Sports Injuries and Chiropractic

By Dr. Dan Van Roon • September 23rd, 2010

As more athletes discover the benefits of chiropractic care not only for injuries but additionally for increased performance, more athletes and teams are using chiropractic to gain an important edge. A recent study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, (JMPT) examined the usage of chiropractic care by National Football League teams.
The Journal article reported on the results of a survey of NFL trainers on their usage and referral to chiropractic care. Participants of the survey were head athletic trainers of the 36 National Football League teams.

77% of the trainers have referred to a chiropractor for evaluation or treatment. Probably the most telling result of the survey is that 100% of trainers agree that some players use chiropractic care on some level. Is the role of the sport chiropractor different from that of the team physician? – All (100%) of the trainers see these roles as different from each other.

John Stockton, is a former professional basketball player and future hall of famer with the Utah Jazz. In an article that appeared in the Toronto Star, writer Doug Smith asks and answers the question concerning John Stockton’s longevity, “What is the secret to John Stockton’s continued success on the NBA basketball court past age 40? “A Good Chiropractor.”

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