Dr. Richard Fox
BIOGRAPHYDr. Richard Fox graduated Cleveland Chiropractic College Los Angeles in 1983. In 1987, he started his post-doctoral work in athletic injuries. In 1992, Dr. Fox was in the first graduating class for the Diplomate of American Board of Chiropractic Sports Physicians, and honored as the 16th person in the world to receive the Diplomate status. From 1990 to present day, he continues to work with elite, world-class, USA Olympic medalists, and professional athletes. In 1990, he started working with the medical tent of the Association of Volleyball Professionals (AVP). He was involved with the AVP from 1990 to 1995 and from 2005 to 2010, and presented an award for dedication and service. From 1995 to 2005, he moved up to the state of Washington, where he lived in community practicing Chiropractic part-time and doing meditation, service, organic farming, and helping with the home schooling of the community children. From 2006 to present, Dr. Fox has been serving as Director of Medical Services for the Los Angeles Derby Dolls, an all women’s professional banked track roller derby team.
In 2011, Dr. Fox served as the doctor for Team USA Roller Derby in the first World Cup of Roller Derby, held in Toronto, Canada. He is currently a featured and guest sports injury columnist for Blood and Thunder and Five on Five magazines, respectively. A former faculty member at Southern California University of Health Sciences, Dr. Fox served as an Assistant Professor in Clinical Sciences supervising interns in patient care. He remains as Associate Faculty, offering Chiropractic interns a private practice rotation in sports injuries and acute trauma, with the Los Angeles Derby Dolls.
Dr. Fox currently practices in Arcadia CA, in his private practice WeeeFun Chiropractic and teaches Tai Chi classes for developmentally delayed children at WeeeFunTherapy for Children, (where Fun comes First!). Here he works in conjunction with Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists and an Acupuncturist in what they consider the first all CAM (Complimentary Alternative Medicine) approach to children with Special Needs. At WeeeFun they focus on working with infants, toddlers and children up to about age 13 who may be Autistic, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Hemipeligic or a variety of other conditions where lack of physical development may delay their cognitive development.
As a result of his involvement with contact sports he sees a lot of knee injuries, most commonly, Anterior Cruciate Ligament tears, Meniscus tears, Contusion’s, Patellofemoral pain syndrome, sprain/strains to various ligaments. After treating a variety and multitude of these knee injuries, Dr. Fox had an athlete with a torn ACL and competition in two weeks. Dr. Fox created and tried a “tab” tape application using Leukotape and followed the hamstring insertions. When leaving a Derby Doll bout one night, Dr. Fox thought this would be so much more convenient if the athlete could just put on a knee brace with this tape application on the brace.
Over the next two years, Dr. Fox studied knee movement as well as knee braces. Based on his observation of movement, his 25 years of soft tissue techniques and how muscle tonicity affects joint mobility as well as his observation of Nature always trying to maintain balance, he designed and patented an athletic protective knee brace. This led to the formation of his company Dynamic Bracing Designs. Inspired by the number of knee injuries, he started looking at various braces for skaters. He noticed a very primitive approach in the hinge and rod brace, the bulkiness of the graphite brace, and wondered, “Why is no one following what Nature created?” With that in mind, he began designing and developing a protective and supportive knee brace which reproduced how the muscles of the knee function. Utilizing lightweight materials to create a knee sleeve, he then added a flexible protective laminate in the form of flaps to help strengthen and protect the knee but allow the athlete full mobility.
Due to the elite level of athletes that Dr. Fox works with, he knew his brace demanded a high level of quality control, as injury has to be kept to a minimum for a successful season. With that in mind, and the state of the current economy, Dr. Fox insisted that this brace be made in the United States. With the help of one of his mentor’s, Dr. Joseph Horrigan and good friends, such as E.J.”Doc” Kreis, Luc Robitaille, the Los Angeles Derby Dolls, this brace has been tried and tested and is now being used in College Football, Olympic Speed Skating and Roller Derby. One of the most common statements he hears from athletes using the brace is, “I love the lightweight, flexibility, support and protection this brace gives me, I can do a full squat with no pain, and feel completely supported”. The protective nature of the laminate allows impacts of full weighted knee drops on concrete, with no forces going through the knee.