2014 was a noteworthy year for the Seattle Seahawks, marking their second Super Bowl appearance in eight years and their first Super Bowl victory in the team’s history. Their 35-point victory over the Denver Broncos was also one of the largest point differences in the event’s history. Now, the team’s chiropractor is being honored for his work in professional sports.
Dr. James Kurtz was recently honored by the Washington State Chiropractic Association, receiving the organization’s Special Services Award. This important mark of recognition was presented to him at the association’s yearly conference at the Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center. The Washington State Chiropractic Association boasts one thousand members and is the only statewide association to represent the chiropractic profession in the area.
A graduate of the University of Western States, Kurtz has been a practicing chiropractor for 24 years. He is currently the clinical director for NW Sports Rehab, a multidisciplinary clinic he runs with his wife, Dr. Ming Ming Su-Brown. Kurtz has also worked as the team chiropractor for the Seattle Sounders, local PGA Tours, U.S. Paralympic teams and the U.S. Olympic Training Center. He is also in his fifth year working with the Seattle Seahawks.
Chiropractic services are used to treat everything from lower back pain to sports injuries. Kurtz’s award comes at a time when the industry is growing increasingly popular as a multidisciplinary treatment for common pains and ailments.
“There are thousands of chiropractors in our communities that are making huge impacts on the lives of our neighbors, families and friends like Dr. Kurtz is with the Seahawks, but without the public recognition,” says Dr. Jeremy Brubaker, Advanced Management for Chiropractors. “Congratulations to Dr. Kurtz for his accomplishments, but let’s also take some time and recognize our local chiropractors making a difference and changing lives everyday in our communities.”
In addition to this most recent award, Kurz was also named 2014 Sports Chiropractor of the Year by the American Chiropractic Association Sports Council. Additionally, he is the treasurer for the Professional Football Chiropractic Society Society, which aims to encourage education and communication among the 32 NFL team chiropractors. When he is not involved with these responsibilities, he works as an instructor for Active Release Techniques and serves as an adjunct faculty member to several chiropractic colleges, providing clinical training to interns, focusing on sports medicine and rehabilitation.