After having a disappointing season in a higher level division, the team decided to drop down one level. The following season did not end with much better results. Injuries, some unfilled positions, and possibly a lack of confidence led to a second season with 0 wins! Several players came to our clinic seeking treatment for injuries, primarily knee pain, low back pain, and ankle sprains. I had the pleasure of treating many of these athletes alongside Dr. Frank He. One such case involved a traumatic knee injury. Suspecting that it was more serious than the patient thought, we had to utilize our medical community and promptly sent her for imaging. Sure enough, she had an ACL tear that would require surgery. Sadly, even with acupuncture she would not be playing the next season.
After the first two very close games, my new team had its first win! This after losing 23 games straight from their previous two seasons!!! What a celebration! Game 5 our point guard showed up with acute torticollis, AKA, a stiff neck. She woke up the morning of game day unable to turn her head. The symptoms only continued to worsen throughout the day. Well, we wouldn’t have another win without one of our key players, so my medical expertise was necessary once again, this time courtside. A quick pre game assessment showed me that she had a muscles spasm, which I could treat with massage and stretching. Fortunately, I was able to treat her right then and there. Warming up, loosening up, and playing the game, I surmised would take care of the rest. This assessment was correct and here we were, with only 6 players that evening, taking home our second victory! This was a major milestone in proving to the team that we could win with the skill set and talents that we collectively possessed. Of course, it never would have been possible with a point guard who couldn’t turn her head. Now we are in our 10th week and have a record of 6-4 (wins-losses) and are headed to the playoffs! Our spirits are high and things are looking good. Team building, confidence building, community building, wellness building. That is what we do here at HeCares. Glad to be part of the team.
Leia Sutton-Barnes, L. Ac.