Fleet Feet: What made you decide to become a chiropractor?
Josh Glass: A few reasons: I always knew I wanted to work with athletes, regardless of the profession I chose. Sports Chiropractic allowed me to not only help athletes that are injured to heal quickly and return to their activity, but to also provide recovery and peaking care to help their training, competition, and prevent injuries. This allows me to have an ongoing relationship with many athletes, rather than the traditional sports medicine model of just fixing what hurts and being done. Also, my father, Dr. Hank Glass, is an amazing sports chiropractor, and one of the pioneers of sports medicine care in Atlanta. He provided me with a great example and training.
FF: How beneficial is it for athletes to see a chiropractor?
JG: It’s easy for me to say extremely beneficial, but I want to explain why. Sports Chiropractors can help with most common athletic injuries, but can also do so much more for athletes. Assessing and improving an athlete’s biomechanics for their specific sport by treating joint restriction, soft tissue adhesion, and muscle imbalances. So I believe that improving and maintaining an athlete’s biomechanics, flexibility, and strength is an asset to any athlete.
FF: What are the most common running related injuries you see?
JG: Over-use injuries of the lower back and legs/feet: IT Band Syndrome, strains of the various leg muscles and tendons (hamstrings, hip flexors, calfs, etc.), plantar fasciitis, and low back/hip strains/sprains. Stress fractures are also common.
FF: How big of a role does exercise prescription play in your rehabilitation process?
JG: It is a central part of the rehab process. I will initially identify the injury, what is causing the injury and then implement a treatment plan that includes chiropractic care and home exercise to resolve the problem and keep it from returning. We want to use exercise prescription to heal current injuries and then prevent future occurrences. Every athlete should have a recovery plan that covers this.
FF: So rumor is you have an antigravity treadmill. How does one go about using it? (My friend wanted to know…)
JG: Yes, we were the first office in Atlanta get a Alter G Antigravity Treadmill. It’s an awesome tool to help most injured runners continue to train, or allow injury prone runners to get more training in safely. It weighs each person that gets on the treadmill, and you can control the percentage body weight that you run at. It uses air pressure to reduce the impact forces (what causes most overuse injuries in runner). An example of its use is having someone with IT Band syndrome run at 75% of their normal body weight to eliminate the pain and also help it heal quicker. Anyone can contact our office and schedule a run on the Alter G.
FF: What was it like working with Olympic athletes?
JG: Working with the USA Track and Field team for the 2012 London Olympics was an amazing experience and one of the highlights of my professional career. I'm lucky to treat Olympic athletes that live in train in Atlanta on a daily basis. One of the best parts of London was treating my Atlanta patients like Angelo Taylor, Chaunte Lowe, Reese Hoffa, and Christian Taylor as they competed and won medals.
FF: If you could give one piece of advice to runners, what would it be?
JG: Have a plan for training and recovery. If you don't have a plan, things are more likely to go wrong. Don't wait for that to happen.
FF: If someone wanted to make an appointment with you, how can they contact you?
JG: Calling my office is the easiest way 404-872-4878. Our website answers a lot of questions about being treated:www.georgiasportschiropractic.com