Dr. Richard Ulm
Currently the head treating physician and owner of the Columbus Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Center in Columbus, Ohio, Dr. Richard Ulm came to the medical profession after a successful carreer as an athlete and a strength and conditioning coach. In his practice, he blends his athletic and coaching background with his medical knowledge to offer patient-specific care utilizing the most progressive and advanced therapy tools around.
Dr. Ulm started his path towards Athlete-Enhancement at Ashland University, a small university in Ohio, where he had the honor of training under a 4x Olympian Jud Logan. Known for having some of the strongest athletes in track and field, Jud exposed Dr. Ulm to elite strength training. It was in Ashland where he got the passion for strength training and for optimizing athletes’ performances.
After college, Dr. Ulm continued to train with the hopes of representing the United States of America in the Olympics as a hammer thrower. While training for the 2000 and 2004 Olympic games, Dr. Ulm achieved a Masters of Science and started coaching track and field. During this time, he also began his strength & conditioning carreer. It was as a strength coach where he first became passionate about biomechanics, anatomy, and functional assessment as means of enhancing his ability to train athletes.
Once his Master’s of Science was complete, Dr. Ulm went back to Ashland, Ohio to dedicate full time to training for the 2004 Olympic games. While his ultimate mission did not come to fruition, he had the honor and pleasure of training with four future Olympians and competing at the 2004 Olympic Track & Field Trials in Sacramento, CA. Training with such an elite group has given Dr. Ulm insight into the mind of elite athletes and coaches, enabling him to better treat, train and educate this specialized population.
Following his passion to be an elite strength & conditioning coach, he took a job at New Mexico State University as both a strength and a track and field coach. It was here where his carreer path could take a violent turn. During his time in New Mexico, Dr. Ulm started asking deeper questions which untimately lead him into the medical prefession. He wondered why some athletes chronicallypulled their hamstrings or why an athlete would shift to one side in the bottom of a squat; why some athletes responded better to higher repetition loading and others to low rep/high intensity loading; or why some athletes could easily squat to bellow parallel while others could not. Unable to find the answers to many of these questions in the strength trainning cummunity, he decided to go to school to become a Chiropractic Physician where he would be able to study the science (anatomy, neurology, physiology, kinesiology) behind the practices and principles that we use in the weight room every day. Dr. Ulm attended National University of Health Sciences. During his time in school, he took more 500 continuing education courses and spent over 1,200 hours in the gross anatomy lab to answer the questions that lead him into the medical profession.
As a Chiropractic Physician he passionately seeks out the most advanced therapies and treatment approaches to maximise his ability to treat and train athletes. Perhaps biggest influence on his approach is Pavel Kolar of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) and the Prague School of Rehabilitation. In 2013 Dr. Ulm was able to train in the Czech Republic and become a certified therapist of DNS. Other influences are the Motion Palpation Institute, Robert Lardner, Ron Hruska of the Postural Restoration Institute, Greg Roskoff of Muscle Activation Technique and Tom Pervis of Resistance Training Specialist. In his office, Dr. Ulm blends these influences, treating and training athletes accross the full functional spectrum from surgery prevension to teaching an athlete how to properly squat or Olympic lift.
Dr. Ulm is also the head team physician for the Columbus Weightlifting Club where he works closely with head coach Mark Cannella and assistant coach Drew Dillon to help athletes such as Holley Mangold compete at the Olympic games.