Sports Medicine

Team Acupuncturist SF 49ers, Dr. Jenny Nieters, L.Ac. DACM


Super Bowl 2020, Miami, FL


Dr. Jenny Nieters, Team Acupuncturist for SF 49ers, was proud to be a part of a multi-disciplinary team that provided care for the athletes during the incredible 2019 season, which culminated in the 2020 Super Bowl SF 49ers vs Kansas City Chiefs.

Dr. Jenny Nieters, L.Ac. DACM


Acupuncture Sports Medicine Review: Anatomically Significant Points

This 2-day course is open to all licensed acupuncturists that have completed The Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program.  The purpose of this course is primarily to review the location, palpation, and needling of common sites of injury and dysfunction.

Secondarily, we will review orthopedic testing and assessment. These are the conditions that are most frequently seen in the acupuncture clinic.

What: Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program Review: Anatomically Significant Points

When: June 23-24, 2019

Where: Alameda Acupuncture Annex, 2258 Santa Clara Ave, Ste 3, Alameda, CA 94501

Instructors: Dr. Jenny Nieters, L.Ac. DACM and Kenji Hirabayashi, L.Ac.

Cost: $450

UC Berkeley Lecture: Sports Acupuncture for Athletic Performance and Recovery

November 4, 2017 – Silicon Valley Sevens Rugby – Avala Stadium, San Jose, California, USA (Credit Image: Connie Hatfield/KLC fotos)

The Integrative Medicine DeCal course at UC Berkeley is a survey course on a diversity of healing sciences, and medical practices. It encompasses specific fields of healthcare and medicine from all over the world as well as fields expanding in the United States. Professionals from practices such as: allopathy (modern western medicine), osteopathy, naturopathy, homeopathy, midwifery, Native American Medicine, acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Taoist Medicine, ayurveda, ethnobotany, yoga, energy medicine, meditation, psychiatry, chiropractic, and many other fields to share their insight and knowledge in the healing arts of medicine across cultures.

The goal of this course is to promote awareness and expose students to the different types of complimentary and alternative therapies in the medical field. The aim is for each student to walk away with a basic awareness of what each medical therapy and health practice is about and how to evaluate evidence scientifically. We hope that this knowledge will be sufficient to intrigue curiosity and encourage students to search for more information on their own.

Date: April 15, 2019

Time: 7-8:30 pm

Where: UC Berkeley

Topic: Sports Acupuncture for Athletic Performance and Recovery

Presenter:  Dr. Jenny Nieters, L.Ac. DACM

Acupuncture and TCM for Sprains and Strains

We’ve all heard of and maybe even experienced a sprain or a strain. But do you really know the difference? A sprain is defined as a stretch or tear of a ligament. A strain, on the other hand, is defined as an injury to a muscle or tendon. Sprains can result from a fall, a sudden twist or a blow to the body that forces a joint out of place, while a strain can happen from twisting or pulling a muscle or tendon. continue reading »

Common sports shoulder injury. Simple solution!

A common shoulder injury that I see with rugby players, water polo goalies, MLB baseball pitchers  and yogis is pain in the shoulder that can present as deltoid pain.   The deltoid is not the problem.


photo credit: Pink Shorts Photography, shared with permission

Usually the pain occurs in certain positions, is difficult to pinpoint and will come and go.

There is a small space between the humeral head (the arm bone) and the acromio-clavicular joint (top of the shoulder).  If there is inflammation in that space, there will be pain.


Orthopedic evaluation will show that the problem is often the supraspinatus muscle, which is part of the rotator cuff.   With athletes the cause can be acute trauma or overuse.   If the cause is trauma to the shoulder, also assess the AC joint and the SC joint for sprains and the other muscles of the rotator cuff.


Acupuncturists are uniquely able to help with this type of injury.  The treatment is stealthy and not painful, we can skillfully slip needles into the subacromial space and the motor points and trigger points of the supraspinatus muscle to clear inflammation, invigorate blood flow and restore muscle function.  Electroacupuncture is key.

Acupuncture texts show the acupuncture point Bing Feng Si-12 in the muscle belly of the supraspinatus.  The indications for this point include the “inability to raise the arm.”


If your acupuncturist does not know how to treat this, they can learn how in the Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship program.

I highly recommend following up treatment working with your movement coach, athletic trainer or physical therapist to create mobility, strength and functional movement patterns.


– Jenny Nieters, L. Ac.