How an Outfield-Wall Collision Changed One Baseball Player’s Life

In 2000, Chicago White Sox minor-leaguer Greg Shepard violently crashed into the left center field wall while trying to run down a fly ball. When he woke up the next morning, he was basically paralyzed. “I couldn’t lift my body out of bed, turn my head, or move my right arm,” he says. He then asked his wife to find him a Chiropractor.

And that, in a way he didn’t fully realize at the time, was the life-changer.

Shepard so feared “losing my job” from a prolonged absence on the disabled list that he decided to stick with that same chiropractor even after the neck-and-spine surgeon his team sent him for a second opinion recommended surgery to repair the damage done to his neck in the collision. “Once he set my occiput back into place, my arm started working. A few days later, I could turn my head and fully look at the pitcher again. I was amazed.”

He never missed a game all season after that.

When he retired from baseball, Shepard decided to become a Chiropractor, so that he may be able to help other athletes.

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