Athletes are consistently reaching for new heights in their sports. With each passing year, new records are shattered and the human body is pushed to its limits. Everyday athletes follow suit by pushing themselves harder, choosing rigorous training patterns, and taking their diets to new levels. Despite the meticulous care and training that athletes take on, they often experience chronic overuse and injury. A specialist in Specific Care is as important to an athlete as Cardiologists are to those who suffer with cardiovascular disease.

  1. DON’T JUST GET ONE OPINION.

Most athletes receive treatment from a medical doctor, orthopedist, or a physical therapist and often times find themselves either benched, or taking pain medication. When I broke my ankle in the pole vault my senior year of college, I was devastated. All I could think about was, “All of my hard work just went down the drain.” But little did I realize, the next 6 weeks would bring a fast recovery, a recovery many thought was impossible.

I had a foundation of a healthy functioning nerve system that ensured a faster healing response, and that was what enabled me to compete in my last meet on a healed ankle when everyone else told me my career was done. Now, athletes come to my office with conditions like scoliosis, frozen shoulder, and concussion trauma. I help them get back on the court, field, and track faster with Specific Care then they would by getting steroid injections, or being put in a brace for weeks and going through rigorous therapies.

  1. DON’T CHOOSE A SPORT BASED ON POPULARITY

Often times kids are torn by dividing their talents between two sports that they love. This happened to me. I was a gymnast, and I had been one for 10 years prior to my introduction to pole vault. I was bound and determined to be a Georgia Gym Dawg! As it turns out, the better option for me was to excel in pole vault. Pole vault is what paid for college. I had no other option then to commit all of my time,energy, and effort into pole vault. I see so many kids try too many sports or a sport that is more popular, and they end up with nothing but a trophy in the end.

  1. NOT GETTING YOUR NERVE SYSTEM CHECKED

This is how I stayed on top and ahead of my competition. If it wasn’t for specific upper cervical care during my gymnastics days in high school and my pole vaulting years in college, I know my performance and recovery time would have suffered and probably wouldn’t have led to a scholarship. I suffered very few injuries as an athlete, yet I was a participant in very extreme sports where injury was almost a guarantee.

It has been said that our office at The Specific Chiropractic Center most closely relates to the needs of the athlete, especially when it comes to performance and injury prevention. Special attention to the function of the nerve system utilizing infrared thermography is the missing link that will help an athlete soar to new heights and become a champion. It might even help pay for college like it did mine.

Don’t wait until it’s too late – get checked today with Dr. Wells by calling 678.805.7344.

EDITORS NOTE: (Dr. Wells coaches at Pole Vault Atlanta at Emory’s Track and Field in Atlanta, where the team is proud to coach the 2nd highest high school women’s vaulter in the nation with a jump of 13’3. Dr. Wells best vault was 12’6 in college, earning a 4 year scholarship.)