Dr. Alejandro Elorriaga Claraco MD, Sports Medicine Specialist (Spain)– Program Director
Assistant Clinical Professor at the McMaster University Department of Anaesthesia.
Dr. Elorriaga has consulted in Sports Medicine for 33 years in Spain, Canada, and internationally, providing Performance Care and Injury Care to professional athletes and private clients. For the last 25 years, he has taught hundreds of postgraduate courses in Neurofunctional Acupuncture and the Functional Assessment & Manual Treatment of Musculoskeletal Problems and Sports Injuries. He has made professional presentations in Canada, the United States, Spain, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, and Ukraine.
Dr. Elorriaga has participated in numerous world class events such as the World Basketball Championships Bilbao 1989 (head physician Spanish Junior National team), Edmonton 1991 (head physician Spanish Junior National team), and Toronto 1994 (physician, hosting medical committee); the World University Games 1993; the World Judo Championship 1993; the World Track & Field Championships Seville 1999, Lisbon 2001, Edmonton 2001, Birmingham 2003, Paris 2003, Budapest 2004; and the Olympic Games Sidney 2000 (member of support medical team with Athletics Canada) and the Olympic Games Athens 2004 (private consultant). Additional experience includes being Team Physician of two first division professional basketball teams in Spain (1987-89, 1990-92), and a full-time position as the Medical Director of a government-sponsored high-performance training center in Spain (1990-93) taking full-time care of more than 100 young elite athletes.
Dr. Elorriaga’s scientific background includes over 13 years of research and practice in the areas of exercise physiology and Neurofunctional Electro-acupuncture. Since 1995, Dr. Elorriaga has been developing original Neurofunctional Electro-acupuncture and original Manual techniques for the integrated treatment of sports injuries and movement disorders, as well as the restoration and protection of athletic performance, a novel technical approach named Performance Care, currently adopted by many elite practitioners taking care of professional athletes.