Jordan Spieth. Chiropractic & Going the Extra Yards

Jordan Spieth & his belief in chiropractic care.

Having found relief through chiropractic instead of drugs and the prospect of surgery, he wanted to learn more about chiropractic and eventually changed his career path. His desire to help others the way he’d been helped himself set his sights on a sports chiropractic practice to help athletes get rid of pain and injury, prolong their careers, and perform at a high level.

“I truly feel that a doctor going through what I did will become so passionate that it drives you to be the best. And I wanted to be the best at what I do.”

Making the connection

Van Biezen’s facilities in Dallas are known in the area as the go-to place for athletes. His integrated practice includes three associate chiropractors, a massage therapist, a strength coach, and administrative support staff under one roof. “The communication and continuity of care between specialists as they enter the different phases of the continuum is a powerful tool when treating athletes as they return to play.”

He has been traveling with the PGA Tour for 14 years, nearly nine of them on the PGA Tour medical staff, which means he was the chiropractor on-site during tournament season for all 140 players in the field. It’s only in the last four to five years that he has been traveling exclusively with a handful of the other players.

“Jordan had heard about me in the golf world, and he was having some back issues,” Van Biezen says. “So it just made sense when Jordan started to play on the PGA Tour that I would travel with him as well.”

The daily grind

Working as the attending DC to elite athletes conveys exceptional challenges. Van Biezen says one major difference this group presents are that pro athletes are impatient by nature, and if you can’t get them fixed up fairly quick they won’t stick around. “If you want to be a sports chiro, you’d better be on top of your game.”

During tournament season, Van Biezen works long hours. His week starts Monday and he’ll be on-site through Sunday, typically waking up around 4:30 a.m. to get his players treated and warmed up. He might not leave the course until 7 or 8 p.m.

“Last year I was on the road for 32 weeks. That makes for a long year; however, my players won 10 times, including three majors and a Players Championship,” Van Biezen says. He credits the tremendous support he receives from his practice staff and his family for making his schedule possible.

Whirlwind success After Spieth won the 2015 Masters, Van Biezen found himself at the center of a lot of attention. “My personal and clinical life has been crazy, but a good crazy,” Van Biezen says. “A lot of great people in the industry have reached out to me and have been very gracious in helping me spread the chiropractic message.”

He acknowledges that Spieth thanking him while accepting the green Masters jacket was pivotal both for his practice and for the profession.