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Chiropractic to Boost Sports Performance & Reduce injuries

Whether you’re looking to get ripped or lean, pare pounds or build muscle mass, shave a minute or two off your mile or kick up the cardio, chiropractic can help. At our practice, we see athletes of all levels—from weekend warriors to avid CrossFitters, cyclists to soccer players. Regardless of the sport, most athletes share a common denominator—a desire to boost their performance and decrease injuries.

How Repetitive Movement Impacts the Body

runner jumping on mountainAthletes tend to subject their bodies through strenuous activities and sometimes very repetitive movement patterns. These activities impact the joints, ligaments muscles and structural load of the skeleton. Repetitive movement patterns also affect the neurology of the body.

You can take any sport and you will find a repetitive movement pattern. Perfecting this movement pattern is what takes an athlete to the next level of performance (the 10,000-hour rule). This repetition also impacts the tissues to a point of derangement. Derangement is where a muscle could become tight or a ligament could become stretched. When this occurs, the muscle loses its normal function.

There is a fine line between managing these changes (to prevent injury) and maintaining them (to keep skill pattern maintained).

Consider golfers. They perform the same golf swing over and over. The general position of a golf swing is a set stance with a hip hinge. This position requires good lumbopelvic control and needs good thoracic rotation and extension during the swing phase. Good hip mobility to swivel with the swing through is also needed.

If an injury occurs during these biomechanical movements, the body will adapt and put strain on other areas causing more wear and tear on those structures (arthritis).

This is just a specific example in which we evaluate a sport and its effect on the spine and nervous system. Each sport can take different tolls on the body.

A chiropractor can evaluate which of these structures can be impacted and help manage and prevent further damage. Here at Atlas Chiropractic Hong Kong, we have sophisticated diagnostic tools such as digital X-rays. These tools can help to identify and pinpoint the wear and tear in your spine.

Benefits of Chiropractic for Athletes

Improved performance. A misaligned spine can impact the functions of all other systems of the body, causing athletic performance to suffer. Regular adjustments can improve range of motion, enhance flexibility and keep the spine working properly. With chiropractic, you can boost your body’s overall performance.

In one study, athletes showed a 6.12 percent performance increase after receiving chiropractic treatment. Another study found a 30 percent improvement in eye-hand coordination after 12 weeks of chiropractic care.

More effective training. Many athletes also find that chiropractic care helps them train more effectively. In one study, 100 percent of runners with joint problems were able to maintain—and in many cases boost—their training mileage. More than three-quarters of athletic trainers refer their players to a chiropractor, while all of them report that some of their clients seek chiropractic treatment on their own.

Fewer injuries. If your spine is out of alignment unnecessary stress is placed on the body—often leading to injury. A certified chiropractic sports physician keeps the musculoskeletal system operating smoothly so the body is less susceptible to injury. For example, chiropractors help golfers correct postural imbalances in their swing that could lead to injury.

Elite Athletes Who Use Chiropractic

Here are some examples of athletes who benefit from chiropractic:

Football players: Chiropractors give 16,320 to 27,200 adjustments to NFL players throughout a football season.

Baseball players: Regular chiropractic care helps MLB players significantly improve muscle strength and long jump distance.

Basketball players: For those in the NBA, routine chiropractic treatment helps boost speed, flexibility, range of motion, balance and strength.

An estimated 90% of elite, world-class athletes regularly use chiropractic care to prevent injuries and boost their performance.

Our Chiropractors Can Keep You in the Game

Both Dr. Ben and Dr. Damian have keen interests in the field of sport. Specifically, they seek to not just help with injuries and correct subluxation in the spine, but also maintain that function for many years to come.

If you’re an athlete who hasn’t tried chiropractic yet, we encourage you to book an appointment. We want to help you to maximise your body’s potential!

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