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Leonard Schroeder

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Dr. Leonard W. Schroeder

Leonard W. Schroeder, ATC(hon.), DC, CCSP
Born June 10, 1021
Nationality American
Education Chiropractic
Alma mater National College of Chiropractic
Occupation Chiropractic Physician Administrator, Teacher
Years active 1949 - Present
Home town Roselle, IL
Known for Founding the ACA Sports Council
Title Physician, (DC)
Spouse(s) Elaine Planck (dec)

Leonard Schroeder, ATC (Hon), DC, CCSP, was born on June 10, 1921, to Paul and Anna Schroeder. He is a 1949 graduate of National College of Chiropractic, where he later served nine years on the Board of Trustees. He is notable for having founded the ACA Sports Council in 1972. A graduate of National College of Chiropractic, he had been working with Roller Derby Skaters in the Chicago area, and realized the need for better training in sports chiropractic, when he witnessed a trainer manipulating an athlete. The ACA has a policy that to form a new Council, one must get 50 members; so Dr. Schroeder went to an ACA Congress, and approached everyone he knew to give him just one dollar for dues; thus they could truthfully tell the ACA Board of Governors that they had the requisite number of members. The Council was authorized and he was elected President. He served as President for fourteen years, until 1986, when he was replaced in a blitz election by Robert Hazel, DC.

He was Team doctor for a time, for the Chicago Cardinals. During his career, he also treated the Philadelphia

In 1979, he was present at a meeting at Englewood Hospital, organized by Dr. Stephen Press of Englewood, NJ, with the Chairman of the US Olympic Sports Medicine Council, Irving Dardik, MD. That meeting resulted in the creation of a Chiropractic program at the USOC; and the sending to the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid of Dr. George Goodheart.

Dr. Schroeder was married to the former Elaine Plank, who passed in 1995. There were no children.

Halls of Fame

Dr. Schroeder was elected to the:

  • Illinois Athletic Trainer's Hall of Fame [2]; and the,
  • Athletics Hall of Fame at Luther North High School [3], where he volunteered for many years as their trainer.


See Also

Wiki Article on How Chiropractic Got Into the Olympic Games