There are plenty of reasons to be proud of Las Vegas — especially this week. But today is a fun one. Today is when the Vegas Golden Knights hit the ice as the first major pro sports team to represent Las Vegas.
Pretty cool, huh?
With the pros finally here, it gives Vegas doctors who work in sports medicine an extra chance to shine. Physicians like Dr. Jon Petrick.
If you’re a fan of mixed martial arts, you might already be familiar with Petrick from appearing on 20 seasons of The Ultimate Fighter. It’s not just the combat athletes that fall under his care at the Las Vegas Pain Relief Center. He spent nine years treating future Blue Jays when they were the Las Vegas 51s major league affiliate, and has worked with professionals from the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and Major League Soccer. Oh, and the WWE and UFC’s Brock Lesnar. So no matter how musclebound you might be, Petrick has seen it.
Petrick specializes in active release techniques, which focuses on removing fibrosis and adhesions.
“We use the gold standard in soft tissue therapy, active release techniques,” he said. “Pound for pound, treatment for treatment, nothing breaks up scar tissue and restores normal tissue to normal motion faster than active release.”
So what do the Knights have to look out for?
The most common injuries in hockey are hips, shoulders and lower body. That last one can be tricky if a doctor doesn’t know what to look out for.
“You actually skate using your big toe flexors,” he said. “You only learn this by making mistakes. We were treating so many athletes and I wasn’t getting them better. I had to reach out to my mentor and say hey, what am I missing? I’m treating all these hockey players with calf injuries, and he laughed in my face. He said they’re not using their calf. It was the flexor, I learned that and now we can keep people on the ice because it’s not calf pain.”
The pain isn’t always where you think it’s coming from. Which, hopefully, is something opposing goalies will relate to when it comes to frozen rubber flying off Knights’ sticks.