High school athletes spend on average 6-20 hours a week practicing. Statistics show 90% of student athletes report some sort of sport related injury and 54% of student athletes report they have played while injured. High school athletes account for an estimated 2 million injuries and 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations each year.
Traditional medicine works great for treating fractures, dislocations, lacerations, and damaged tendons and ligaments but does very little to address the stress placed on young athlete's spines.
"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 athletic shoes, which makes greater demands on the body with less healing time."
Here's 5 ways athletes (and non athletes) can benefit from chiropractic care:
1. To undo the punishment your body takes
High impact sports such as football, wrestling, and hockey can place the same amount of strain on the body as an auto collision.
2. Injury prevention & Performance enhancement
Athletes who receive routine chiropractic adjustments may notice improved athletic performance such as increased range of motion, better flexibility, increased blood flow, and may suffer from fewer injuries. Healing time can also be shortened when suffering from minor injuries.
Canadian researchers included chiropractic care in the rehab program of 16 injured female long-distance runners resulting in a quick recovery and 7 runners actually scored "personal best" performances.
3. Chiropractic treats more than neck and back pain
Headaches- 60-90% of all headaches are linked to facet joint pain (neck pain). A 2001 study at Duke University concluded that "Spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate relief for headaches originating from the neck."
Shoulder pain- Studies have shown that adding shoulder manipulation to traditional rehab techniques improved the outcomes and reduce pain associated with certain shoulder injuries
Ankle injuries- A study from JMPT and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic care helped increase motion, lessen pain, and provide better ankle function in patients with ankle sprains.
4. Non invasive/drug free treatment
Chiropractors can use many different adjusting techniques ranging from spinal manipulation (using their hands to gently adjust the spine) to activator adjusting (using a low force gentle adjusting tool). Techniques such as ART can be used to address abnormal muscle function, as well as stretches and exercises.
5. Pain elimination
Decrease post game pain and shorten healing time.
Sources: ACA, At Your Own Risk, All American Health Care