P4 Ep. 11: Eddy De Smedt


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In this episode…

Chad Bong interviews sports acupuncturist, Eddy De Smedt.


Eddy De Smedt is the sports acupuncturist for team Astana Pro Cycling.  De Smedt personally has treated the 2014 Tour de France champion, Vincenzo Nibali.  De Smedt’s home practice is in Aalst, Belgium.  In his discussion with Chad, Eddy talks about his start with team Astana Pro Cycling, common injuries for cyclists, and specific treatment protocols for athletes. Such protocols outline the steps that must be taken in the event of an injury, including who to contact, what immediate treatment to administer, and when to seek medical attention. Having a clear and comprehensive protocol in place can help to reduce the risk of further injury or complications and promote a speedy recovery for the athlete. It also ensures that everyone involved in the athlete's care is aware of the necessary steps to take. During the preparation of these protocols, it is recommended to use the nursing coursework writing help to take into account all the requirements for the design of such documents.


Eddy De Smedt Acupuncture

Video of Eddy De Smedt with Team Astana

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Show Notes

  • Eddy De Smedt’s Start in Sports Acupuncture (4:03)
  • De Smedt with team Astana (06:40)
  • Acupuncture for Pro Cycling Teams (7:38)
  • De Smedt’s Astana Pro Cycling acupuncture treatment routine (8:22)
  • Tactical Acupuncture During the Tour (9:55)
  • DeSmit’s Treatment Protocol (14:31)
  • Regulating HPA Axis (16:02)
  • De Smedt’s Two Treatment Protocols Specific Points (17:06)
    • Recovery/HPA Axis: LR 3, SP 6, ST 36, LI4, DU20, Thalamus point (halfway between DU24 and Yin Tang)
    • Standard Protocol (Chronic Fatigue/Fibromyalgia): LU7/PC6, KD6, BL62 SI3/TW5, KD 3 BI L
  • Most Common Cycling Injuries (23:41)
  • Whit Reaves’ Korean Constitution M1 Type Cyclists (25:06)
  • De Smedt’s Knee Treatment Protocol (29:27)
  • E-Stim (31:35)
  • Insurance for Acupuncture in Belgium (34:40)
  • Dry Needling Debate (36:58)
  • Closing Remarks (40:08)
  • Alex Outro (40:30)