Action Spine & Joint - May 2018

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A s the weather gets warmer, I start to see more athletes at the clinic. People want to get back outside, and they want to make sure their bodies are in the best shape to compete. Athletes are a common sight for us. I’ve helped high school tennis players, professional golfers, and everyone in between. I’m always happy to cheer on patients and help them achieve their goals. Just recently, one of my patients broke the world record for the 4X400-meter relay in his age group. GOING FOR GOLD Grady Cash’s running career started in the 1970s when he joined the Air Force. He tried his hand at long-distance running, though he said he “was never very good.” His personal bests in the half-mile, mile, and 3-mile events weren’t times to write home about. It wasn’t until “The wear and tear we face from aging mixed with the strain of repetitive athletic movement can take its toll on a person’s body fast.”

Breaking Records and Beating Goals

1997, while training for a marathon, that Grady realized he might not be a long-distance runner. After hearing about his times, a cross-country coach told Grady he should be a sprinter, not a distance runner. Grady decided to take his advice. At the Tennessee Senior Olympics, he won the 100- and 200-meter races, though he didn’t quite reach the national championship. Eventually, Grady settled on the 800-meter and 4x400-meter relay races, and since then, his career has been booming. It’s rare to find an athlete who hasn’t suffered an injury, and Grady is no exception. The wear and tear we face from aging mixed with the strain of repetitive athletic movement can take its toll on a person’s body fast. The high impact runners endure can be especially damaging. Grady struggled with chronic back problems and spinal pain for two years before he decided to come in and see what could be done about it. For athletes, the pain of injury comes with the added drawback of hindering their performance. Grady told me his back pain kept him from competing to the best of his abilities, and he was probably right. Within the first three weeks of treatment, Grady saw significant improvement — so much that, during his next event, Grady set the world record in his age group (70-plus) for the 4x400-meter relay race.

Grady once said, “At this point in life, my objective is to age slower than my competitors.”

Athletes at the older end of their age group are often at a disadvantage, because each year brings a greater decline in performance. For this reason, a 62-year-old has an advantage over a 68-year-old. Fortunately, chiropractic is all about slowing down the aging process.

Grady’s goal is to run today so he can still be running at 80, jogging at 90, and walking at 100. With luck, I’ll help him get there. Dr. Casey Bearden



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