Elite Athletes Benefit from Chiropractic
From the May 19, 2006 issue
of the Lawrence Journal-World from Lawrence, Kansas comes a story of a
chiropractor, Dr. Michael Stuart, who has won the trust of some elite track
and field athletes. One in particular is Justin Gatlin, who is the world’s
fastest man. According to the article, Gatlin, tied the world record
in the 100-meter dash less than a month after getting his neck, middle back
and lower back adjusted by the chiropractor.
Stuart started caring for Gatlin, Maurice Greene and other top notch athletes
during the Kansas Relays. Director of the event, Tim Weaver is the one who
facilitated Dr. Stuarts entrance into the event. Weaver, a former track
athlete, had been a patient of Stuart for over a year, stated the importance
of chiropractic for these athletes by saying, “These athletes, their body is
everything, and getting it to perform at a high level is everything."
He went on to stress how chiropractic helps the athletes perform, "They’ve
taken their bodies to extremes and are doing things on the edge of what
evolution is meant to do here in 2006. They’re constantly looking for things
to keep their bodies moving, and this is another way to keep that engine
It was sprinter Maurice
Greene who originally requested that Dr. Stuart come help him at the event.
According to the story, it was not long before word started to spread among
other professional athletes that a chiropractor was around.
Weaver tells the story, “They
liked him so much they brought him back the next day. He’s working on once
and future world-record holders, and that’s of great value to the meet. It
gives us the added respect, that the Kansas Relays takes better care of
superstars than any other meet in the U.S.”
Dr. Michael Stuart, pictured
left, with sprinter Justin Gatlin before the Gold Zone II competition at the