HERMITAGE – As a competitive athlete, Luciana Masters, 14, knows how important it is to stay in shape. After tweaking a muscle at the age of 10, Masters went to Dr. Anton Pyatetsky, a chiropractor in Hermitage, for an adjustment in her knees and hips.
“I knew something was off,” Masters says.
Her instincts turned out to be right. After visiting Dr. Pyatetsky, she immediately felt better — and she hasn’t looked back since.
By the age of 11, Masters was playing midfield/ forward on two traveling club soccer teams, working out with a trainer, and competing in a competitive tennis league in Youngstown, Akron, and Cleveland. But despite her tough schedule — where she’d practice for two soccer teams and occasionally plays four matches a weekend — she never missed a game due to injury, something she credits, in part, to Dr. Pyatetsky.
“It’s a common misconception that chiropractors just treat injuries,” says Dr. Pyatetsky. “If you visit them early enough, they can also help you prevent them.”
Masters visits Dr. Pyatetsky, a Doctor of Chiropractic at Pyatetsky Family Chiropractic on North Hermitage Road, for 15-minute sessions two to three times a month. Along with regular back, neck, and hip adjustments, she receives kinesiology (KT) taping, neuromuscular re-education, and manual therapy.
Staying in shape — and injury-free — is more important than ever for Masters. For the past couple years, Masters has narrowed her focus to golf, competing in more than a dozen local and state tournaments, and winning the 14U girl’s crown in the Greatest Golfer Youngstown junior championship at Avalon Lakes Golf Course in July 2020. (In 2019, she placed third in the competition.) Masters also plays in several USKIDS golf leagues, Tri-State PGA events, and starting to play in other tours.
For Masters, golf can be just as physically challenging as soccer or tennis. When she’s not competing in 18- or 36-hole tournaments or practicing her golf game at Buhl Park, Tam O’Shanters, or late night at Pine Lakes in Hubbard, she uses a simulator at Avalon Country Club to work on her swing.
“There’s a real violence to that swing,” Dr. Pyatetsky says. “And I mean that in a good way.”
Masters estimates that she takes about 250 swings per week, something that leaves her feeling occasionally stiff. That’s one reason why Masters is so proactive about keeping her arm, back, and hips loose — especially since she wants to improve her score by the end of the year.
“I want to break 70,” Masters says. Her best score is a 74 in a regulation tournament.
Masters’ also hopes to play golf for Hickory High School in the fall of 2021, when she becomes a freshman, and has dreams of playing in college one day. “I really want to do both, I have been playing soccer since I was six!”
And Dr. Pyatetsky will do what he can to help.
“I really like working on athletes,” says Dr. Pyatetsky. “I love to hear their stories and what they’re doing.”
PYATETSKY Family Chiropractic is at 1790 N. Hermitage Road, Hermitage, phone 724-962-2070 Masters.
Dr. Anton Pyatetsky, D.C., treats patient Luciana She credits his preventative care with helpling keep her in shape and injury-free in her years of intense competition in golf, soccer and tennis.