care has received much attention in regards to it's successful
management of sporting injuries. Since the majority of sports
injuries are soft tissue in nature and because many of injuries
arise from improper body biomechanics and improper sporting
techniques, chiropractic doctors
have become the doctors of choice - from the weekend warrior
to the professional athlete.
According to an article in the June '98 issue of THE PHYSICIAN
AND SPORTS MEDICINE,
"Interest in alternative or complementary medicine
'especially chiropractic' is booming... active patients
are running to unconventional providers to treat their aches
and pains... from chiropractors and acupuncture to magnets
It's really quite simple. Chiropractic care - through the
use of safe and natural spinal adjustive techniques, physical
therapy applications, soft tissue mobilization, stretching
and exercise programs, diet and nutritional counseling, and
extensive biomechanical training - focuses on all causes which
have lead to the symptoms of pain and tissue injury and do
not focus on solely eliminating pain.
Successful treatments must focus not only on pain relief,
but must address the underlying causes such as muscular imbalances,
biomechanical deficiencies, improper sporting techniques,
and improper conditioning, to name a few.
Many professional and competitive athletes already know the
value of regular chiropractic care. Increased flexibility,
increased energy, increased speed, and increased performance
as well as a decrease in injuries are all benefits of chiropractic
care. In fact, it's becoming rare to find a professional or
amateur sports team that does not have a "team" chiropractor.
Take for instance the bay area in Northern California. The
San Francisco 49ers, San Francisco Giants and the San Jose
Sharks have their own team chiropractor.
Injuries in Child and Teen Athletes
Sports and regular physical activities not only serve as
fun-time for children and teens, but more importantly, it
improves their overall health and wellness status while promoting
a healthy lifestyle which they can carry on into their adulthood