“Chiropractic has really helped me to keep my body in line to help my body recover..” — Chris Carter

 

 

I go to the chiropractor all the time.  My chiropractor makes good money off of me.

I was recently reading through some combine training facilities’ brochures, and I noticed that almost all of them offer some type of chiropractic care for the guys they train.

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NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice is a huge advocate for the importance of chiropractic care. (ICON Sports)

I couldn’t help but wonder, “…if chiropractic care is so beneficial for guys training for the combine, why wouldn’t you do it to try to help you “get” to that point?”

So I decided to research to see how much chiropractic help can potentially help you as a player.

As usual, below are links to the articles I checked out so you can check them out for yourself, if you want:

Note: I’m not saying that I personally approve of the information that I found while doing this research.  I am merely sharing what I found from what appear to be credible resources.  I encourage you to do your own research or consult with your own doctor before taking any of this stuff as “gospel.”

Chiropractic Can Improve Athletic Performance

A look at the role of chiropractors in the NFL

The Winning Edge: Athletic Performance and Chiropractic

Chiropractic treatment and the enhancement of sport performance: a narrative literature review

Lesson #1 – Chiropractic Care Can Improve Performance

 

In “Chiropractic Can Improve Athletic Performance”, the author, Dr. Melanie Beingessner, a chiropractor in Canada, states that, well, chiropractic care can improve your athletic performance.

I just learned this recently from my personal chiropractor, but in this article she explains that chiropractic care can help improve the function of the nervous system.

Improvements in the functionality of the nervous system improves the efficiency of the communication that goes on between your brain and your body.

Well how can this improve athletic performance?

Good question.

Dr. Beingessner kinda explains that:

 

In our bodies, the brain is the master control and everything that we do is regulated by nerve impulses that are sent from the brain out to the body through our nerves. The vertebrae protect the spine and allow our bodies to move, but they can become fixed (the chiropractic term is subluxated) and these subluxated vertebrae can put pressure on the nerves as they exit the spine. This added pressure on the nerves can restrict the impulses that are sent from the brain to the body, which in turn can reduce the body’s ability to function as it should. Chiropractic adjustments improve the movement of the vertebrae and help to take the pressure off the nerves as they exit from the spine. With the release in pressure on the nervous system, the brain is able to communicate with the body more efficiently and the body functions with more precision.

 

 

 

She goes on to give examples of athletes who got chiropractic adjustments before performances, from John Stockton, Joe Montana, Michael Jordan, to Donovan Bailey, who got an adjustment right before his one-on-one race with Michael Smith to settle the score on who was the fastest man in the world.

In “The Winning Edge…” the author gives his take on how it helps your performance:

A proper biomechanical structure allows athletes to achieve and maintain their optimal level of performance safely and naturally. There is a growing body of research and case studies which clearly show the relationship between Chiropractic care and athletic performance.

 

Lesson #2 – Chiropractic Care Is Heavily Used in the NFL

 

My personal logic is that if something is important enough for NFL teams to do it, it’s important enough for guys that want to play in the NFL.

In “A look at the role of chiropractors in the NFL”, Spencer H. Baron, the team chiropractic physician for the Miami Dolphins, who was named the 2010 National Sports Chiropractor of the Year, says that all but one of the 32 teams in the NFL (the Oakland Raiders) use a chiropractor to help prevent and manage injuries.

And they’re used fairly heavily.

He says the average pro football chiropractor gives 30 to 50 adjustments every week during the NFL season.

In “The Winning Edge…” article, Sean Atkins, PhD Exercise Physiologist, says that he’d estimate that nearly 90% of world-class athletes use chiropractic care on a regular basis to treat and prevent injuries, as well as to improve performance.

Check out the NFL all-time greatest wide receiver, Jerry Rice, as he talks about how chiropractic care helped him.

 

Lesson #3 – Chiropractic Care Can Help Prevent Injuries and Maximize Healing/Recovery

 

In the “The Winning Edge…” article, the author, Keith Wassung, a former national drug-free weightlifting champion who’s been honored as the “Man of the Year” by the Federation of Straight Chiropractic (and “Humanitarian of the Year” by the Southern Chiropractic Association), says that the improvement in bodily functionality that you can get from chiropractic care can improve healing and recovery for multiple injuries.

Speaking of Keith, here’s an interview with Keith about the importance of chiropractic care.

It’s kind of long, but if you listen to what he says, you’ll understand that power of what you’re missing out on.

 

I hope the info I shared today has encouraged you to seriously consider seeking chiropractic care on a regular basis.

With all the players that want to play in the NFL just like you, you need every edge you can get to improve your performance.


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