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Sports Chiropractor Travels To Seven World Cups, More Than 80 Countries And Six Continents

George Billauer’s life was forever altered by another man’s bad back.

That happened 27 years ago, when Billauer was a high school soccer coach and chiropractor, two professions then considered just a step above cult leader. The U.S. national team was playing in Southern California and John Doyle’s sore spine was not responding to traditional treatment.

Two teammates who had been patients of Billauer offered his phone number.

“I had known the skepticism of medical doctors to what I do,” Billauer remembers of his first meeting with Bert Mandelbaum, the team orthopedist. “So I started to explain myself and he right away stopped me and says, ‘Look, our medical staff is a team. We need you as part of the team. I know what you can do. Let’s get to work.’ ”

“I had known the skepticism of medical doctors to what I do,” Billauer remembers of his first meeting with Bert Mandelbaum, the team orthopedist. ”So I started to explain myself and he right away stopped me and says, ‘Look, our medical staff is a team. We need you as part of the team. I know what you can do. Let’s get to work.”

Billauer has been on the job ever since, traveling to seven World Cups, more than 80 countries and six continents with nothing more binding than a handshake for a contract.

“I’ve never had a written agreement,” said Billauer, wearing a blue U.S. Soccer track suit and sitting in the sun-splashed lobby of the team’s resort hotel in Orlando last month. “It’s all verbal agreements. And for all those years, it was assumed that I would be at a game.”

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