When you are the parent of a student in athletics, especially one who is involved in a sport with a high likelihood of injuries, it is important to be proactive about their health and continuous care.
Every day, your student athlete pushes his or her body to the limit, practicing rigorous training patterns, and working to take their skills to the next level. With that level of exercise, however, they become more susceptible to a range of injuries.
Check out the most common injuries for student athletes in Plantation, and how a sports chiropractor can help, below.
Common Athlete Injuries in Plantation
The most common injuries that student athletes in Plantation, FL experience include the following:
- Neck/Back Injuries
- Wrist/Elbow/Shoulder Sprains and Strains
- Torn Ligaments
- Muscle Tears/Strains
- Rotator Cuff Tears
- Foot/Ankle/Knee/Hip Sprains and Strains
- ACL Surgery
- Tennis Elbow
While chiropractic care can help alleviate pain associated with these injuries and prevent future problems, they offer many other benefits as well.
It’s been shown that high-impact sports can place the same amount of strain on the body as an auto collision.
Athletes getting routine adjustments can experience improved athletic performance, improved range of motion (especially in endurance athletes), better flexibility, increased blood flow, and may suffer from fewer injuries.
How a Chiropractor Can Help
High-impact and low-impact athletes can benefit from regular spinal adjustments. If your student is involved in a high-impact sport, it increases performance and flexibility, while lowering the risk for injury. If your student is a low-impact athlete (like a golfer or bowler), chiropractic care can help to relieve strain placed on the body.
On top of the benefits mentioned above, chiropractic care can improve the following for student athletes:
Headaches – If your student athlete suffers from tension headaches, significant improvement is accomplished through manipulation of the upper two cervical vertebrae, coupled with adjustments to the junction between the cervical and thoracic spine. This is also helpful in most cases of migraine headaches, as long as food and lifestyle triggers are avoided as well.
Shoulder pain – If an athlete patient complains of shoulder pain, a chiropractor will concentrate on that part of the body. Chiropractic care, however, is based on the concept that connected parts of the body affect each other. With this in mind, it is normal for the wrist, elbow, and spine to also be examined.
Ankle injuries – Chiropractic adjustments can be performed on many different joints, including the ankle and foot. However, this is not a treatment for a sprained ankle, when ligaments are already stretched and torn.
Injury prevention – Warm-ups, using proper form, and varying your workouts to increase strength and flexibility are some ways you can prevent an injury. Chiropractic treatment, particularly spinal adjustments, hip alignments, and massage, have also been proven successful methods in preventing sports injuries from occurring in the future.
Chiropractors go through specific education and training to treat the injuries and ailments of athletes. In addition to treating athletic injuries, chiropractic care takes a holistic approach to all-around wellness and long-term health for your student athlete. Contact a sports chiropractor at our Plantation office to schedule an appointment today.