Original post By Sara Calabro
Amy Acuff, a standout high jumper who is gearing up to participate in her fifth Olympics, is also an acupuncturist. She became interested in helping others with Acupuncture after her own treatments helped keep her healthy while competing in such an injury-prone event.
At 36—and just two years after giving birth to her daughter—Acuff is at the top of her game. She is being considered a viable competitor for gold in London after an impressive performance at the Track & Field Olympic Trials last month.
Acuff balances motherhood, Olympic training and her Acupuncture practice in Austin, TX. Before heading to London, she made time for a quick chat with AcuTake.
AcuTake: How has Acupuncture helped you consistently compete at such a high level?
Amy Acuff: I have been able to manage not just injuries and sore or tight areas, but also regulate my nervous system through Acupuncture.
Many times in Europe I would be competing at 8pm, then need to sleep and travel the next day to another competition. When you are balanced you are able to switch gears more efficiently and recover more quickly.
Acupuncture can really help combat the effects of overtraining. I also use it for emotional support and immune system benefits, as it can be easy to pick up illness when traveling so frequently.