It was a great time for pop culture. Back to the Future, The Breakfast Club, and The Goonies were all released. Madonna, Wham!, and Foreigner were at the top of the charts. However, 1985, was not the apex of the acceptance of acupuncture as a means of pain relief.
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Today professional athletes use a wide range of tools to perform at the highest levels. Many NFL athletes use acupuncture. However, that was not always the case.
In 1985, the Chicago Bears Quarterback Jim McMahon was preparing for the Super Bowl XX. There was a dust up when Chicago Bears management would not allow Hiroshi Shiriashi, a Japanese trainer and acupuncturist, to travel with or treat McMahon.
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Team officials said...
"They don’t feel going into Super Bowl Week is the time to be experimenting with acupuncture.”
"...we do not want him to do it."
However, McMahon was quite vocal responded by stating,
“If it works, who cares if they approve or disapprove?”
“I don’t really care if they approve or not. If it’s going to help me play Sunday, I’m going to do it.”
A great deal of this story can be dismissed as the bluster of a star athlete. However part of the acceptance of acupuncture in the United States is due its ability to help athletes perform. Someone had to begin this process. Jim McMahon was part of the acupuncture story way back in 1985.
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McMahon's team won the Super Bowl 46-10.
Read the full story at the Chicago Sun-Times.