You might not expect a big, bad football player like Aaron Rodgers who is used to bigger, badder players hurling themselves at him to turn to Eastern medicine for his injuries, but he does. In fact, he has an acupuncturist.
After the Green Bay Packers' win over the Dallas Cowboys yesterday, Rodgers was treated for a strained left calf muscle, reports ESPN. He was advised not to really practice this week in order to let his muscle heal in time for this Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Seahawks.
Instead, he's spent his time undergoing treatment, which included acupuncture.
"I've got to give a lot of credit to our training staff. They spent a lot of hours with me this week. They did a great job of getting me ready. My acupuncturist as well. She really helps," Rogers said.
Despite working with a strained leg, he remarkably finished with 317 yards and three touchdown passes.
That the NFL incorporates acupuncture into its training practices runs in the same vein as Phil Jackson, president of the New York Knicks, requiring his team to go through mindfulness training. It's more evidence that Eastern and Western medicine can work wonders hand-in-hand.
We're hoping that Rodgers' leg won't hold him back this Sunday — that would be quite a Disappointment Double Check. (Sigh.)