Santa Monica Classic, 3rd Place, September 13, 2015
Meet Dr. Paul
Dr. Paul Copeskey, DC, CCFC, is a Cum Laude graduate of the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic. He has a special certification in foot care and orthotics. Orthotics are custom fabricated in-shoe devises which raise dropped arches and align the foot properly under the knees and hips. They are not to be confused with arch supports or over-the-counter shoe insoles which are largely cushioning devices. Orthotics are correction devices which improve the function of the full foot and create a more symmetrical and efficient walking and running stride. Dr. Copeskey has constructed more than 5,000 pairs of Custom Orthotics and has been issued a U.S. patent for the unique over-the-counter fitting methodology he developed to bridge the gap between the $25.00 store-bought and $1,500 doctor-prescribed custom orthotics.
Dr. Copeskey has published numerous articles in various sports and medical publications and been on several local television newscasts in Los Angeles, San Diego, and Coachella Valley. He was selected to participate in a Rand Corporation study validating chiropractic care and continues to engage in pioneering research along with his friend and sports medicine colleague, Bert Mandelbaum, MD.
Being a competitive athlete himself gives Dr. Copeskey an unique perspective as a specialist in the field of sports injuries and medicine. His knowledge of the medical and biomechanical functions of the body, and his own daily running and athletic participation, have provided him with a wide-range body of knowledge and expertise in analyzing and treating his patients. His daily running in the Santa Monica or San Jacinto Mountains is a challenging regime in an environment that includes "Baja 1000-like" terrain, jumping over rattlesnakes, dodging novice mountain bikers, narrow paths with steep cliffs and being alert for the omni-present mountain lion and Bighorn rams. His special injury-prevention foot and ankle sprain taping techniques, along with his orthotics and "beastly-type" running shoes, have allowed him to run pain and injury-free for the better part of the last 40 years. He runs and podiums in multiple races each year.
Dr Copeskey readily shares his knowledge gained as a practicing doctor and athlete because of his profound love of wellness, health, and fitness. His accolades, teaching requests, appointments, research projects, and staff doctor referrals are the result of his enthusiasm for, and understanding of, how sports, fitness and health must be integrated for optimum success.
Dr. Copeskey is a member of the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic pre and post-graduate program. In 1977, Dr. Copeskey started his sports medicine career as a massage therapist for Burbank High School football team. In 1982, he became team doctor for the Tinley/Avia Pro Triathlon Team and oversaw the first chiropractic/massage team that provided pre and post event care at the Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii - a team that has now grown to include more than 100 chiropractors and 300 massage therapists. In 1982 he also became team doctor for the San Diego Soccers Pro indoor soccer team and, in 1984, for the Kawasawki Motocross Team.
In 1992, Dr. Copeskey moved from San Diego to Los Angeles and now has private practices in both cities. In 1993, he became team doctor for Track West, a team of elite Olympic development men and women track and field athletes based in Santa Monica. He was also invited to join the instructor staff of the AAF/CIF Coaching Program, a series of regional clinics designed to enhance the expertise of Southern California's high school coaches in a variety of sports. Over the past 15 years, he has lectured more than five thousand coaches on how to prevent and treat the most common running-related injuries to coaches who in turn have benefited more than a million young athletes in their charge.
In 2006, Dr Copeskey created the Southern California Sports Medicine Support Group - a coalition of elite local physicians, chiropractors, physical therapists, massage therapists, and athletic trainers dedicated to providing Southern California USA Track and Field sanctioned events with the best and most comprehensive medical support possible.