by Michael Dorausch, DC
Original Story Here
The New York Yankees and chiropractic have been in the news the past few weeks thanks to major-league baseball player Johnny Damon. In most recent news, the New York Times reported earlier this week that the Yankees would be hiring a team chiropractor, apparently on the advice of Johnny Damon.
There were several articles circulating in the news about Johnny Damon and the chiropractic care he has been receiving in Orlando, Florida. According to Damon, his chiropractor is amazing. The New York Yankees center field ballplayer hopes his chiropractic care will translate into better results on the field, not only for himself, but for his team.
This wouldn’t be the first time the New York Yankees have utilized the team chiropractor. Back in May of 1934, a magazine from the National Chiropractic Association featured a front-page photo of New York Yankees team chiropractor (Dr. Painter) working with a ballplayer, with Babe Ruth watching on. I don’t know if there’s any truth of this, but I once heard that at the time, the New York Yankees asked the New York Daily News to keep quiet about the Yankees having a team chiropractor, which was from the 1920s to the 1930s. Apparently, they wanted to maintain a competitive edge by keeping the chiropractic care a secret. Perhaps coincidentally, the Yankees recorded their best season ever (1927 – World Champions) and won four World Championships (1923, 1927-1928, 1932) during the time of Dr. Erie Painter, chiropractor.
According to various news reports, Johnny Damon has not spent a single day on baseball’s disabled list during his lengthy playing career. You can visit the official Johnny Damon web site at johnnydamon.net to view his bio, long list of awards and records, as well as some very impressive statistics.
PLAY BALL! Chiropractic Adjustments Keep Boston Red Sox Organization Physically Fit Throughout the Baseball Season
BOSTON & CARMICHAEL, Calif. (BUSINESS WIRE)
Thanks to an integrated medical team of orthopedists and internists, certified athletic trainers, chiropractors, massage and physical therapists, the Boston Red Sox organization actively practices injury prevention in anticipation of a winning season in 2007. Competing at an exceptionally high level, both players and staff cover all their bases when it comes to maintaining optimal health, with chiropractic adjustments contributing to the overall fitness of the organization.
According to Michael D. Weinman, DC, Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) and a member of the medical team who provides chiropractic care for three to four hours prior to the first pitch of about two-thirds of all home games, “When the body’s joints, muscles and nerves are well-conditioned, a player performs at the top of his game and is able to stave off nagging injuries. Chiropractic adjustments enhance physical health and promote top performance.”
Jim Rowe, a certified athletic trainer who has served as head team trainer and is currently the medical operations coordinator for the past two years for the Boston Red Sox explains, “Chiropractic care is part of the overall healthcare approach and provides yet another service to our players. Dr. Weinman does not do everything — but what he does, he does best. We intend to continue offering this service which is valued by active team members of every age.”
With a demanding schedule that includes seven weeks of spring training, 162 games, and potentially weeks of play-off games or a World Series, Rowe cites the importance of keeping players in top physical condition for every game as well as between games.
“Once the season gets into swing, players are traveling on late night flights, falling asleep on a bus or airplane, or sleeping in different hotel beds,” says Rowe. Rowe has worked in the Minor Leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers for five years, then one year in Pawtucket, then 11 years as head trainer for the Boston Red Sox before becoming their medical operations coordinator. “This type of schedule takes a toll on the body, and chiropractic adjustments help across-the-board. We find that chiropractic adjustments can play an important role in injury prevention and can be effective for acute injuries as well as in-between games.”
Dr. Weinman, a member of The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing public awareness of the benefits of chiropractic, adds, “A baseball player’s body is put to the test both on and off the field. Given these intense physical demands, accompanied by the pressure to win, players value an integrated medical approach that includes chiropractic adjustments.”
He says that the most common problems among baseball players are rotator cuff injuries, neck, mid-back and lower back conditions, as well as hamstring pulls, which occur from running full out from a standstill position.
“Chiropractors would adjust the involved joint to keep it mobile, reduce inflammation and break-up adhesions,” explains Dr. Weinman. “With the Red Sox I get to work with physical therapists, trainers and strength and conditioning staff, to provide the best care and to maintain the highest level of health and wellness for all the athletes and staff.”