What Position does Chiropractic Play in Sports?

The Edge. Performance. Prevention. Future.

You’re an athlete.  You play football.  Here’s what you know the first question everybody asks you is: “What position do you play?”

Well that’s the question I’m going to answer for you regarding chiropractic–what position does chiropractic play in sports?  The answer is we play the position of the edge.  We give you the edge, and it’s the edge in three areas: performance, prevention and future.

First of all, chiropractic gives you the edge in performance.

Chiropractic can give you as much as a–look at this–ten percent difference in performance.  You understand that 10% is a lot!  10% better is something that every athlete wants.

You may know that an Olympic Gold Medalist in the Decathlon is known as the greatest athlete in the world.  They have to be great at ten different fields of Track & Field.  They put their bodies through unbelievable stress and strain to be at the top of their game.

Dan O’Brien, Olympic Gold Medalist in the Decathlon, said, “Chiropractic is essential for running.  If I could put a percentage value on it I would say that I compete 8-10% better from regular chiropractic care.”

Parents–if you could buy tennis shoes that would increase your kids’ performance by 10%, would you buy them?  As a matter of fact, if there was any piece of equipment that you could buy for your kid that would increase their performance by 10%, would you even hesitate?  The answer is obviously no because you want your kids to win.

You want your kids to start.  You want your team to have the edge.  In the Olympics, often times the difference between a gold and silver medal is .01 or one hundredth of a second.  They say football is a game of inches.  A 10% chiropractic edge could be a big deal.

It can make the difference between starting or not, getting that scholarship or not, winning that championship or not, or recovering from an injury to play that game or not.  Now that we have slow motion in all professional sports, the difference between safe and out is often so close that it can’t be seen unless we slow it down and look at it again.

“Obviously I’m sold on that 10%,” you’re thinking, “but how does chiropractic do that?”

The brain communicates to all parts of the body through a central nervous system.  It communicates through nerves that are housed and encased in your spine, and the communication through those nerves determines how quickly and accurately your body moves and reacts.  It is essential that this communication is 100% or the body will obviously not perform at 100% because it doesn’t get the communication it needs.

Look at it just like your cellphone.  You know how frustrating it is if you’ve ever gotten an important call and it gets fuzzy from poor reception.  One phone call that should’ve been 2 minutes turns into 5 minutes because it keeps cutting out–because the communication isn’t good and there is interference.  That is how the body works.  It relies on that same line of communication, and when there’s interference to that line the brain cannot communicate to the rest of the organs, resulting in slower reaction times and less accurate movements.

What causes this nerve interference for the body like it does a cell phone?  The answer is daily-ness of life.  It’s just you.  It’s what you do.  OSHA, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, stated that by the age of 13 you have already experienced over 1,000 traumas to your spine, and if you’re a competitive athlete, that number goes up significantly.  It’s these traumas that cause misalignments of the spine, which then causes nerve interference so that your brain cannot communicate properly to the rest of the body.  The result–decreased performance.

Nerve interference can disrupt cardiovascular and respiratory function because of poor nerve communication.  It means less wind and more fatigue.  Do you want that for your athlete?

Chiropractic adjustments correct nerve interference by re-aligning the vertebrae to take pressure off the nerves, among other benefits, resulting in 100% communication like a cellphone.  A research study of 100 athletes was done to test the effect chiropractic has on athletic performance.  50 of the athletes received chiropractic care, and 50 of the athletes did not.  They were tested before and after six weeks of training.  The group that did not receive chiropractic care improved by less than 1%, even after six weeks of training.  The group receiving regular chiropractic care improved by almost 18%.

Michael Jordan said, “I didn’t know how much I could improve until I started seeing a chiropractor.”  WOW!  “Since I’ve been in chiropractic I’ve improved by leaps and bounds both mentally and physically.”

Tom Brady said, “As long as I see the chiropractor I feel like I am one step ahead of the game.”

Aaron Rodgers said, “Performing at my best is important to me and should be to everyone.  I am blessed that my dad is a chiropractor.  Getting adjusted regularly–along with practicing other good health habits that my mom helped me to establish–are all part of my goal to win in life and on the field.”

Evander Holyfield said, “I have to have an adjustment before I go into the ring.  I found that going to the chiropractor three times a week helps my performance.  The majority of boxers go to get that edge.”

The second edge that chiropractic provides is prevention.

This means the edge in prevention of injuries and also faster healing.  World renowned exercise physiologist, Dr. Sean Atkins, said, “I would estimate that at least 90% of world-class athletes use chiropractic on a regular basis to prevent injuries and to improve their performance.”

Dan O’Brien said, “You obviously can’t compete at your fullest if you’re not in alignment, and your body cannot heal if you’re not in alignment.  Every Track & Field athlete that I have ever met has seen a chiropractor.  In Track & Field it is absolutely essential.”

25 million people visit a doctor for athletic injuries, costing $67 billion, according to US News & World Report.  If you care about yourself as an athlete or you have a child who is an athlete, no matter how talented they are, no matter how strong they are, no matter how great they are at their sport–an injury can undo all of it.  An injury can erase talent.  It can change the whole future of an athlete.  That means that you need to do all the injury prevention you can possibly do to preserve that athlete.

In The Journal of Neurological Science it says, “The quality of healing is directly proportional to the function capability of the nervous system to send and receive nerve messages.”  How clear is that?

The third edge which chiropractic gives athletes is the future.

There’s no question that sports are a lot of fun.  We wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t fun, but it also causes a lot of stress, strain and trauma to the body.  If that stress, strain and trauma is left untreated, the accumulation of these traumas over a decade or two of sports can be brutal to that athlete in later years.

This part usually doesn’t happen while you’re playing that sport.  It happens in later years.  If your child doesn’t regularly brush his or her teeth, they feel fine for a long time.  Eventually, however, they’re going to lose all their teeth.  The teeth are going, going, gone.

Everything wears out.  The same is true with the traumas of the body.  Go ahead for your athletes–they’re young and strong right now–leave it untreated.  You might not see the results right away, but you’re going to see the results in later years.

The majority of professional athletes have almost no mobility and are many times in great pain later in life.  A Washington Post survey of more than 500 retired NFL athletes found that 9 in 10 of them reported suffering from aches and pains on a daily basis.  By the way, that 1 in 10 who did not report suffering was probably the kicker.

“I can’t run anymore,” says Pete Kindle, age 39.  “I can’t play basketball with my kids.  I can’t walk for any extended distance.”  Roman Oben says, “I’m 40 years old going on 65.  God knows what I’ll feel like when I’m actually 65 years old.”  Pretty compelling isn’t it?

Now, I understand that these are professional athletes who will most likely have spent more time throughout life beating up their bodies compared to most children in sports who do not make it to the professional level.  Nevertheless the amplification with professional sports allows you to see the true ramifications of leaving it untreated.  The truth is you want your kids to be able to play with their kids when they are 50, when they’re 65, even when they’re 85.  In today’s day and time, they’re destined to live over 100 with the ever-growing life expectancy.

They need to be treating the wear-and-tear of sports on their body with regular chiropractic care.  They are going to outlive their sport.  They are going to need their mobility longer than they play organized sports.  Chiropractic is what you need for the future.

You want chiropractic to provide your athlete the edge.  Chiropractic plays the position of improving performance by as much as 10%, preventing injuries, speeding up healing and preserving your future.

Get the edge.  Contact a doctor of chiropractic today.  Contact us to have us give our powerful presentation for your sports team, booster club, athletic department or training facility: “What Position Does Chiropractic Play In Sports?”

-Dr. Tyler Skibba, Doctor of Chiropractic, Co-owner