Athletes at all levels are using chiropractic for sports injuries and to recover from the demanding workouts. Many college and professional teams even have chiropractors on their medical staff to treat patients. Just this past football season, athletes were seen being treated by the team chiropractor right on the sidelines. To the left you can see the Denver team chiropractor adjusting one of the players.
Now, a new award-winning study further confirmed previous studies that chiropractic can also improve athletic performance. Chiropractic is giving a natural edge to the athletes.
Researchers examined 18 professional Brazilian judo competitors while under chiropractic care. Half of the athletes received chiropractic adjustments while the other received sham treatment. Researchers then evaluated athletes’ grip strength using a device that measures muscle force.
Throughout the study both groups maintained their regular workout schedule, but the chiropractic group had substantial improvements in their scores. After just three treatments, the chiropractic group improved their grip strength by 11% on the left side and 17% on their right, while athletes in the sham treatment group had only improved by 4-6%.
This study is more evidence that chiropractic improves nervous system functioning, which in turn strengthens muscles. Other studies and researchers report improved reflexes, flexibility, range of motion, breathing capacity, postural strength and coordination.
Chiropractic keeps your nervous system working efficiently and that is what plays the vital role in all the edges it provides the athletes in improving peak performance, injury prevention and facilitating recovery.
Many pro athletes are speaking about the benefits of chiropractic:
Lance Armstrong said “The Chiropractor is the most important person on the team staff.”
One of the greatest boxers of all time, Holyfield remarks, “I have to have an adjustment before I go into the ring. The majority of boxers go to get that edge.”
Recently NBA MVP Derrick Rose credited chiropractic for getting him back on the court after suffering with back spasms.
From the worlds fastest man, Usain Bolt, to Roger Craig, Jerry Rice, Emmit Smith, Tiger Woods, Aaron Rodgers, Olympian Dan O’Brien, Mark McGwire, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roy Jones Jr, Wayne Gretzky, Billy Jean King, John McEnroe, Mary Lou Retton, Bruce Jennor, Jimmy Connors, Dan Marino, Warren Moon, Jack Dempsey to Michael Jordan just to name a few have all been under regular chiropractic care.
You do not have to be a professional athlete to benefit from the edge it can provide you too. Chiropractic is great to improve your work outs, athletic performance, injury recovery and promoting healthy lifestyles and habits. If you are ready to receive the best care that pro athletes utilize, contact a local chiropractor.
Dr. Russell Brokstein, DC is owner of Hometown Family Wellness Center in Freehold, NJ. He has been in practice for 13 years and has worked on all levels of athletes from grade school to professional level and retirees who still get to enjoy their recreational sports while under chiropractic care. Call our office today to see how we can help you at 732-780-0044. Find out more information about chiropractic by clicking here: www.chiropractorfreehold.com
Botelho MB, Andrade BB. Effect of cervical spine manipulative therapy on judo athletes’ grip strength. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2012;35(11):38-44.