January 10, 2019 -- When Jacob Stutz, DC (2015)
moved to Frisco, Texas, the first thing he did was drive to Toyota Stadium,
home of Major League Soccer team FC Dallas.
“I sat in the parking lot, thinking
about the chance to be just a small part of professional soccer,” he said. “Three
months after walking across the stage at Logan, I had no idea this would happen
to someone like me.”
Dr. Stutz is now wrapping up
his third season as team chiropractor for FC Dallas. He said the opportunity to
work with the team had nothing to do with connections―rather it was the result
of hard work, determination and the courage to ask.
“I walked in and asked if I
could offer the team my services,” he said. “After a long conversation with an athletic
trainer―where I had an impromptu patient treatment―they plugged me into the
rotation where I treated athletes several days a week. Following a short trial
period, the position was made official.”
Today, Dr. Stutz divides his time
between practicing at Frisco Family & Sport, where he cares for athletes of
all abilities, and FC Dallas, where he treats athletes before, during and after
games and practices. He also is on call for any immediate needs and often
treats athletes for visiting teams.
Dr. Stutz credits his Logan
education and years of playing soccer for helping build trust and credibility
with his patients. “I understand how they feel after an injury or practice, so
there’s a higher level of compassion as well as reporting and compliance from
the athletes,” he said.
Because many of the
international athletes speak little or no English or have never been exposed to
chiropractic, Dr. Stutz often uses his Spanish to educate and explain how
chiropractic can help. He enjoys this educational aspect of his job just as
much as treating patients. “I get to plant the seed and spread awareness of the
profession through education and care,” he said.
For someone who grew up playing
soccer and is still passionate about the sport, Dr. Stutz said he’s living a
dream. “It just shows that the answer is always ‘no’ until you ask.”