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professional athletes and Chiropractic

Professional Athletes and Chiropractic

Why do most professional athletes and teams employ a chiropractor?

Athletes spend billions of dollars on performance improvement. These world class competitors implement cutting-edge workout routines, resistance training techniques, coordination drills, and reaction time improvement devices designed to create an edge in physical performance. Advanced training protocols and technological breakthroughs remain on the forefront of modern day training. Stem cell and platelet injections entered mainstream ethical conversations for progressive competitors looking to capitalise on the latest recovery and healing techniques. New anti-aging interventions also populate the list of ways that these physical specimens spend countless resources of time and money in pursuit of the slightest performance edge.

Science and research churn out new evidence and access to legal, performance-enhancing strategies on a weekly and monthly basis. Chiropractic represents an ideology which existed well over 100 years ago and remains a constant in performance fields throughout the globe. No strategy can substitute for the peak performance available through the proper health and performance of the human body’s peak functional capacity. An intimate connection exists between the spine and central nervous system. Better coordination and function occurs in the entire body when proper alignment and movement removes stress from the nervous system.


A study published in 2018 evaluated the effects of Chiropractic adjustments on high-level taekwondo athletes. Athletes showed greater muscle strength, less fatigue, and improved corticospinal excitability after a single adjustment compared to a control group. Corticospinal excitability indicates better connection and function from the brain’s cortex down through the spinal cord and vice versa. Movement and agility represent a few examples of essential functions which improve when the spinal cord and cortex connect better and coordinate information more efficiently.


Many coaches, trainers, and laypeople misunderstand the intentions of Chiropractic care and believe that spinal care simply alleviates neck and back pain. The true potential of the spine and human body extends far beyond pain relief when the nervous system functions properly. Elite athletes and teams utilize Chiropractors regularly and not simply for reactive pain relief. People basing their livelihood on performance-based activities understand the body only functions at peak levels when the nervous system operates at optimal levels. In the USA, most elite professional football and baseball players experience the benefits of Chiropractic. In fact, every National Football League (NFL) team utilizes Chiropractic care while 28 of 30 Major League Baseball (MLB) teams maintain their athletes with Chiropractic adjustments. Further, most Olympic athletes and professional golfers including Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods also entrust their most important asset to a Chiropractor.


Chiropractic care helps men, women, and children of all ages improve health, function, and performance through the unique application of Chiropractic adjustments. The overall performance-enhancing benefits of Chiropractic adjustments continually invite the finest athletes in the world to unlock their full potential. The same science remains available to all ages and stages of life in most towns and cities across the country. Chiropractic care offers a performance boost to high school athletes and retired warriors alike.


Chiropractic adjustments do not treat or cure symptoms or conditions. Adjustments primarily focus on reducing stress in the nervous system to maximize human function and performance. Chiropractic uniquely enhances performance through better spine and nervous system health. The goal will always be optimizing health potential and professional athletes simply represent a public image of a proven health care option available to moms, dads, and children in any local community. Chiropractic works.

Eur J Appl Physiol. 2018 Apr;118(4):737-749. The effects of a single session of spinal manipulation on strength and cortical drive in athletes.

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