Chiropractic's Role in Sports


sports injuriesAs more athletes discover the benefits of chiropractic care not only for injuries but additionally for increased performance, more athletes and teams are using chiropractic to gain an important edge. A recent study published in the March/April 2002 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, (JMPT) examined the usage of chiropractic care by National Football League teams throughout the US.
The Journal article reported on the results of a survey of NFL trainers on their usage and referral to chiropractic care. Participants of the survey were head athletic trainers of the 36 National Football League teams. They were all men, and all had at least 17 years of experience and had served with their present team in their current position for a minimum of 1 year .

The results of the survey showed that 45% percent of the trainers themselves have been treated by a chiropractor. Presently 31% of NFL teams use chiropractors in an official capacity as part of their staffs. However, even though not necessarily on the staff of the NFL team a full 77% of the trainers have referred to a chiropractor for evaluation or treatment. Probably the most telling result of the survey is that 100% of trainers agree that some players use chiropractic care without referral from team medical staff.

Should trainers refer players with suspected spinal subluxations to chiropractors? - Five percent of trainers strongly agree, 48% agree, 24% disagree, and 19% have no opinion.
Is there a role for the doctor of chiropractic in the NFL? - Eighty-one percent agree that there is a role for the chiropractor in the NFL, 5% strongly agree, 14% have no opinion, and none disagree.
Is the role of the sport chiropractor different from that of the team physician? - All (100%) of the trainers see these roles as different from each other.
Many athletes utilize regular chiropractic care to stay at the top of their sport. It is no coincidence that the finest athletes in the world choose chiropractic. They know something that many others still don't... chiropractic works!
Some of the world's finest athletes that choose chiropractic as a part of their approach to conditioning, training, and lifestyle:

Emmitt Smith - NFL - Football
When asked how he stays in such great shape, Emmitt Smith often responds, "a good chiropractor."

Tiger Woods - Golf
Many people don't know that Tiger Woods rode upon a Chiropractic Float in the 1995 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade.

Lance Armstrong - Cycling
4 Time Winner of the Tour De France. Lance's chiropractor has traveled with him on every Tour De France.

Terrell Owens - NFL - Football
"Those are the guys that put me on the field when I didn't think I had a chance to be on the field. These are professionals, and God put them in my life for a reason."

Arnold Schwarzenegger - Bodybuilding, Fitness
Arnold has been a huge supporter of chiropractic for many years. One of his old muscle beach buddies, Dr. Franco Columbo, is a chiropractor in Southern California.

Bill Romanowski - NFL - Football
His opponents are not thrilled at his good health. Romanowski is considered among the dirtiest players in the NFL, a linebacker with a Dick Butkus mentality.

John Stockton - NBA - Basketball
Utah Jazz player says about chiropractic, "it's been great for me, and for my family."

Chiropractic care is a vital part of these athletes lives. Find out why, make a plan to visit our office today.

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