Minimizing the Risk of Injury
With all of the athletes that I treat and come into contact with on a regular basis there is one common theme; these athletes are always looking for the best way to recover from an injury and the best thing to do to keep from getting injured. Now every athlete whether they are elite, an age grouper, or a weekend warrior has found certain routines that work for them. If you haven’t looked into chiropractic care for your training regime, now is the time.
The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness published a study that demonstrates the need for correct spinal and soft tissue biomechanics. Researchers followed 52 high level athlets for the space of two years to study the correlation between injuries and body mechanics. From their clinical protocol they were able to come up with the following top 5 deficiencies:
Excessive lumbar curve
Excessive thoracic curve
At the end of the 2 years, the most common injuries among the athletes were back injuries. This was common in almost half of the athletes Affecting 24 of the 52 athletes. The incidence of injury was linked to the body mechanic defects associated with the site of injury. The researchers concluded that their results strongly suggest that treating biomechanical deviations would dramatically reduce the risk of high level athletic injuries.
Along with correcting faulty biomechanics, chiropractic care has been scientifically shown to stimulate and correct the functioning of joint proprioceptors. The proper firing and functioning of these joint proprioceptors are the basis for eliciting autonomic or subconscious spinal reflexes that change muscle action to control body posture and complex muscle firing pattern movements. Since this is the basis of functional stability, it is necessary to monitor for the prevention of injuries in any athlete.
I have seen over and over in my 15 years of clinical experience that the Loss of feedback control from improper functioning joint proprioceptors can directly cause faulty mechanics that leads to reinjury of the same joint.”
Why is chiropractic care effective in sports?
It’s very simple; chiropractic care focuses on the cause of the mechanical deficiency or injury and not just the symptoms. Most sports experts agree that getting rid of the pain of a sports injury is not sufficient. The most effective way to manage sports injury is with a well-rounded treatment program. Including chiropractic care will help athlets target aspects of their training such as:
proper warm-up, focus on technique, improved biomechanics, optimum conditioning, enhancing balance and coordination, improving tissue reaction times, correcting existing injuries from faulty biomechanics, optimal diet and nutrition, sufficient rest, positive mental attitude, etc. This will allow the any athlete regardless of level of performance to excel and avoid unnecessary injury.