BodyChek Wellness Spotlight: Scott Parker
NHL Stanley Cup Champion #27, Scott Parker, is a former professional ice hockey right winger who played ten seasons with the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks from 1998 to 2008. Parker earned his nickname, "The Sheriff", from his reputation as a feared fighter and enforcer.
In 2007 together with his wife, Francesca Parker, and their son, DJ, The Parkers founded Parker’s Platoon, a Colorado 501c3 non-profit charitable organization that brings a "Team Room" concept by pairing combat veterans and retired professional athletes together, fostering their WARrior spirits to transition together to live post-career. Parker’s Platoon operates under the belief that "There is no right feeling, no wrong pain".
Upon retiring from the NHL in 2008 and having suffered upwards of 25 concussions from his hard-hitting hockey days, Parker went to see Dr. James Kelly, a renowned Colorado-based neurologist founder of The Market Institute For Brain Health in Denver, Colorado. After being diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury (“TBI”) and exploring various treatment options including pharmaceutical approaches, hypobaric chamber therapy, and Gyrostim, Parker decided to take the “road less traveled” and pursue CBD as his primary source of treatment and long-term rehabilitation and recovery plan.
Scott Parker is kicking life’s ass again. Once one of the baddest dudes on the ice in the National Hockey League, Parker was knocked down harder than any punch he ever took by concussion symptoms that all started with a loose puck to the head. His post-hockey life, after a career that saw him play for the Avalanche and San Jose Sharks, became an intolerable witch’s brew of pain, depression, and despair. Many around him, most especially his wife, Francesca, and son, D.J., feared he would die the same kind of tragic death too many other bare-knuckle hockey fighters and other athletes have in recent years. “We almost lost him a couple of times,” says D.J., sitting next to his parents on Tuesday afternoon. “It was close.
He doesn’t wake up puking his guts out every morning anymore. He doesn’t have to wear sunglasses all the time, even indoors, like he used to. The life-threatening seizures that would frequently hospitalize him haven’t happened for two years now. His eyes, which once had a glazed, faraway look to them, seem clear and focused.
Today, Parker is passionate about helping professional athletes, war veterans and the public at large find a better road to recovery by challenging western medicine’s traditional approach to medical treatment, specifically in terms of long-term rehabilitating conditions.
Parker is an NHL ambassador for Athletes For CARE, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a community where athletes can find support, opportunity, and purpose in life after a career in sports. Both Scott and Francesca Parker are co-founding partners in the BodyChek Wellness product line.