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Jocks and Chiropractic Care

There have been a number of recent high profile articles and references to world class athletes receiving chiropractic care.  On October 16, USA Today carried an extensive article about Emmitt Smith with the headline "Cowboys' Smith still runs ahead of time" with a tag line "Body maintenance key to longevity for backfield star." The article notes "Smith will head to his chiropractor." Smith himself commented, "I started doing this on a regular basis about four or five years ago. I believe what I am doing is helping me go on. I think Warren Moon does the same thing. So I've become a big, big believer in servicing my body and making sure it is lined up properly and functioning the way it should be on Sundays."

The San Francisco Chronicle ran an article a few days later under the headline "Considering the Alternative," which was a discussion of the use of alternative health care by professional athletes. "More and more professional athletes are embracing alternative health practices, forcing teams to acknowledge the effectiveness of everything from shark cartilage to chiropractic care." "Though more teams are acknowledging the effectiveness of acupuncture and chiropractic care, even these practices are considered too unusual for by some teams. The Chicago Bulls, for example, do not have a chiropractor on staff, so Scottie Pippen has to hire one on his own. In the NBA finals in June, Pippen received chiropractic care at least once during a game-only because he brought the chiropractor to the game." "Chiropractors are flown in at the player's expense," said Dr. Malcolm Conway, a chiropractor in Pennsylvania who works with wide receivers Rocket Ismail and Qadry Ismail and other professional athletes. "Athletes like Pippen are willing to pay for chiropractic care because they need to recover quickly from injuries and they believe chiropractic treatment has a good rate of success." I agree!

From: The Latest Stuff from Gerry by Gerald Clum, DC President of Life Chiropractic College-West. November 1998 issue (on-line):