The Advantages of Chiropractic Care for High School Athletes

By Sara Butler

High School Athletics and Chiropractic

Kids these days. They spend a lot of time sitting around, watching television or texting with friends at the speed of light on their smartphones. That’s why encouraging your child to stay active with high school athletics is a great thing. It gets them up, gets them out, and gets them interacting face to face with real people. But high school athletics don’t come without their own set of risks for your child, which is why the chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic encourage families with teens to see a chiropractor regularly, especially if they participate in sports. Here are just a few of the benefits your teen can take advantage of with chiropractic care.

Improved Function

Every athlete, no matter what level they’re at, wants to be better. To achieve greatness (or even for some kids, averageness), the musculoskeletal system needs to be functioning at its best. In order for this to occur, the body must be free of joint restriction and dysfunction and the muscles must be able to go through their full and natural range of motion. With the help of the chiropractors at The Joint, your child can address any dysfunctions and restrictions and make their workouts more effective in building muscle strength and flexibility.

Reduced Injuries

One of the biggest concerns parents have about their child participating in sports at any level is injuries. You want your child to be healthy, after all -- that’s why they’re involved in sports in the first place! Luckily, this is a concern that chiropractic care can help you to address.

Chiropractic care has been shown to help reduce injuries for teens (and adults!) in sports. This is due to the fact that with joint restrictions and dysfunctions eliminated and the full range of motion occurring in the muscles, the body is able to move as it should to avoid sprains and strains. A balanced body is a healthy body and less likely to be injured one!

Better Recovery Time

Sure, we all wish we could have the recovery time of a 16-year-old again, but your actual 16-year-old can improve an already impressive recovery time with the help of chiropractic. Chiropractic care helps your body to heal itself more effectively and faster. When the body’s natural potential is unlocked and it can do what it was made to do -- heal on its own -- then that’s less time the body needs to recover, even when an injury occurs.

Improved Coordination

Coordination and body control are essential to sports; the sensory receptors in your central nervous system, called proprioceptors, play a huge role in controlling each and every part of the body. Regular chiropractic care can help your teen athlete to improve their proprioceptors and stay balanced and coordinated, which only helps them to be at their very best.

If your young athlete has dreams of making it big in the world of athletics, then let them dream. You, however, need to stay firmly planted in reality -- a reality in which you make sure to take them on regular visits to the chiropractor to help them stay healthy and be at their very best.

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