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Chiropractic Sports Performance

October 26, 2015

Chiropractic Sports Performance

Everyone knows what an important role staying active plays in our health, especially as we get older. At Goddard Chiropractic we work hard to make sure that every patient stays active and healthy for many years to come.

Chiropractic care is the perfect way to keep your body functioning correctly, and it’s also perfect for those involved in sports and athletics. Thousands of professional athletes take advantage of the competitive edge they gain from regular chiropractic care from golfers like Tiger Woods to tennis players like Andy Murray through to athletic stars like Usain Bolt.

How does chiropractic help athletes stay healthy and boost performance? Let’s look at the research:


Chiropractic Prevents Sports Injuries

A 2010 study looked at Australian football players who received chiropractic care and compared them to those who received regular sports training. It was found that the chiropractic patients were significantly less likely to experience lower-limb muscle strains and therefore they also missed less playing time due to injury.


Chiropractic Relieves Sports-Related Back Pain

Many people suffer from back pain including athletes, and that can be very limiting. Chronic pain makes it harder to get the most out of your workout and can leave you on the sidelines.

A study conducted in 2011 found that chiropractic was the best way to recover from back pain for athletes.


Chiropractic Helps Recovery from Ankle Sprains

A sprained ankle can be devastating for someone who is active. Fortunately, a study from 2014 found that people who received chiropractic care and rehabilitation recovered more quickly after an ankle injury than those who received rehabilitation alone.


Chiropractic Increases Jump Height

Athletes are a pretty competitive bunch, and they’re always trying to get that extra bit of performance. A study from 2014 divided 19 women handball players into a group who received chiropractic adjustments and a group who did not. They then compared the maximum jump height of the two groups and found that those who received chiropractic had a noticeable improvement.


Chiropractic Makes You Stronger

Chiropractic works by removing restrictions on your nervous system that allows your body to function at its best. A 2011 study involved a group of 18 professional judo athletes. Half were given chiropractic adjustments while the other half were given a sham (fake) adjustment. The researchers found that chiropractic adjustment group had a 10% stronger grip strength on the left side and a 16% stronger grip strength on the right side. The sham adjustment group had no improvement in grip strength.


Chiropractic Helps Runners

This study found that a group of runners who received chiropractic adjustments had increased hip extension and improved joint function, when compared to those who didn’t receive chiropractic.


Chiropractic Relieves Hip Pain in Golfers

This 2012 study was a case report that documented a 49-year-old female golfer who had been suffering from hip osteoarthritis for several years. By the sixth visit to the chiropractor, the patient reported that her left hip pain was “great” and by the eighth visit, both her hips generally felt “good.” The woman continued receiving treatments every two weeks thereafter. After six months, the patient reported that she was able to golf pain-free!

As these studies show, chiropractic care is an effective and safe way to keep your body working. Fortunately, you don’t have to be a top level athlete making millions of pounds a year to benefit from chiropractic care. We can help you.

If you would like to improve your performance or if you’re being held back by an injury, we’re here to help you. Call us today for an appointment.


Chiropractic and Sports Injury Prevention

Hoskins W, Pollard H. The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian Rules footballers: a randomized control trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11:64.

Back Pain Treatment

Petering R and Webb C. Treatment options for low back pain in athletes. Sports Health 2011; 3(6): 550-555.

Ankle Sprain Recovery

Lubbe D, Lakhani E, Brantingham JW, et al. Manipulative therapy and rehabilitation for recurrent ankle sprain. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2014 Nov 6. S0161-4754(14)00204-8.

Chiropractic and Jump Height

Hedlund, S. Effect of chiropractic manipulation on vertical jump height in young female athletes with talocrural joint dysfunction: a single-blinded randomized clinical pilot trial. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014. doi:10.1016/j.jmpt.2013.11.004.

Grip Strength and Chiropractic

Botelho, Marcelo and Bruno Andrade. “Effect of Cervical Spine Manipulative Therapy on Judo Athletes’ Grip Strength. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapies. 2011; 35(11): 38-44.

Chiropractic Helps Runners

Sandell J, Palmgren RC, Bjorndhal L. Effect of chiropractic treatment on hip extension ability and running velocity among young male running athletes. Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2009;7:39-47.

Chiropractic and Golfing

Howell E. Rehabilitation and treatment of a recreational golfer with hip osteoarthritis: a case report. Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association 2012; 65 (3):201-8.

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