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Petty serving as team physician for Olympic trials in Sacramento

Dr. Michael T. Petty, team chiropractor for the Tennessee mens athletics department, has been selected as a team physician for the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials. The trials are currently being held at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex in Sacramento, Calif., and will run through July 18.

If they meet the Olympic A standard, the top-three finishers in most events at the U.S. Olympic Trials advance to form the U.S. track and field Olympic team. Pettys responsibilities at the trials mirror his efforts when he accompanies the track and field Vols to a championship meet.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, Petty said. Im extremely excited. Ill be available at the request of any athlete to evaluate, examine and treat anything that falls in my scope. Ill be helping people deal with chiropractic and mechanical issues and evaluation of joint and muscle function.

Petty, a Tennessee graduate, began his association with the athletics department in 1996, while working with the football team. He served the team in the SEC championship seasons of 1997 and and the national championship season of 1998.

Petty added track and field responsibilities in 1999, when he accompanied the Volunteers to the NCAA outdoor championships. Pettys association with the track and field team has been fruitful. Since 1999, he has worked with several Tennessee individual NCAA champions, including Tom Pappas, Justin Gatlin, Leonard Scott, Gary Kikaya, Stephen Harris and Jabari Greer. Additionally, Petty has been on site as an integral member of the Tennessee training staff taking care of the Vols in the NCAA championship years of 2001 and 2002. The Vols have also claimed two SEC outdoor team titles under Pettys care.

Petty continues to work with former Vols and Olympic hopefuls still training in Knoxville, including Pappas, the 2003 world indoor heptathlon and outdoor decathlon champion, and Harris, the 2003 NCAA decathlon champion.

Im signed up for 12 hours a day at the trials, Petty said. Im planning on being available for all 10 days. My main intent originally was to just be there for Tom [Pappas] and Stephen [Harris] in the decathlon if I was selected. Then I looked at the schedule and saw how many other former Vols would also be competing.

Other Vols competing include Gatlin, Scott, Tim Mack, Lawrence Johnson, Jebreh Harris, Anthony Famiglietti and Dawane Wallace.

Originally from Shelbyville, Petty graduated as valedictorian of Life Chiropractic College in 1986. Petty has been in private practice at Concord Chiropractic Clinic since then.

He is married to the former Frances Hanks, his wife of 24 years.


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