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Spalding puts back issues aside to compete for Pirates


Kelsey Spalding

There is a steely competitiveness about Bickleton’s Kelsey Spalding. She’s not a win at all costs kind of person, but she is out there competing with what many people might think is a good excuse to stay on the sidelines. Spalding has two steel rods in her back.

Spalding was diagnosed with scoliosis, or curvature of the spine when she was about 11 years old. It wasn’t that she had back pain, but it was noticed that she didn’t stand up straight. They first tried to treat the problem with chiropractic therapy, but could see that more needed to be done. Spalding went to a specialist, and at the age of 12 she was in Seattle’s Children’s Hospital for major back surgery. Two steel r...

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