On Sunday, October 24th, the reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers woke up with a stiff back just a few hours before he had to take the field for that afternoon’s football game against Washington. The Packers were 5-1 at the time and they rely heavily on their quarterback each game.
Rodgers was able to mitigate much of his soreness thanks to sports chiropractic care before the game. He went on to throw for 274 yards, 3 touchdowns, and no interceptions in their 24-10 win. Who did he give the credit to after the game?
“I do have to give a big shout-out to (athletic trainer) Nate Weir and (chiropractor) Mike Zoelle. I woke up this morning and my back was killing me” Rodgers said after the game.
This was not the first time the 3-time NFL MVP has utilized chiropractic while being a member of the Green Bay Packers. Rodgers has had a couple previous instances like this where he needed a chiropractic adjustment or spinal manipulation before a game to increase mobility and loosen some sore muscles.
In 2013, he woke up on game day having difficulty turning his head. He sought care from the team sports chiropractor to help get him ready for the game.
Ed Rodgers - Doctor of Chiropractic
Aaron’s dad, Ed Rodgers is a chiropractor himself. Ed was a former college football player that experienced the benefits of chiropractic firsthand during his playing days and it helped him recover from his own sport injuries.
“The structure of the human body, especially the spine, and its relationship to function can be impacted by the physical nature of accidents, falls, poor posture and injuries. That’s why chiropractic care is so valuable for many acute and chronic health problems,” said Dr. Ed Rodgers.
Aaron’s dad was there to help with his son’s first football injuries and regularly adjusted him. Aaron still finds tremendous value in it to this day.
“Performing at my best is important to me and should be to everyone. I am blessed that my dad is a chiropractor. Getting adjusted regularly along with practicing other good health habits that my mom helped me to establish are all part of my goal to win in life and on the field.” – Aaron Rodgers