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Chiropractic Benefits For Athletes

Most athletes know and understand that the difference between winning and losing is often measured in microscopic amounts. That is why athletes, whether they are weekend warriors or professional athletes, should do everything possible to have the best strength, speed, and flexibility they can!

More and more athletes are turning to chiropractic care to give them a leg up on the competition. Why? Because chiropractic care is a safe, natural, and effective way to help athletes in their game! Unlike prescription drugs, chiropractic care doesn’t increase the risk of addiction, and it certainly won’t pop up on any drug test. Prescription drugs are even proven to slow down reaction time — certainly not what an athlete needs!

It is also a great way to treat injuries and reduce the risk of surgery. Chiropractic offers pain relief without drugs or surgery. It also helps keep the body in check, flexible, and primed for performance.


Whether you participate in high impact or low impact sports, they can lead to wear and tear on the body. The spine may become misaligned, muscles may pull, ligaments may tear, shoulder pain can occur, you name it. In several scientific research studies, chiropractic care exceeds all other medical options at reducing athletic injury pain and restoring normal function to the body.

In fact, chiropractic care provides pain relief from a huge variety of common (and uncommon) sports injuries! Conditions that chiropractic can help treat include, but are not limited to:

  • Tennis elbow
  • Pulled muscles
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain
  • Ankle injuries
  • Knee pain
  • Low energy
  • Poor range of motion

Chiropractic For Athletes Is About More Than Injury Treatment

Did you know that nearly 90 percent of all world-class athletes use a chiropractor as part of their training routine? Every single NFL team has a chiropractor on its medical staff. 72 percent of PGA golfers also employ a chiropractor! Most MLB, NBA, and NHL teams also use a chiropractor to help with their team’s performance!

Ever heard of Tom Brady? This incredible New England Patriots quarterback said, “Chiropractic just makes you feel so much better. When I walk out of the clinic, I feel like I’m about three inches taller and everything’s in place. And as long as I see the chiropractor, I feel like I’m one step ahead of the game.”

Chiropractic Benefits For Athletes

Improved Performance. A misaligned spine can lead to many problems. In fact, when the spine is misaligned, it can interfere with just about every function in the body!

Regular chiropractic adjustments keep the spine in alignment, and the body working as it should. On study showed that athletes performed 6.12 percent better after having chiropractic adjustments!

Another study found a 30 percent improvement in hand-eye coordination after 12 weeks of chiropractic care.

Many athletes, from weekend warriors to professional players use chiropractic to improve their game:

  • Football players: On average, chiropractors give 16,320 to 27,200 adjustments to NFL players of the course of the football season
  • Baseball players: Many MLB teams use chiropractic care to improve muscle strength and jump distance
  • Basketball players: NBA players use chiropractic care to boost speed, flexibility, performance, strength, and range of motion

Better TrainingChiropractic is also proven to help athletes train more effectively. One study found that 100 percent of runners with joint issues were able to maintain their training mileage, or even increase it!

A huge percentage of athletic trainers now refer their athletes to chiropractors for treatment as well! Why? Because chiropractic has benefits that go far beyond athletic performance. Benefits of chiropractic care include, but are not limited to:

  • increases energy levels
  • provides better sleep
  • improves mental health
  • boosts immune system
  • offers a drug-free pain treatment
  • has customizable treatment plans
  • non-invasive option for pain management
  • is cost-effective

Increased Range of Motion. Chiropractic adjustments help the body to move freely. When the spine is misaligned, it can cause muscles to cramp or spasm. This decreases your body’s range of motion.

By removing subluxations in the spine, muscle tension is released. This increases your mobility. Increased mobility is proven to help exercise form!

Injury Prevention. When the spine is misaligned, it puts unnecessary pressure on other parts of the body. This overcompensation in areas can lead to injuries. When one side of the body is different than the other, performance also suffers.

Whether a its a difference in strength, or mobility issues, chiropractic adjustments can help realign the body and prevent injuries.

A properly aligned spine allows the body to function as it should. Part of the body’s proper functioning includes its ability to heal itself! When the spine is aligned, the body is better able to deal with all that sports can throw at it.

A properly aligned spine also helps prevent injuries! Use chiropractic care to treat and prevent your athletic injuries. Get back in the game sooner!

Faster Recovery Times. A properly aligned spine allows the body to heal itself. That is why chiropractic treatment is proven to help athletes recovery from workouts and injuries faster.

There are several techniques used by chiropractors to promote healing in the body. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Massage
  • Stretching
  • Range of motion movement
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Releasing muscle tension

Gold Coast Chiropractic Can Help Athletes

Chicago is a very active city. With so much to see, do, and explore, Chicagoans need to be in their best shape possible, and chiropractic can help!

Dr. Paul Fisher is a member of Chiropractic Biophysics Non-Profit, Academy of Chiropractic, the Illinois Chiropractic Society, and the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

As an expert in the chiropractic field, he offers top of the line care to each and every patient.

Gold Coast Chiropractic firmly believes that chiropractic care can help improve all areas of wellness. If you’re an athlete, no matter what your skill level, chiropractic can help.

Contact our offices today at 312.988.9655 to schedule your appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!