HBO Ballers star shares his inspiring story about overcoming setbacks
Donovan Carter believes in comebacks. A rising star and defensive standout
for the UCLA Bruins, he achieved his dream of playing for the Oakland
Raiders, only to have the trajectory interrupted when he was cut from
the team. But Donavan rebounded in a big way. He became a star on HBO’s
Ballers, a comedy about the lives of professional football players.
A big believer that one can recover from setbacks –even illness or
injury –Donovan was interested in checking out the Wellness Corner
at LA Fitness Crossroads in Irvine, CA. This new facility is located inside
a gym and focuses on natural therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractic
care, physical therapy and more.
In this six-part Q&A, Donavan sits down with Jan Carlo Zegarra, DC,
Wellness Corner medical director. Dr. Zegarra is an expert in sports rehabilitation
and has extensive experience helping athletes, including professionals
in the NFL, NHL, MLB, and UFC. He and Donavan connected, discussing what
it takes to remain a top performer, whether you’re a star football
player or television star –and sometimes both!
What helped ‘Baller’ Donovan Carter get back on the field after injury?
What services are available at the Wellness Corner?
Not everyone can be a football star or play one on television. In describing
the services of the Wellness Corner, Dr. Zegarra explains that they’re
for everyone who wants to feel their best.
What are the benefits of acupuncture and cupping?
Athletes at the Rio Olympics made acupuncture and cupping familiar to many
more Americans. In this segment, Dr. Zegarra explains what exactly happens
Can physical medicine help heal injuries?
Even desk jockeys with 9-to-5 office jobs can get muscle strains and pains.
Here’s how physical therapy can help.
How does physical medicine help athletes looking for that extra edge?
Although Donavan had to play through many of his injuries, that’s
not the way smart athletes approach the game anymore. He and Dr. Zegarra
explains why the Wellness Corner’s natural therapies can help today’s
athletes get that extra edge.
What’s the difference between being an athlete and playing one on TV?
As an actor, Donavan still needs to stay competitive and fit as an actor.
Here’s why accessible services like those at the Wellness Corner
are so important.
To learn more about our services or to make an appointment, visit the
About Wellness Corners
Providence St. Joseph Health is known for outstanding hospitals, but we’re
also working to keep you well. That’s why we’ve developed
innovative Wellness Corners to offer life-enhancing medical and wellness
services located where people live and work. The concept is simple: By
making wellness and preventive services more convenient, we believe we
can significantly improve the health status of the communities we serve.
In just a few short years,
we’ve placed Wellness Corners throughout Southern California, with
positive outcomes for those we serve. The latest is the
Wellness Corner, LA Fitness-Crossroads in Irvine, California. By having a Wellness Corner in a gym, we can provide
natural therapies – acupuncture, chiropractic care, physical therapy,
bodywork and more –to all types of active adults.
We want to thank Donavan Carter for visiting the Wellness Corner, LA Fitness
and talking with Dr. Zegarro. For more information on our Wellness Corner
concept, go to wellnesscorner.org.
Donavan Carter is a paid partner with Providence St. Joseph Health who
frequently participates in conversations on important health topics. Providence
is pleased to share the stories of great people who have overcome health
conditions. As part of our population health program, we want to share
insights and stories that help bring awareness to common health conditions.
Not all the people featured in our stories are Providence patients.
This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical
care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.