SCOTT COOK: Chiropractic makes mark in sports
May 21, 2013 11:00 AM
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One thing professional athletes do not have to worry about is health care. Teams want their players healthy; they want to get their money’s worth.

Longevity on the playing field is paramount, because for every year a player remains competitive, millions of dollars may be earned. Chiropractic is becoming the treatment of choice by professional and amateur athletes. This has been evident in the treatment of collegiate, Olympic and professional athletes.

Also, chiropractic care is not only limited to the more advanced athlete, but young athletes are able to benefit from chiropractic treatment as well.

As an athlete, you want to find a competitive edge that will allow you to be at the top of your game. This means enhancing your performance and preventing injury.

An increasing number of professional sports teams, professional athletes and Olympic coaches agree that chiropractic is an important part of their team’s competitive edge.

Top professionals in every sport are under chiropractic care to increase health and performance. Athletes such as Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Miguel Cabrera, Eli Manning, Sydney Crosby, Evander Holyfield and Annika Sorenstam all realize the important role that chiropractic care plays in increasing their body’s ability to perform better and prevent injuries.

Chiropractors’ education and area of focus is primarily in the areas of biomechanical and neuromusculoskeletal dysfunction (nerves, muscles and bones). Finding the cause of the problem is the goal for each patient.

Just like a high performance race car, your body must be in proper alignment to perform at its peak performance. Chiropractic care increases your ability to achieve a competitive edge by helping your body achieve its proper alignment. By maintaining proper spinal alignment through regular chiropractic care, you help your body to eliminate the biomechanical and musculoskeletal factors that often lead to injury.

The Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation published a study reporting that chiropractic care could improve an athlete’s performance by as much as 16.7 percent in just 12 weeks. Athletes, who removed nerve interference in their spines through chiropractic care alone, demonstrated faster reaction times, increased accuracy for gross and fine motor movements, and improved overall athletic performance.

On a personal note, last year I was given the opportunity to play a round of golf with the Pittsburgh Penguins’ assistant coach, Todd Reirden. During one of our conversations on injury prevention, Reirden emphasized the importance of chiropractic care in the Penguins organization.

He credited chiropractic care for not only lengthening his long career in the NHL but stated several of the Penguins players would not be playing now without it.

Chiropractors and other health experts work together to help athletes achieve superior athletic performance.

Scores of professional sports teams, coaches, entertainers and everyday people, from grandkids to grandparents, are realizing the importance of chiropractic in maintaining their health and overall performance.

If you want to improve your athletic performance, prevent injury or treat an injury, call today and schedule an appointment with a chiropractor.

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