By Michael Dorausch, D.C.
The New York Yankees and chiropractic have been in the news the past few weeks thanks to major-league baseball player Johnny Damon. In most recent news, the New York Times reported earlier this week that the Yankees would be hiring a team chiropractor, apparently on the advice of Johnny Damon.
There were several articles circulating in the news about Johnny Damon and the chiropractic care he has been receiving in Orlando, Florida. According to Damon, his chiropractor is amazing. The New York Yankees center field ballplayer hopes his chiropractic care will translate into better results on the field, not only for himself, but for his team.
This wouldn't be the first time the New York Yankees have utilized the team chiropractor. Back in May of 1934, a magazine from the National Chiropractic Association featured a front-page photo of New York Yankees team chiropractor (Dr. Painter) working with a ballplayer, with Babe Ruth watching on. I don't know if there's any truth of this, but I once heard that at the time, the New York Yankees asked the New York Daily News to keep quiet about the Yankees having a team chiropractor, which was from the 1920s to the 1930s. Apparently, they wanted to maintain a competitive edge by keeping the chiropractic care a secret. Perhaps coincidentally, the Yankees recorded their best season ever (1927 - World Champions) and won four World Championships (1923, 1927-1928, 1932) during the time of Dr. Erie Painter, chiropractor.
According to various news reports, Johnny Damon has not spent a single day on baseball's disabled list during his lengthy playing career. Planet Chiropractic would like to recognize and congratulate Johnny Damon, the New York Yankees management, and the entire Yankees organization, for their continued support and utilization of chiropractic care in the field of professional athletics.
You can visit the official Johnny Damon web site at johnnydamon.net to view his bio, long list of awards and records, as well as some very impressive statistics.
Here are some related news links: (note, news links die quickly - save files for off-line viewing if you are interested in these stories)
New York Times: YANKEES HIRE A CHIROPRACTOR
Major League Baseball: Damon grinding it out - Center fielder plans to visit personal chiropractor on Monday
Newsday: Damon says his back is 'feeing great' - Johnny Damon's work with his chiropractor in Orlando should keep him off the disabled list.
Yankees Notebook: Damon feeling better after chiropractic treatments