Dr. Keith Jeffers
Pick any hour of the day and Dr. Keith Jeffers will either be running, doing volunteer work or treating patients. Wasting time doesn’t appear on his busy schedule, and neither does losing sight of his goals.
The San Diego DC is one of the country’s best over-40 runners in addition to being a leading expert in sports chiropractic. He writes a column on his specialty and races regularly. In this year’s International Masters Track & Field Championships, Dr. Jeffers had the best 10-kilometer (6.2 mile) time among the competitors. In another specialty, the steeplechase, he also placed high. Running and competing come naturally to the wiry practitioner, as does chiropractic.
Dr. Jeffers says he’s been involved in sports since he was four; he’s been running since junior high. A lower-back injury when he was 12 sent him to a chiropractor whose skills kept him on track. While attending junior college in 1968, Dr. Jeffers set the national 10K record with a 33:09 time, beating the old record by two minutes. He is perhaps his own best testimonial for chiropractic: twice-weekly adjustments keep him running without pause.
“For the past three Olympics, there have been chiropractors attending and treating athletes,” says Dr. Jeffers. “The numbers bear out that we’re the best trained doctors to treat athletes and that athletes prefer us to other doctors. Most of what are called ‘overuse injuries’ are actually caused by poor body mechanics that we can correct.”
Steve Scott, holder of the American mile record, agrees. He and two other 1988 Olympians entrust their finely tuned bodies to Dr. Jeffers. When Steve Scott had a pinched nerve in his neck, he sought out Dr. Jeffers for treatment. “These elite athletes tend to have the same problems that all my other patients do, but they know enough to see that chiropractic really is the best way to correct their problems,” says Dr. Jeffers.
In 1989, San Diego’s chiropractic society named him (Dr. Jeffers) its Doctor of the Year. The state association followed suit later with its own Doctor of the Year honor. This recognition within his profession makes Dr. Jeffers very happy. It’s also helped him become one of San Diego’s most visible chiropractors.
Chiropractic is the key to his vitality, Dr. Jeffers adds. “If you exercise your whole life, as I have, you’re healthier. Chiropractic helps me do that.”
Dr. Jeffers had been coaching track and working with emotionally disturbed children through the 1970s until he decided to switch careers and study chiropractic. In 1981, he enrolled at Palmer-West and graduated three years later. With his experience in running, sports medicine became a specialty he didn’t think twice about. “I know how much sports can change people’s lives and I always knew that I wanted to do some kind of coaching. Sports are a very important part of my life, and that’s been true for a long time.”
His heroes run the gamut from basketball great Jerry West (“He could be a gentleman and still win at the end.”) to consultant George Goodheart (“a tremendous person”).
“Chiropractic keeps me going,” he says, “But I guess the key is that you have to love what you’re doing in order to do it well.”
You might see Dr. Keith Jeffers zooming by on his run at 9 p.m. or attending a Golden Triangle merchants meeting or treating a young athlete. But look fast – he might be doing something else he loves if you blink.
Article from: “Chiropractic Achievers” Journal (1989)
1970: U. C. Santa Barbara – earned a B.A. in Exercise Physiology; received grant to conduct graduate studies in exercise physiology and the effects of water versus electrolyte drinks during long-distance running. Earned Secondary Teaching Credential in 1971 with emphasis on physical education.
1971 – 1973: Graduate work in exercise physiology at the University of California; entered special education program at San Diego State with emphasis in teaching learning-disabled.
1974 – 1981: Special education teacher and track and cross-country aports head coach at several California high schools.
1981 – 1984: Palmer College of Chiropractic-West, received Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1984.
1985 – Present: Private practice as Doctor of Chiropractic
1991: Received certification of Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (C.C.S.P.)
1968: National Junior College 10K running record
1971: Winner of San Luis Obispo CA Marathon
1977: Winner of Santa Barbara CA Half-Marathon
1981: Winner of San Jose CA Half-Marathon
1983: Boston Marathon Time: 2 hours 38 minutes
1987: President of San Diego Track Club
Since turning 40, Dr. Jeffers has won two National Masters Championships as part of the San Diego Track Club. He recently placed 5th in the Masters Track and Field Championships running in the Steeplechase. In August 1989, he ran at the Eighth Annual World Veterans Championships held in Eugene, Oregon. There he won a Gold Medal as a member of the United States Cross-Country Team. He also placed 10th in the world running in the Steeplechase.
Dr. Jeffers writes articles for athletic, running and chiropractic journals and magazines on a regular basis.
1989: World Veteran Championships, only Doctor of Chiropractic speaking at the Sports Medicine Symposium
1989: Palmer College of Chiropractic – West, speaker at the sports injury seminar held at Homecoming
1990: Wisconsin Chiropractic Association, guest speaker for 12-hour chiropractor re-licensing seminar on sports injuries
1990: Palmer College of Chiropractic – West, guest lecturer on sports injuries
1990-91: Motion Palpation Institute's sports injuries seminars in Canada, Georgia, Illinois, Hawaii, and Mexico
1992: Lecturer for the Interscandinav Conference in Helsinki, Finland