Austin Family Chiropractic from Virden, IL was the official sponsor of the Springfield Foxes semi-pro football teams final 2013 regular season home game at SHG Stadium in Springfield on August 24, 2013. The Foxes hosted the Indiana Mustangs from Indianapolis. … Continue reading →
On September 29, 2012 the #1 Seed Springfield Foxes hosted the Chicago Thunder who last won a National Championship in 2008. The game would be played at the new home of FoxNation, beautiful Sacred Heart Griffin High School Stadium in the Capital City of Springfield, IL.
Dr. Todd Austin (team Chiropractor / team Trainer) consoled his wife Eugena B. Austin, L.M.T. (team Massage Therapist / Assistant Trainer) after the Springfield Foxes beat the Chicago Thunder to win their first MSFL Eastern Conference title.
The Foxes outlasted the Thunder in a defensive struggle. #20 Akeem Topps scored the Foxes lone TD of the game. After a 7-7 tie, the Foxes nailed a short field goal late to take the lead. Then with less than a minute remaining in regulation time and the Thunder in field goal range, Chicago completed a short pass. Then 3 Foxes defenders including #22 Jae Russell and #45 Michael Rose made the play of the game by forcing and recovering a fumble to preserve the Foxes victory and the first ever MSFL Eastern Conference Championship for Fox Nation!
On September 22, 2012 after a 2-week layoff, the Springfield Foxes welcomed the Indiana Generals back to The Foxes Den (aka Sacred Heart Griffin High School Football Stadium) for a 2nd round MSFL Eastern Conference playoff matchup. Much to the Generals dismay, the results were similar to 2 weeks prior, with the Foxes emerging victorious once again. The final was 28-14 this time around, thus propelling the #1 seed Foxes into hosting the Eastern Conference Championship Game the following weekend.
Dr. Todd Austin with Springfield Foxes defensive player #45 Michael Rose
Dr. Todd Austin with Springfield Foxes defensive player #45 Michael Rose
The Generals came into this contest off of a hard-fought win versus the Mid-State Steel during Week 1 of playoff action, while the Foxes enjoyed a much deserved “Playoff Bye Week”.
As is usually the case, Dr. Todd & Eugena Austin kept busy on the sidelines during pre-game and into the game as well working on a variety of knee, shoulder, calf, hamstring and low back issues that arose. Using Chiropractic, Massage Therapy, Cold Laser Therapy (LLLT) and advanced taping techniques as needed to get our guys back in the game ASAP.
This Foxes pink helmet was raffled off on BREAST CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT.
During the 2011 season, the Indiana Generals reached the MidStates football League championship game, where they got spanked by the 2011 Champion Roscoe Rush. When the Foxes headed to Indianapolis to play them in 2011, it was ugly. The smack-talking Generals used social media to talk about how they would beat the (first year in the MSFL) Foxes by at least 80 points. The Generals rubbed it in by doing onside kicks and razzle-dazzle trick plays while holding a big lead. The net result was a final score that read: Springfield Foxes 0 at Indiana Generals 40. Some might think this to be a moral victory of sorts for the ’11 Foxes. The Foxes thought otherwise.
#5 Garland Walton, one of the on-field and inspirational leaders of the Foxes “D”.
But “karma is a b!tch” as the saying goes. On September 8, 2012, the Foxes would get there shot at redemption. Oh, would they ever! The Foxes were 6-1 and had already wrapped up the NorthEast Divison title, #1 seed throughout the East in the MSFL playoffs and a first round bye. So these Foxes had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to play for right? WRONG! There was a score to settle when these hoosiers came a callin’ to our new digs at Sacred Heart Griffin Stadium.
The Springfield Foxes / Austin Family Chiropractic pink ‘Breast Cancer Awareness’ polos for 2012.
On the other hand, the IN Generals were a dismal 4-3 and clinging to their playoff lives. It would have been great (the ultimate karmic repayment) if a Foxes win could have eliminated the Generals from playoff contention altogether. But the results of some of that evening’s other MSFL games secured these smack-talkers from the hoosier state either a #4, #5 or #6 seed.
Foxes all-star QB #13 Drew Fendrich getting ready to torch the Generals “D” in the 2nd half!
