NBA Star Attributes Longevity to Team Chiropractor

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

What is the secret to John Stockton’s continued success on the NBA basketball court at age 40? “A Good Chiropractor,” says Doug Smith, sports reporter for the Toronto Star. That is certainly no secret to those living a chiropractic lifestyle, but to some, the wonders of chiropractic are still a secret yet to be discovered.

John Stockton of the Utah Jazz and team chiropractor Craig Buhler have been in the media spotlight as John recently turned 40 years old. According to sports reporter Doug Smith, only 10 players in the NBA have played past their 40th birthdays. John Stockton joined the ranks last week when the Utah Jazz beat the Houston Rockets. Many, including Dr. Buhler, feel that John is not only doing well at 40, he is at the top of his game.

What does John Stockton have to say about chiropractic and his chiropractor? According to Doug Smiths report, “I’m not a good enough expert on what that (chiropractic) entails, but it’s not just adjustments, it’s balancing muscles and overall health.” John added that, “it’s been great for me, and for my family.”

According to sports reporter Tim Buckley, the fact remains that the now 40 year old Stockton is doing what those half his age wish they could. Along with chiropractic, Stockton says that a love for the game and fun with his family are two other secrets to his continued success.

Some of John Stockton’s career highlights include…

  • Selected in 1996 as one of the “50 Greatest Players in NBA History”
  • Entering 2001-02, ranked as NBA’s all-time leader in assists and steals
  • Ten-time NBA All-Star selection who played in nine consecutive games from 1989 to 1997
  • Holds record for most seasons leading league in assists, most assists in a single season, and highest single-season assists-per-game average
  • Entering 2001-02, ranked third all-time in games played (behind Robert Parish and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)
  • Played in 609 consecutive games from 2/13/90 through 4/20/97, the eighth-longest streak in NBA history
  • A member of the men’s basketball “Dream Team” that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and the 1996 Dream Team that won gold in Atlanta.

You can view John Stockton’s NBA player file here.

From the Toronto Star News: Aging Stockton’s NBA career in good hands (source no longer available on site) – Now 40, Jazz star attributes longevity to team chiropractor.

From the Deseret News: Stockton turning 40, but who’s counting? (source no longer available on site) – The ageless wonder is about to reach an age of great distinction.

Official Website of the Utah Jazz is here… Utah Jazz Homepage.

About Craig Buhler, D.C. — Dr. Craig is a graduate of Western States Chiropractic College in Oregon. He has been the team chiropractor for the Utah Jazz for the past 23 years. He learned how to toggle recoil from Dr. Michael Kale, and Dr. Donnie Epstein taught him how to approach the chiropractic healing process with honor and dignity. According to Craig, the philosophy of chiropractic is the key that completely changed his life. “Spinal adjustments are the key and core of everything I do.” On chiropractic and athletic performance, doctor Buhler states, “we’ve got the best game in town.”

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Editor’s note: Many thanks to Dr. Craig Buhler for doing what he does so well and to John Stockton for sharing his “secrets” with others. I’d like to point out that Stockton was speaking specifically about the chiropractic care he receives from his chiropractor, hence the advice to find a “good” one. @ 12:58 pm | Article ID: 1018295924