Playing Summer Sports?
Put A Wyoming, MI Chiropractor On Your Team
Did you know that chiropractic care improves sports performance? In a study highlighted in Chiropractic: The Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation[i], 50 athletes were divided into two groups. One group received chiropractic care and the other did not. Over the following six weeks, the athletes were measured in 11 different areas, for example, agility, balance, perception of body movement, power, and reaction time. After the six weeks, the group under chiropractic care improved significantly in all eleven categories. The group that did not receive care did not.
Another study reported in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research[ii] tested 20 college baseball players on their athletic abilities, things like the vertical jump, standing broad jump, and muscle strength as well as physiological tests including electrocardiogram, blood pressure, pulse rate and treadmill stress testing. Again, the baseball players receiving chiropractic care showed significant improvement over those that did not.
In both studies, the athletes receiving chiropractic care showed significant improvement in capillary count, which helps improve the flow of blood and oxygen to muscles under exercise load. An important body function for athletes—and the rest of us!
For years, athletes and athletic programs have made chiropractic care a regular part of their health care regimen. Joe Montana, Martina Navratilova and Charles Barkley are just a few of the professional athletes who have used chiropractic care during their careers. The U.S. Olympic Team has used chiropractors since 1980. The Asian and Pan American Games have also used chiropractors in official capacities in recent years.
A survey of head athletic trainers of the 36 National Football League (NFL) teams revealed:
- 45% of the trainers themselves had been to a chiropractor
- 71% of the trainers had worked professionally with a chiropractor
- 77% of the trainers have referred players to a chiropractor
- 31% of the NFL teams use an official team chiropractor
- 100% of the trainers revealed that some players use a chiropractor without being referred by the team doctor
- 81% of the trainers agree that there is a role for chiropractors in the NFL
- While 31% of the teams have a chiropractor officially on staff, an additional 12% of the teams that do not have chiropractors on staff refer players to chiropractors
Any sports activity can cause spinal subluxations that need to be corrected by your chiropractor. It doesn't matter if you are an eight-year-old soccer player or a 55-year-old golfer. If you give your body more opportunity to develop spinal problems, whether from work, stress or play, then you need to give your body more opportunities to heal. In other words, if you do sports, do chiropractic. If your chiropractor finds subluxations, have them adjusted. Chances are, you’ll improve your health — and your game!
[i] [1991, 6:84-87]
[ii] Vol. 1, No. 4, 1997
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