I have been away from my office for nearly two weeks, but it has been worth it. I have had the great pleasure of being one of only a few practitioners in an Acupuncture for Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program. One of the few Americans leading the way in the field of Chinese Sports Medicine, Whitfield Reaves, has designed this apprenticeship to share the vast knowledge he has gained over his 30 years of treating Olympic athletes. On the gorgeous Hawaiian island of Maui I have been absorbing as much as I can about treating sports injuries and enhancing athletic performance. I have treated many athletes over the years at Queen Anne Acupuncture, including marathoners, tri-athletes, snowboarders, soccer players, yoga instructors, circus performers and even a competitive fencer. I have had success with most of these patients, but I am always looking to improve my treatments and the speed with which my patients heal from injuries so they can get back to the activities they love. I have confidence that the needle techniques and the refinement of my knowledge of anatomy during this apprenticeship will carry over into the successful treatment of my patients when I get back to work next week and for years to come.