Masters, U.S. and British Open Golf Champion
Zach Johnson, Champion Golfer of the Year in the 144th British Open held in July, is the son of a chiropractor. "Zach has been receiving chiropractic care his entire life," said his father, David Johnson, DC, a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic who notes that his son continues to receive regular adjustments while on and off the PGA Tour.
"Throughout his professional career, Zach has relied on chiropractic to help prevent, manage, and treat the wide array of injuries that athletes are susceptible to, and to help keep his body functioning at its best."
The PGA Tour chiropractor, Troy Van Biezen, DC, notes that "over the years, chiropractic care has become a foundational healthcare element offered to amateur and professional athletes, including golfers, to help alleviate pain and prepare the body for peak athletic performance.
Regular chiropractic care helps to maintain proper postural balance, reduce the risk of injury, and improve recovery time and overall health."
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress is moving forward with its Champions of Chiropractic campaign to include Zach Johnson and also the 2015 Masters Tournament and U.S. Open winner, Jordan Spieth, noting that with growing evidence of the dangers of short and long-term pain medication, the chiropractic profession is the largest health provider group offering nonpharmaceutical care with a record of cost savings and high patient satisfaction scores.
2015 Masters Tournament Winner, Jordan Spieth, Credits Chiropractic Care for Good Health and Peak Performance
CARMICHAEL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Following a record-breaking win at the 2015 Masters Tournament, 21-year-old Jordan Spieth recognized those who significantly contributed to his victory, including his doctor of chiropractic Troy Van Biezen, Dallas, Texas. Since the age of 14, Spieth has relied upon chiropractic care to prevent injuries as well as optimize overall health and athletic performance.
“Dr. Van Biezen is an important member of my team and, thanks to his care, my all-time dream of winning the Masters Tournament has now become a reality,” states Jordan Spieth.
Noting that four out of five golfers experience back pain as a result of repetitive swinging, Dr. Van Biezen says, “Since a very young age, Jordan has aspired to win the Masters and has since applied great discipline to achieve this goal. Many athletes, and especially golfers, understand the significance to spinal and pelvic motion to functional performance.”
Dr. Van Biezen presently travels full-time with Spieth and several other professional golfers, providing chiropractic care once or twice daily.
“Jordan finds that an individualized chiropractic care plan including prevention and recovery-focused techniques is essential for maintaining good health and a competitive edge,” he adds.
Experts at the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the value of chiropractic care, assert that doctors of chiropractic (DCs) play a key role in sports health care for male and female athletes of all ages. In particular, DCs provide hands-on care that helps to improve range of motion, flexibility, muscle strength and other key performance factors, as well as counsel on nutrition, exercise and lifestyle practices.
“Regular chiropractic care helps to alleviate back pain and greatly improve an athlete’s game,” states Dr. Van Biezen, a graduate of Parker University. “Back pain is the most common complaint among golfers, but isn’t the only pain experienced. Neck, shoulder, elbow and hip pain are also common complaints among golfers of all ages. Regular chiropractic care offers an effective non-pharmacologic solution for golfers seeking to rid themselves of pain and properly prepare for a successful and enjoyable game.”