In a recent issue of The Tower, December 2006 Logan Doctor of Chiropractic graduate Josh Akin, DC, spoke about his career as the team chiropractor for the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cubs as well as being the founder and clinical director of Chicago Chiropractic & Sports Medicine.
In honor of the beginning of the 2017 MLB season, Dr. Akin spoke about his experience working with the Cubs during their World Series victory and what he looks forward to this season.
Last Fall, the Chicago Cubs ended the season as World Series Champions. What was it like to be a part of a team that made sports history?
"It was an amazing experience to say the least. While, I am not on the road for the regular season, I traveled to the away games in the playoffs. The atmosphere in the stadiums, both home and road, was unreal and I feel so fortunate to have been able to experience it from that perspective.
Game 7 was what seemed like an entire playoff run all in that one night. To see the whole year of work, for everyone involved, come down to that level of drama was seemingly fitting and thankfully we came out on the right side. I saw the game from the stands, in the first handful of innings, and then the clubhouse and the level of excitement, was like nothing I had been part of prior."
How is chiropractic care a critical tool for injury prevention and performance improvement?
"As far as “care,” the biggest thing to address is the volume increase that time of year. Nothing is different in terms of treatment approach, however it is important to stay proactive with tools to help the players ahead of anything as the volume of games reaches such a high level. The full-time staff does an amazing job utilizing all of our tools (cryotherapy chambers, hyperbaric chambers, sensory deprivation tanks, etc. as well as all hands-on) I just truly try to be available if necessary. "
As the 2017 baseball season officially opens, what are the top three goals for keeping the Cubs in top condition?
"In returning for this season, I think with the shorter off-season it is most important to get into a routine of body maintenance for these guys. Compared to some years, this off-season, was up to 6 to 7 weeks shorter so making sure we are heading into 2017 as prepared as possible. We utilize the same proactive thinking process that I do in the clinic. The more we can screen, assess and hopefully catch to work on prior to any injury occurring is the absolute key. We will always have to deal with the unforeseen but the better we can prepare that player to tolerate the next season and its demand, ideally the fewer issues that will arise. "
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