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Chiropractor helps straighten out athletes

Jonathan Scherzer, vice president of marketing for the Firebirds, said the team enjoys having Irwin in its corner. He said in Irwin's five years he has received positive feedback from the players.

"He's a professional and the guys love him," Scherzer said.

Irwin also treats area runners and track athletes, and has always been an avid runner himself. He said treating runners and football players often yield a variety of different injuries, some that overlap, and others not as often.

Irwin said athletes from local colleges often schedule appointments with him and said he recently treated a runner with hip-tendonitis.

He attacked the issue with "cold laser" technology which, in essence, gives tissues cells in the muscle more energy to fight inflammation.

The treatment works the same way other laser treatments do, and changing the wavelength of the light provides different results.

Irwin also trained runners as a coach on the Guilderland High School track team. The days of 12-or-more hour meets and the difficulty of slating dozens of runners for their best events are behind him, but are still a part of what he does everyday.

He is running a seminar that explains injury prevention for runners, including those young and developing, and said utilizing several measures could save runners a good deal of aggravation down the road. He includes suggestions about proper rest, warm-up, strengthening, stretching and nutrition.

To schedule an appointment with Irwin or for information about injury prevention, call 456-8805.""

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