Jackie Joyner-Kersee Sets The Record Straight On Chronic Pain Medication
Jackie Joyner-Kersee is a name synonymous with excellence, drive and winning. Voted “Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century” by Sports Illustrated for Women and one of ESPN’s “50 Greatest Athletes of All-Time,” Joyner-Kersee competed in four consecutive Olympics, winning three gold medals, one silver and two bronze. She is the first woman to win an Olympic Gold in the Long Jump. Over her 20-year career, the track and field star’s meteoric rise showed no signs of slowing down, until severe knee pain set in.
“Throughout your athletic career as an athlete you don’t think you should get injured, but you do and you deal with chronic pain constantly and you work to still try to get to the top,” Joyner-Kersee said in a recent interview with BlackDoctor.og. “Post my athletic career, some of the chronic pain that I was dealing with still linger on with me.”