Athletics & Chiropractic Care...
Athletes have been benefiting from Chiropractic care for many years; however, it has just recently been receiving attention in the media. Athletes of all types, from the weekend warrior to the world-class athlete, utilize Chiropractic because it is a drug-free way to better health and performance. Sean Atkins, Ph.D., Exercise Physiologist estimates "that at least 90% of world class athletes use Chiropractic on a regular basis to prevent injuries and to improve their performance.”
The Science Behind Sports Chiropractic
Athletic training can often jar and misalign the spinal column. Impact to the legs, feet, head, shoulders and torso often radiates to the spine. Minor misalignments of the spine referred to as “subluxations” cause nerve interference and weaken the entire structure of the spine. This weakness results in poor performance and increased risk of injury.
More sports-related non-fatal injuries are treated in hospital departments than any other type of unintentional injury. However, many athletes leave the hospital with the same amount of spinal stress (subluxations) as they had before they entered. Doctors of Chiropractic focus on the entire structure of the body rather than just the obviously injured part. For this reason, they can often detect and prevent an injury that might normally be overlooked or ignored.
Because Doctors of Chiropractic are experts in the field of human biomechanics, they are very aware of proper posture and movement. By observing an athlete in action, a Chiropractor can detect structural problems that lead to injury or poor performance. Athletic injures are often caused by improper biomechanics or muscle imbalances within the spine.
A proper biomechanical structure allows athletes to achieve and maintain their optimal level of performance-safely and naturally. There is a growing body of research and case studies, which clearly show the relationship between Chiropractic care and athletic performance.
If you would like to learn more about sports and chiropractic, you can call our office and request more information.
"Postural strength and coordination are essential for injury prevention and sports performance."
- Thomas Harris, MD, The Sports Medicine Guide
“You obviously cannot compete at your fullest if you are not in alignment and your body cannot heal itself properly if your spine is not in alignment."
Dan O'Brien, Olympic Decathlete
“As long as I see the chiropractor, I feel like I’m one step ahead of the game.”
Tom Brady, New England Patriots
"Chiropractic has really helped me to keep my body in line to help my body recover."
Chris Carter, Minnesota Vikings
"I definitely try to get on a basis where I use Chiropractic at least twice a week. I would definitely say that it helps me to perform at a higher level."
Emmit Smith, NFL Hall of Fame
“I have been going to chiropractors as long as I can remember. It is as important to my training as my practice swing.”
Tiger Woods, PGA Champion