As of today, UConn, Florida, Wisconsin and Kentucky have punched their ticket to the Final Four in Dallas and as such, we figured we’d get into the spirit of things and talk a little bit about how acupuncture has helped basketball players.

One great story came from the Denver Post about a year ago and focused in on University of Colorado forward Jeremy Adams, who had used acupuncture to treat issues with patella tendons in both knees.

Now a senior, Adams was one of Colorado’s crucial pieces this year – offering an intriguing blend of strength, experience, savvy and versatility. The issue was – thanks to his issues with his knees, he wasn’t able to log more than 10 minutes in a game. Thanks to acupuncture, Adams is back on the floor and served as one of the most crucial components to Colorado’s team this season.

After undergoing acupuncture, Adams saw his time spike to an average of 19 minutes last season and then 27 this season.

“At first, I didn’t want to do it,” said Adams in the story. “But then, I thought I’d give it a try. The day after I had the acupuncture done, I dunked (in practice) for the first time in a couple of months. My knees feel a lot better and I’m able to do more things out there.”

Adams isn’t the only basketball player to use acupuncture to assist with injuries. Charles Barkley, Kevin Johnson, Hot Rod Williams, Jeff Hornacek, Steve Nash and Yao Ming have all used and reaped the benefits of acupuncture treatment. Even Kobe Bryant – who posted this photo of his acupuncture therapy a few months ago – is a big proponent.

If you’re a player who’s looking to rehab an injury or simply want to achieve a higher level of performance- give acupuncture a try!