Ben Cowin is the owner and a sports chiropractor with Action Spine and Sports Medicine. Ben has an undrgraduate degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, a masters in Athletic Training with an emphasis in biomechanics from Indiana State University & his doctor of chiropractic is from Life University. He has two amazing kids from a previous marriage and an amazing partner/significant other Brook. As far as hobbies go, he enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and triathlons are probably the most important.
How did you get started working in sports medicine?
I got started in sports medicine in high school. Unfortunately, I had an injury that required surgery & was told I’d probably not play ball anymore. I wanted to be around the teams so I began working with the baseball team as a manager. We had an athletic trainer at the high school that came around every week & he taught me the basics. From there I went to UCO where I worked as a student athletic trainer under Jeff McKibbin. He taught me how to tape an ankle & my entire career got started because of him!
What is your favorite part of being involved with sports medicine?
I would say the best part of being in sports medicine is the ability to have a positive impact immediately. A lot of who we work with at ASSM is needing an impact in a very short amount of time or a rapid turn around. I enjoy the pressure of getting athletes ready for competition in the shortest amount of time. I feel that I’m most successful at my job when athletes are continuing to compete at a very high level due to what we’re able to do.
What advice do you have for athletes who aren’t sure if they need your expertise?
I’d say treat your body better than you’d treat your car. Every machine needs maintenance. How hard you are on the machine determines how often you need to tune it up. The body (to the athlete) is nothing more than a machine. It requires maintenance. How much? That depends on you! How hard you push yourself.
Also, we operate more like an athletic training room than a doctor’s office. We don’t put people on ‘care plans’ or require lifetime treatment like some chiropractors do. I want to see you compete. And so we do what we need to in order to get you there & then you decide what you’ll need to keep you there. If you’re truly listening to your body you’ll know when it’s time to come back & see us for some work
What is a quote you live by?
Esse In Momentum. Or Be In The Moment. We have a lot of things going on in our lives on a daily basis. So enjoy the moment you’re in. For me that means trying to only wear one ‘hat’ at a time. So when I’m at the computer I’m Ben the business owner. When I’m in the room with patients I am Dr. Ben. But most importantly when I’m home with my kids I’m Dad. That’s the most important hat I wear.
What is your favorite season?
The favorite season would be summer/baseball season! Although now that I’m a bit further removed from actually working with teams, it may be football season. Brook & I are huge football fans (I’m more college & she’s a Bronco through & through.). We enjoy our weekends riding bikes & watching football! I enjoy the summer though because it tends to be our busy season in the clinic & also when we are outside most.
When you were a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
When I was a child I wanted to be a doctor. Always have.