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Sports, Athletics, and Chiropractic Care

statue Sports/AthleticsMany people watching the summer Olympic games in Seoul, South Korea in 1988 saw Creg Louganis, winner of two gold medals, strike his head on the diving platform during the diving competition They did not see Jan Corwin, a U.S.chiropractor on the Olympic Committee staff deliver a spinal adjustment to Lougani’s spine immediately after the accident; all they knew was that Louganis was able to return to the board and win another gold medal for diving.
“Team Chiropractors”

In many countries chiropractors are “team doctors” for professional as well as elementary, junior, high school and college basketball, cricket, hockey, handball, rugby, football and Olympic teams.

Chiropractors also help non-team players who engage in tennis, swimming, golf, athletics, cycling and power-lifting. In these and other sports, chiropractors help to keep the athlete on the field and help prevent minor injuries becoming major ones without the use of drugs or surgery.

Let us not forget the millions of people who regularly perform aerobic workouts. Exercise workouts are much more effective when the spine is balanced.
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Take for example, golf, tennis, squash, badminton, cricket. Swinging a bat or racquet or throwing a ball (tall one-sided activities) can cause the spinal column to lose its natural balance and mobility, especially when the action is performed by a novice or a weekend player.

But even the kinder, gentler sports can create damage.

No one could compare a leisurely game of snooker or table-tennis to the collisions of football or rugby, but micro-trauma caused by repeating the same movement, can eventually wear down a body part just as severely.
What Chiropractic Does

Chiropractic care balances the spinal column and relieves mechanical and structural stress on the nervous system. Sports injuries nearly always jar and misalign the spinal column. In fact, almost all trauma to the body effects the spinal column because the spine is at the centre of the body. A blow to the ribs, leg, feet, head, shoulder or torso radiates to the spine. There is no question that the athlete performs better when the spinal column is balanced.
Medical Approach

Standard medical procedures may be necessary when an athlete is injured. The medical profession specializes in the management of fractures, torn flesh, ripped tendons, dislocations and other injuries that often need immediate attention. However, many casualties leave the hospital with as much spinal nerve stress as they were suffering from when they entered. Medical Doctors are simply not trained to locate and correct spinal nerve stress; that is the realm of a chiropractic Doctor.

Too many patients who consult their MD for sports-related injuries are given cortisone injections, which have now been criticized as being one of the most dangerous drugs in modern medicine. Painkillers may permit people to use damaged parts of their bodies before they have completely healed; knee operations have been shown to contribute to arthritis years later; and the long term effects of arthroscopy are not known. As with any other health problem, unless there is an emergency situation, it is always better to explore the least invasive, most conservative care before resorting to more drastic forms of therapy. Chiropractic spinal adjustments restore proper motion while relieving stress and tension on the body helping to heal properly and more efficiently.
Remember, you do not have to be an Olympiad, professional athlete, or team member to benefit from chiropractic care.