The game of football can be hard on the body. And each player typically has a unique set of aches and pains associated with what position they play on field:
Quarterback – throwing shoulder
Offensive lineman – elbows and back
Wide receiver – legs and shoulders
Defensive lineman – back
Running back – hamstrings
Not to mention other related injuries such as concussions, early on-set arthritis, etc., The coaches of players invest in the athletes performance by using the latest in technology and via reputable physicians but many players request to incorporate acupuncture into their routine.
Acupuncture is the use of thin needles inserted into specific points on the body to help relieve sports injury symptoms by decreasing swelling, pain, bruising, and spasm all while helping to improve mobility, recovery time, and general well-being. Many athletes use acupuncture to enhance their performance on the field.
In 1993, Troy Aikmen, player for the Dallas Cowboys, pulled his hamstring in a game against New York Giants. Aikmen said he would use acupuncture to help speed up his recovery so that he could play in the next week game against Phoenix. Many “players have had success with acupuncture” says Aikmen. Other advocates of acupuncture like Jeremy Shockey (New Orleans Saints Tight end), Matt Hasselbeck (Seattle Seahawks Quarterback), and Patrick Kerney (Seahawks defender) says “there are a lot of muscles that are hard to stretch, acupuncture hits those and releases them and makes you feel better.” James Farrior (Pittsburgh Linebacker) says “I’m not the same if I don’t have it. It’s like getting the game plan. You can’t go into the week without either one.” Baltimore Ravens Donte’ Stallworth said “I was talking to Jeremy Shockey, and he told me he was getting acupuncture two and three times a week when he had a similar injury, and he felt like it helped him more than anything else he did. I’ve been doing that as well.”
With acupuncture growing in popularity amongst players and coaches, it is no doubt that it will become a standard of care for athletes all over. If you have any questions and would like to know more about how acupuncture can help injuries, please visit Texas Acupuncture Clinic or visit us at our Facebook page at Tiffany Chiu at Texas Acupuncture Clinic
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