Tennis, basketball, hockey, soccer… whatever sport you’re passionate about tends to hold a lot of value in your life. When you play in high school, sports can take up a lot of after school time as well as weekends. In college, the competitiveness really gears up and there can be a lot at stake. Even in your adult life, playing a pickup game with friends or training for that next 5k can keep you healthy and bring a lot of joy.
But, what role does chiropractic play in all this? It takes you to the next edge. It doesn’t matter where you’re at in your life—if you play sports, chiropractic can help!
There are three specific ways we think chiropractic can benefit those who play sports or stay active.
If there was a piece of equipment you could buy that would increase your performance by 10%, you would buy it, wouldn’t you?
Well, studies show that chiropractic care can make as much as a 10% difference in performance and that 10% could be what you need to take you (or your child) to the next level! It can be the difference in winning or losing. It could be the depending factor on whether you start or not. Or, it could mean recovering from an injury in time for the big game.
The brain communicates to all parts of the body through the central nervous system. This is how the body knows how to move and react. It controls how quickly your body moves—in other words, how it performs. It is essential that this communication is at 100% or the body will not perform at 100%.
The nerves carry this communication from the brain to all parts of your body. Think of it like your cell phone and good or bad “reception”. If there is interference with your cell reception, the communication is dropped and the call is lost. When there is nerve interference, the communication to the body gets dropped, which means the body doesn’t know what to do so they can’t respond with 100% accuracy.
You may never notice nerve interferences specifically, but they happen in regular, daily life. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) states that by age 13, you have already experienced over 1000 traumas to your spine. An athlete multiplies this statistic because of the nature of their activities.
These traumas cause misalignments of the spine which hinders how your brain communicates to your entire body. This leads to a decrease in overall performance and an increase in your susceptibilities to become injured or ill.
Some examples of nerve interference include disrupted cardiovascular and respiratory function, giving athletes less wind and more fatigue. It can also cause muscle contractions resulting in less strength and more lethargy.
Your chiropractor knows how to remove the interference in the nerve line so that the communication in your body is 100%.
This was tested on a group of 100 athletes, 50 of which did not receive chiropractic care and 50 who added chiropractic to their athletic training. After 6 weeks, the group who received chiropractic care increased their reaction times to more than 18% of their initial scores. The other 50 demonstrated less than 1% improvement.
No matter how great your talent or how big your athletic opportunities are, they all come to a halt with injuries. Injury prevention should be a higher priority—sports injuries to youth now exceed the occurrence of infectious disease.
You don’t just have to take our word for it. It is estimated that at least 90% of world class athletes use chiropractic for sports on a regular basis to prevent injuries and to improve performance.
“You obviously can’t compete at your fullest if you’re not in alignment. And your body cannot heal if you are not in alignment. Every track and field athlete that I have ever met has seen a chiropractor. In track and field it is absolutely essential.” Dan O’Brien, Olympic Gold Medalist in the Decathlon.
Sports are a lot of fun but they also cause a lot of stress, strain and trauma to your body joints and skeletal system. Left untreated, the accumulation of these traumas over a decade of sports activities can be brutal in later years.
Because your body suffers these traumas when you are young, the probable effects are not felt for many years. It would be like a child who eats and never brushes—their teeth are fine for a while—but years later they pay the price for the neglect.
A Washington Post survey of more than 500 retired NFL players found 9 in 10 reported suffering from aches and pains on a daily basis. “I can’t run anymore,” says former offensive lineman Pete Kindall, 39, “I can’t play basketball with my kids, can’t walk for any extended distance.”
We want your future, or the future of your children to be bright, mobile and healthy. You need to treat the wear and tear of sports with regular chiropractic care. It doesn’t mean you need to stop playing, it just means you need to treat the effects it has on your body.
Improve your performance, prevent injuries and preserve your future. What are you waiting for? Contact Millard Family Chiropractic & Wellness today to start taking care of yourself for tomorrow.