Chiropractic Blog

We are in the last month of summer and many teams have started practice sessions in preparation for the fall sports season. Most athletes, whether high school, college, or professional, must all receive an examination, often by a qualified sports chiropractor, before being allowed to play in a game. Coaches and team managers realize that sports chiropractic care is the most effective approach to achieving overall wellness and ongoing preventive care, thus gaining wide-spread use among professional and amateur sports teams across the country.

Experts estimate that 90 percent of all world-class athletes use chiropractic care to prevent injuries and increase their performance potential. All National Football League (NFL) teams rely on doctors of chiropractic in varying capacities, and 77 percent of athletic trainers refer players to a sports chiropractor for evaluation or treatment.

More than 30 million children participate in organized sports in the United States, and approximately 775,000 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms for sports-related injuries. According to the Journal of Neurological Science, more sports-related, non-fatal injuries are treated in hospital emergency departments than any other type of unintentional injury. While traditional medicine treats fractures, dislocations, lacerations, and damaged tendons and ligaments, many athletes leave the hospital with as much spinal stress as they had prior to care.

A qualified sports chiropractor can help relieve this spinal stress with the appropriate chiropractic treatment.

Younger athletes are more susceptible to injuries because they have slower reaction times than adults, are less coordinated, and are still growing and developing. Many injuries result from overuse, such as repetitive-use-syndrome, which comes from placing stress on the musculoskeletal system. It is caused by not using proper techniques or equipment, such as the right athletic shoes.

With growing awareness of the role of chiropractic care, practitioners may be called upon to provide nutritional expertise and other approaches for enhancing pre-competition preparation, competition endurance, and other aspects of injury prevention and care coordination.

For more information about sports chiropractic care, call McKim Chiropractic today to schedule a consultation and examination with a sports chiropractor. Our chiropractors can provide skilled chiropractic adjustments, kinesiotaping, or intense directed massage. The licensed and certified staff at McKim Chiropractic is committed to helping the residents of Boise, ID, Nampa, ID, and Caldwell, ID, stay in the game!

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