Football season has officially begun, and as much fun as it is to watch, there’s no denying it is a tough sport. The sport sees a great number and variety of injuries — some serious — including head, neck, knee, ankle, and spinal injuries. Chiropractic quickly became a popular method for treating injuries as well as injury prevention and pain management.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, 77% of the National Football League (NFL) trainers preferred players to have a chiropractor for treatment in evaluation. When this survey was taken in 2002, only 31% of NFL teams had a team chiropractor. Currently, all 32 NFL teams have a chiropractor on staff. Here’s how chiropractic care benefits football players.
You’ve surely seen a player or two taken off the field with an injury. Chiropractic has long been seen as an effective tool for pain relief and management. When the central nervous system is functioning optimally because subluxations have been removed, the body is better able to heal itself. Chiropractic care also aids in the relief of headaches, particularly those developing from neck and head injuries. It also relieves pain from injuries such as knee and ankle sprains along with shoulder pain.
Beyond providing pain relief, chiropractic is also used to prevent injuries from happening in the first place. There is a direct correlation between a decline in sports-related injuries and athletes who regularly receive chiropractic treatments. Those who use chiropractic care experience increased mobility and flexibility, which is linked to injury prevention. Chiropractic also increases strength, making the body more resistant to injury.
Chiropractic adjustments are one of the primary chiropractic therapies in sports medicine. These manipulations increase flexibility and minimize or eliminate pain during movement. Chiropractic manipulations are often used by football players as a way to prevent injuries, and mobility and flexibility can improve athletic performance.
Increased Strength and Endurance
If gaining strength and endurance is the goal, chiropractic can help. Although commonly understood to relieve pain, chiropractic can do so much more, including promoting strength in the muscles after just a few sessions. This helps players avoid injury in conjunction with improved mobility and helps to improve stamina and endurance.
If chiropractic is the key to health, it is essential for athletes! Overexertion, muscle soreness, joint stiffness, and even sharing spaces (like locker rooms) with many others can impact overall health and wellness. With chiropractic care, the body functions at its best keeping athletes in tip-top shape.
Sports Hernia Relief
Management of groin pain due to injury is extremely important for athletes, including NFL players. Athletic pubalgia is one of the most common causes of groin pain related to injuries. Athletic pubalgia, aka sports hernia, can cause serious pain. Chiropractic has been shown to provide relief within 8 weeks when combined with other rehabilitative exercises.
If you’re looking to be this season’s MVP, chiropractic is key! It plays an important role for injury prevention, treatment, pain relief, and care for the whole body. To learn more about how chiropractic can benefit you, click here to contact our practice!