The above is the headline from an article which appeared on September 6, 2013, on the Toronto Star news website. The article features former NHL hockey player Gary Roberts who explains how chiropractic saved his professional hockey career.
When Roberts was 30 years old and a left winger for the Calgary Flames, he suffered a neck injury that left him with severe nerve damage and numbness in his arms. Even after repeated surgeries and rehab he was no better. “I couldn’t hold a steak knife to cut my food,” he recalls. “My career was over. I was a pretty lost soul.”
Then in 1996, Roberts decided to see a chiropractor. The end result was not only did he recover from his injury, but he continued to play professional hockey for another 13 years.
Roberts stated in the article how he felt when describing his recovery with chiropractic, “It saved my life.” He went on in the article to explain, “[Whether] you’re a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, the results are the same – your body gets beaten up. Chiropractors have taken sports to a new level.”
Dr. John Theodoropoulos, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, was also quoted in the article talking about athletes’ affinity for chiropractic care, “Everyone is high-level, everyone takes sports seriously now.” He continued, “When athletes refer to their doctor, their doctor is usually a doctor of chiropractic.”
Other sports and athletes have also recognized the value of chiropractic for high level performance. It was reported on September 3, 2013, in Chiropractic Economics that Logan College of Chiropractic has been named the official chiropractic college of the NFL Rams.
“The St. Louis Rams are proud to partner with Logan University, one of the nation’s leaders in chiropractic education,” said Bob Reif, executive vice president of the St. Louis Rams. “Chiropractic treatments are essential to the health and wellness of our Rams players and Logan alumnus, Dr. Mike Murphy, has been treating our world-class athletes for several years. With this partnership, we are pleased to deepen our relationship with one of the most prestigious schools in chiropractic education.”