care. We all worked 15 hours or more per day, everyday. We were responsible for approximately 700 U.S. athletes.
The foundation of our care was the hands on approach. This hands on approach was made the focus of an NBC national news story on our clinic. Most of the injuries we treated were from overuse: tendonitis, sprains and strains. I found that many athletes received regular chiropractic care, especially during the heavy training just before the Olympics. They wanted to continue this care during the games because they felt it helped injuries heal and enhanced their performance and feeling of well-being.
Many athletes were introduced to chiropractic care for the first time due to injuries which had not responded to other types of care. Successful results with these injuries caused athletes to tell other athletes; needless to say this kept me busy! Most of my time was occupied treating athletes in our training room. Most of the last few days of the Games I spent with track and field traveling between the warm-up track and the Olympic stadium.
Being at the Olympic Games was like being on I.V. epinephrine for one month. One of the biggest thrills for me was marching in the Opening Ceremonies. About 10 of our medical staff found out one hour before Opening Ceremonies that we were chosen to march in them. The rest of the staff were given tickets to go to the ceremonies. We quickly dressed in the outfit we received at processing and were off to the Olympic Stadium. When I turned the corner and started down the ramp with the rest of the U.S. team, the sight of 85,000 spectators was breathtaking. The crowd was roaring "U.S.A., U.S.A." and the flashbulbs were blazing. The high was incredible.
The dining hall was one of the most interesting areas. An enormous air-conditioned tent was set up to hold 3500 people. To look around and see athletes from 197 countries was fascinating. Each country's athletes would sit together, usually by sport. The multitude of languages made communicating a challenge. Much fun was had with hand gestures and body language.
The events I did see in person were Matt Ghaffari wrestle the Russian Alexander Karelin, Wes Barnett set three American records in 108kg class in weightlifting and Michael Johnson set the world record in the 200m. The entire U.S. delegation went to Closing Ceremonies. Yes, I was one of the thousands of people running around on the stadium field. There were many special athletes and many special moments.
Ed Ryan, ATC, the medical coordinator and John Lehtinen, MD, head physician, did a fantastic job at organizing and running our medical staff. Working with these professionals was an honor and privilege. The physicians on our staff were Mark Adams, Daniel Carr, Craig Ferrell, Sean Hanley, John Lalonde, Lawrence Magee, Bruce Mosely, Herb Paris, Brock Schnebel and Carlan Yates. The trainers were Rufi Alday, William Bandy, Wayne Barger, Kim Barrett, Steve Brace, Rigo Carbajal, Joe Fritz, Kerry Gatch, Ernest Golin, Woody Graham, Tony Harris, Emery Hill, Lisa Jesberg, Gina Konin, Tom Koto, Dawn Kurihara, Chip Ladd, Patty Marchak, Skippy Mattson, Sally Mays, Karen McClellan, Ty McSorley, James Miller, Frank Novakoski, Dave Pawlowski, Barbara Pearson, Margaret Peter, Richard Quincy, Denise Richardson, Marcia Roschke, and Rene Shingles.
Citius, Altius, Fortius!
Does Your Doctor Walk the Walk?//
Dr. Horwitz deadlifts 580 lbs at the 2000 100% Raw World Powerlifting Championships
Squat 430 lbs, Bench Press 315 lbs, Deadlift 580 lbs, Total 1325 lbs.
Thank you so much for helping me get ready for my race. You are the reason why I'm going home with a gold medal and American record. I seriously don't think I could have performed to my best without your help.
1996 USA Swimming 4x200 Gold Medalist
The 1996 US Olympic Team Medical Staff
Closing ceremonies are this evening wrapping up an incredible Olympic Games. One of the best parts of this experience has been the US Medical Staff supporting the athletes. I have never been around such a hard working, professional group of people at any event.
Thank you so much for your time and expertise - I've never felt or fought better, and I credit the great staff at the US Medical, particularly your treatments.
Best wishes for the future,
52 Kg USA Judo