A pair of stories from the October 26, 2002
Dallas Morning News and the October 28, 2002 Fort Worth Star-Telegram,
report how chiropractic care is helping professional football players such
as Emmitt Smith, play longer with less injuries. The story notes that Smith
is only five foot nine inches and weighs only 212 pounds but has missed only
seven regular season games, and only four on account of injury. Because of
this longevity and ability to remain relatively injury free Emmitt Smith has
become the National Football League's all-time leader in yards rushing.
Early in his career Smith did not have the work ethic
that the team though he should have. He was also suffering from a nagging
hamstring injury. He then decided to turn things around. He told the Fort
Worth Star-Telegram, " After that season, I decided to invest in me, to keep
me going." He went on to say, "You can have a Ferrari body, but your wheels
need balancing. I felt if I took care of my body, I could still function
when I got older."
Smith now believes so much in chiropractic that he asked
his chiropractor to relocate his practice closer to the practice field.
Presently Emmitt sees his chiropractor, Dr. Rob Parker two or three times
per week. His chiropractor even flies with the team to take care of Emmitt,
and a number of other players right up till game-time.
Emmitt Smith, a professional athlete who has first hand
knowledge of the benefits of chiropractic concluded by saying, "Some of it
may seem hokey to some people, but if you traveled where I've traveled, done
what I've done and seen the results that I've been getting, then you'd
understand where I'm coming from."