At first it appeared to be deja vu, as the Generals jumped out to a commanding 21-0 lead early in the 2nd quarter. Uh-oh! The Foxes closed it to 24-6 at halftime. Then in the 3rd quarter the turning point was when #16 Lance Still, one of my favorite patients, intercepted a pass near midfield. (Yes, the same Lance who had 2 picks and was a defensive MVP in the previous game.) The Foxes offense punched it in a few plays later and never looked back.
Here’s the TD that #21 Marcell Phiffer promised to score for my wife, Eugena. This after Eugena massaged and Biofreezed his shoulder and performed cold laser therapy on his recently fractured wrist during pregame. You da man, Cell!
In the 2nd half, it was all Foxes. Can you say “Total Domination”, boys and girls? I sure hope so. Yes, the mighty Foxes practically reduced the Indiana Generals to lowly 2nd lieutenants after the half. To say the Foxes delivered a punch in the chops would be a huge understatement. Second half scoring was Foxes 32, Generals 0.
Nina and Gena, my 2 assistant trainers for the Foxes 2012 Breast Cancer Awareness Game.
These 7-1 Springfield Foxes sent the 4-4 Generals home to Indiana with the #5 seed on the short end of a 38-24 butt whoopin’!
Eugena and Nina taping up #12 Darion Phiffer.
In other news to report on this night, the Springfield Foxes were hosting only the 2nd game in franchise history at state-of-the-art SHG Stadium. Approximately 250 screaming Foxes fans were in atttendance. It was also the team’s ANNUAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS NIGHT in conjunction with the MSFL’s annual breast cancer awareness week. So many players could be found sporting some pink. The Foxes even raffled off a pink helmet autographed by all the players, with the proceeds donated to breast cancer awareness! The idea for this fund-raiser belongs to #45 LB Michael Rose.
Dr. Todd Austin leukotaping #1 Gary Miller for a pulled hammy during the 1st half.
Eugena (team massage therapist and assistant trainer) and I even ordered special pink polo shirts for the event. A friend of ours joined us on the sidelines in pink as well. Nina Van Buskirk, like Eugena, is also a LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist). Her massage practice is located in Virden, IL as well. She assisted us with massaging, cryotherapy and kinesiotaping on the sidelines. The 3 of us stayed fairly busy working our magic on the sidelines once again, before, during and even for a little while after the victory.
Dr. Todd examing #93 Travis Grider during pregame.
Our Foxes QB isn’t just one helluva gunslinger, but he’s a tough guy too! If you don’t believe me, watch this video clip and see for yourself!
YouTube video of our Foxes QB taking out a defender.
The IN Generals player that our QB levels here in the 4th quarter was still woozy getting on the bus to head back to Indy. Wow! #13 was bringing it in more ways that one of this night.
Go Foxes! 7-1, baby!!!
After the game, emotional leader Garland Walton addressed the team saying “Fellas, I’ve been waiting 365 days to beat these guys. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
Payback has officially been served, Garland! The Generals would leave Springfield on that night with their tails tucked between their legs.
Todd W. Austin, D.C.
Austin Family Chiropractic, Virden, IL
Team Trainer and Chiropractor for the 2012 Springfield Foxes
Team Trainer Dr. Todd Austin (middle) celebrates a 21-8 victory and a Springfield Foxes Division Championship with players #81 DeeJay Acedera (left) & #20 Akeem Topps.
August 25, 2012 was a showdown in South Fork with a lot on the line for the 3rd year Springfield Foxes franchise. This is there second year in the MSFL. The Foxes had clinched a playoff spot one week earlier by winning 45-28 over the Indiana Mustangs in Indianapolis, thus finishing the 2012 campaign with a very respectable 3-1 record on the road. This would be their penultimate regular season home game of 2012 and their final game in Kincaid at John B. Pacotti Field. The Foxes had called Kincaid home since July of 2011, but new SHG Stadium in Springfield will be their new digs starting on 9-8-12.
