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Chiropractic Care for Student-Athletes

By Madhusudhan Tammisetti

Nothing is more frustrating than having student-athletes miss their game due to the flu, a cold, or stomach problems. However, given that students are in classrooms half the time with sniffling pupils and the remaining half in a field, it's easy to assume that illness is constantly lurking all around them.

Maintaining Clean Health

With the flu and the cold becoming more prevalent, it's more important than ever to keep your student-athlete's digestive health and immunity in good and healthy condition.

Chiropractic care may naturally improve the child's immune system, assisting them in fighting off infectious diseases while also allowing them to stay focused on their studies. Not to mention that chiropractic adjustments help with digestion, removing sluggish emotions, and keeping their stomachs happy.

May Prevent Future Injuries

In many cases of stress or overuse injuries, the warning signs are present long before the injury develops. Your young athlete may address any pains or aches with regular visits to a chiropractor before they become a problem. Chiropractors are trained to detect "misalignments" or subluxations in the spinal joints and spine.

Routine chiropractic sessions enable the chiropractor to detect whether anything is wrong with the child's bones, muscles, or tendons immediately. Then, the chiropractor may devise a treatment plan that may minimize the risk of injury.

May Offer Sports-Specific Care

Every student-athlete works hard to push their bodies to their limits. While their general practitioner may treat rash, fever, or cold they had during the season, they may not treat sports-related injuries.

Playing volleyball, stretching the arm to throw, or swinging to hit a golf ball may cause joint wear and tear and injury to the spine. Sports chiropractic treatment offers a more specialized approach to health care, focusing on the joints, muscles, and bones that are used to maintain certain positions.

Bone Development

A student-athlete's growing body is supported by bones. Childhood and teen years are key periods for bone development, and the lifestyle habits your children develop now may make or break their bones later on.

Bone mass gained throughout childhood and teen years is a key driver of long-term bone health and most people's bone mass peaks in the late 20s. By the age of 20, boys have reached peak bone mass by 90 percent, while by the age of 18, girls have reached the same peak bone mass. Sports-related physical trauma, although not necessarily visible to the human eye, may injure developing bones by slowing its growth or changing the density.

Chiropractic care keeps the bones strong, guaranteeing that the student-athlete is healthy not just today but also in the long term.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Las Vegas, Nev.

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