Imagine every Sunday for 13 NFL seasons the trauma of playing professional football can have on the spine is equivalent to getting into 25 car accidents per week. The pounding on the gridiron for NFL legend Jerome Bettis has taken a toll on his body. Jerome Bettis is one of the NFL’s greatest players. The future Hall of Famers’ résumé consists of a Super Bowl XL championship with the Pittsburgh Steelers; six time Pro Bowler; 1993 Rookie of theYear;NFL Comeback Player of theYear in 1996; fifth all-time leading rusher in the NFL; 2002 NFL Man of the Year, and now NBC commentator.
At a recent conference in Pittsburgh, Jerome Bettis discussed his career and the trauma the game of football had on his body.The average player plays three and a half years in the NFL. Bettis was able to sustain a career that lasted 13 seasons.Bettis credits much of his success and longevity in the league to a new technology in the chiropractic profession called the ProAdjuster. Bettis stated, “Every week my body was banged up like you wouldn’t believe.The ProAdjuster was able to get me back in shape to the point where I felt better, and when I felt better I played better.”
Today, athletes, their coaches, agents, athletic trainers, and medical doctors understand the importance of addressing traumas to the spine. Thirty-one NFL teams utilize the services of chiropractors as part of the triage in managing and preventing injuries. Most coaches agree that chiropractic care helps their athletes return to competition faster after an injury. The obvious benefits of chiropractic care for athletes can be seen by such advocates as Jerry Rice. The goal with the ProAdjuster is to keep athletes more mobile, flexible, feeling better, and performing at their optimum level.
Jerome has been successful off the field as well. He started “The Bus Stops Here” Foundation to help improve the overall quality of life for troubled and underprivileged children. By surrounding children with role models, opportunity, and resources, he wants to let children know that anything is possible with hard work and determination. In 1997, Jerome received the “Pittsburgh Dapper Dan Man of the Year Award” for his work on social issues in the community. Jerome continues his campaign for community involvement with continued support of various programs and endless work by his Foundation. He was acknowledged by the league for his work and named “2002 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year.”
Whether you are a professional, collegiate, high school, or recreational athlete, your body and spine takes a pounding with the nature of your sport. This can cause a number of conditions from neck and back pain; shoulder, hip, and knee pain; headaches; numbness and tingling; and muscle strains. Visit our website to read our patient success stories and how we’ve helped scores of Augusta residents with their health needs.
This article was contributed by Dr. Peter Joffe, D.C.
Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic successfully treats a wide range of conditions, including sports injuries. Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic is one of the few clinics in the Augusta area certified to treat extremities, such as a knee, ankle, or wrist, using the most widely researched protocol in the chiropractic industry, the Activator Protocol. Click here to watch the story of a local Augusta GA athlete and how they incorporated their chiropractic care into their training regimen.
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