This was also a pivotal contest to decide first place in their division (the Eastern Conference of the MidStates Football League) with the winner securing home field advantage, the #1 seed in the conference and a first round playoff bye. The loser would fall to the #3 seed and would not enjoy the benefits of the bye week. But this night would belong to the Foxes, as they pushed their record to 6-1 with a 21-8 win over the Chicago Thunder. The Thunder, who talked a lot of smack leading up to the game, were silenced by these Foxes on this night. The now 4-2 Chicago club went back home in a state of disbelief, as South Fork fans celebrated a Foxes Division Title at John B. Pacotti Field.
Dr. Austin, team D.C. and team trainer, utilizes two of his custom Springfield Foxes cold laser therapy devices (including his new PainBeGone Laser) on a player’s Achilles injury. Both laser devices have a depth of penetration of 5 cm. Both are outstanding when it comes to reducing pain, swelling, inflammation and edema.
As usual, Dr. Todd (Head Trainer & Team Chiropractor) and Eugena (Assistant Trainer & Team Massage Therapist) from Austin Family Chiropractic in Virden started treating the players about 70 minutes prior to kickoff. According to Dr. Austin “This was, without a doubt, the most important game to date in the history of the Foxes as an MSFL team. Eugena and I were prepared to do whatever it took to keep as many of our players in tip top shape as possible.”
Assistant Trainer Eugena Austin, LMT tapes a player’s ankle on the Foxes sideline.
One of the defensive backs, #16 Lance Still, had been nursing a pulled hamstring for 7 days now, as it happened in the victory over the IN Mustangs. It’s a good thing that Dr. Austin is becoming very adept at a specialized taping technique for stabilizing such an injury. Todd performed the technique on Lance during pregame. As it turned out, #16 was firing on all cylinders, as he would be one of the defensive MVPs of the game: recording 2 solo tackles, 2 knocked down passes and 2 interceptions with 127 return yards on the night! After the game, Lance reported having zero pain and feeling 100%.
Team Chiropractor Todd Austin (right) with one of the games co-MVPs on defense. After helping out #16 Lance Still with an advanced hamstring taping technique, Still had 2 “picks” and over 125 return yards on the night.
Then Dr. Todd & Gena stayed busiest during this contest providing care for many calf, hamstring and quadriceps injuries in addition to some spinal issues. They also made use of three cold lasers on the sidelines including a new ‘PainBeGone Laser’ which just arrived at Austin Family Chiropractic a few days earlier. This night also marked the first time this season that Austin had to pull a player out of the game after suffering a Grade 1 concussion. “It’s definitely not the fun part of what we do on the sidelines,” states Dr. Austin “but we follow the same guidelines that have come down from the NFL. If we even just suspect a minor concussion, the player is out for a whole week. In the year 2012, traumatic head injuries in contact sports are taken very seriously!”
Dr. Todd & Eugena Austin on the sideline proclaiming their semi-pro Springfield Foxes team to be #1. The Foxes just clinched a division title and the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference of the MSFL playoffs with a convincing 21-8 victory over the Chicago Thunder.
According to Assistant Coach Jason Kirkendoll, a Kincaid native who played his JFL and high school football at John B. Pacotti Field, “Going out in style with a huge victory and by winning a division title in front of our South Fork fans is special!”.
The official 2012 Springfield Foxes Division Champs logo. Austin Family Chiropractic is proud to be one of the sponsors who will assure that division championship t-shirts are provided to all of the Foxes players at the next home game at SHG.
The semi-pro Foxes return to their new $4,000,000 home at Sacred Heart Griffin Stadium in Springfield on September 8th to take on the Indiana Generals, with the Generals fighting for either a #4, 5 or 6 seed in the playoffs. A Foxes victory could send the Generals packing for an early offseason. All home games are broadcast on Taylorville’s Genuine Country 94.3 WMKR. The Foxes schedule and information are available at: SpringfieldFoxesChiro.com .
YouTube video about the Springfield Foxes PainBeGone Laser
On Saturday 8-18-12 the Foxes came from being down by 2 touchdowns early to bring home a 45-28 win. The game was vs. the team who held down 1st place in the SouthEast Division, the Indiana Mustangs. The game was played in Indianapolis.
The Foxes moved to 5-1 and now have a 1/2 game edge over the 4-1 Chicago Thunder for the NorthEast division crown. They will battle for 1st place in the division, the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and a first round playoff bye on 8-25-12.
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