More about Dr. Keith Jeffers
Dr. Keith Jeffers has a passion for sports, and he’s been running competitively 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 many past 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.
Qualifications & Education
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 sports 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
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, Finla