How Athletes Use Chiropractic Care for Injury Care & Prevention

Fitness & Athletics Safety & Recreation Chiropractic Therapy Pain Treatment / March 15, 2017
An image titled 'Athletes Using Chiropractic Care' showing various athletes receiving chiropractic treatments. The athletes are engaged in different activities, such as running and stretching, while receiving adjustments from chiropractors, highlighting the benefits of chiropractic care in sports performance and recovery.

Professional athletes must remain in tip-top shape if they want to stay in the game. Unfortunately, with many sports, the risk of an injury is always looming.

According to the American Chiropractic Association, Doctors of Chiropractic are used by all 32 professional football teams. The chiropractors treat musculoskeletal strain injuries, such as neck and back pain, strains, and whiplash injuries, which helps reduce the use of prescription pain medications.

Chiropractic care for professional athletes become well-known when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana was treated by a chiropractor during the 1989 Super Bowl. By 2002, 31% of the National Football League used a chiropractor in an official capacity. In 2006, a study analyzing Division I NCAA collegiate athletes revealed that 29% of respondents visited chiropractors for help.

Football players are not the only ones who benefit from chiropractic care. In 1980, chiropractic care became an official part of Olympic training’s sports medicine program. Twenty-seven of 30 Major League baseball teams have an official team chiropractor, while almost every National Basketball Association team has an official team chiropractor as well.

Many other professional athletes, such as Jerry Rice, Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods, have made statements about their use of chiropractic care and how it’s helped them.

Chiropractic Care Benefits for Athletes

Most people think that chiropractic care mainly involves getting adjustments due to back and neck issues. However, for athletes, seeing a chiropractor is about dealing with injuries as much as it is about prevention. Here are a few ways that athletes can benefit from regular chiropractic visits.

Many athletes schedule routine visits with their chiropractor. The term “athlete” isn’t reserved for only those who play professional sports, it’s also for anyone who engages in any type of sport – from powerlifting to gymnastics to cheerleading.

If you are an athlete and want to learn more about how a chiropractor can help you, schedule an appointment with a ChiroCare of Florida doctor today.

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