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How Pro Athletes Gain Their Edge

By Genevieve Smith

Chiropractors are routinely kept as staff for the NBA, NFL, MLB, and NHL teams -- as well as the Olympics. Professional athletes undergo a lot of physical stress, and adjustments are known to help with recovery, as well as enhance performance when it comes to balance and even strength. Let’s take a look at the role chiropractic plays in various athletics.

  • Helps heal hockey injuries - Recurrent shoulder instability is commonly experienced by players in this full-contact sport, and chiropractic has been shown to speed up recovery.

  • Soothes sports hernia - A strain or tear in the soft tissue in the lower abdomen or groin can take a serious toll on an athlete. In one study, soccer players with this injury found relief after eight weeks of chiropractic combined with rehabilitation.

  • Amps up strength - Not a common association, chiropractic adjustments have been found to increase physical strength. A study of judo athletes at the national level improved their grip strength by 16 percent after a mere three chiropractic sessions.

  • Keeps Olympians sharp - In 2012, chiropractors were fully integrated to the core services for the first time at the London Olympics and Paralympics. Many countries sent their own team chiropractors, with the US sending over 100 to treat their athletes.

  • Calms tennis elbow - Tennis elbow is terribly common for players, with an estimate that 50 percent will develop the strain. Chiropractic care seeks to rehabilitate the elbow through joint manipulation, which has shown to be successful.  

  • Keeps baseball players running strong - The quick explosions of energy associated with baseball often result in hamstring pulls. Studies have found that regular adjustments not only decrease the rate of hamstring injuries, but also increase strength and long jump distance (though baseball players have little need for the long jump).

  • Invigorates football players - On the collegiate level, Viginia Tech found through a 2012 study that players performed better at both defense and offense after receiving preventative chiropractic therapy. Every NFL team has a chiropractor.

Chiropractic adjustments are turned to and trusted by major athletes and athletic associations. Regular care helps an athlete perform like a well-oiled machine. If you’d like to enhance your athletic performance, give a call to The Joint and see what they can offer you. Make sure to ask about their affordable pricing options. If you happen to be in the area, feel free to walk right in. Come at your convenience, and see what the knowledgabe and friendly team at The Joint can do for you.  

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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