The majority of people associate Chiropractors with treating back pain, neck discomfort, headaches or sciatica with a great range of Chiropractic techniques it is fantastic for managing these types of problems. However, many recreational and elite sports people consult Chiropractors on a regular basis for a variety of reasons.
Why do Athletes and Sports Enthusiasts turn to Sports Chiropractors?
Over the years there has been a great deal of research into Chiropractic and the overall benefits for athletes. This research has shown us that Chiropractic care assists with improving strength, endurance, agility, muscle balance & most importantly reduces the risk of injury amongst other things.
How exactly does Chiropractic management achieve this?
Chiropractic treatment ensures your body is functioning at its absolute best all the time.
Proper nervous system function is essential to controlling & regulating every process in the human body, such as muscle contraction, balance (proprioception) and power generation (glycolysis process).
Abnormal spinal alignment can lead to alterations in an individuals nervous system function, therefore getting your spine regularly checked by a Chiropractor is extremely important.
Not only athletes/exercise enthusiasts but everyone can benefit from regular Chiropractic check-ups to ensure their spine is balanced & aligned to allow for the proper biomechanics & functional posture to maximise potential.
Chiropractic and the success of A.C. Milan
In 1998 the team A.C. Milan Football Club introduced chiropractic care to their players. After only one year of chiropractic care, the level of lesions was reduced by more than 90%, player injuries dropped by two-thirds, total number of practice days lost down 43 per cent, use of medicines down 70 per cent, the number of players was reduced from 35 to 23 thanks to fewer casualties and higher performance players. Now the average age of the team is 29 years old.
The man behind this is a 63-year-old Belgian chiropractor called Dr. Jean-Pierre Meersseman, and the likes of Paolo Maldini and David Beckham have testified on behalf of Meersseman’s methods.
'The fundamental concept,' Meersseman said more than a decade ago, 'is to determine whether the players are whole. And physical wholeness is the daughter of three mothers: equilibrium, endurance and co-ordination.'
'Age doesn't exist,' he once told a Belgian interviewer. 'What counts is that you are physically and psychologically ready to play. It doesn't matter if you are 21 or 41.'
High Profile Athletes that swear by Chiropractic
Athlete’s all over the world have used Chiropractic as a means of improving performance. Some major names who have notably regarded Sports Chiropractic as a key element to their success have included:
Lleyton Hewitt (Australian professional tennis player, former world no. 1),
Michael Jordan (NBA basketball player, All-Star great, US Olympic Basketball Team),
Usain Bolt ("Fastest Man on Earth", first person to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records),
Cadel Evans (Australian former professional racing cyclist and winner of the 2011 Tour de France),
Lance Armstrong (Professional road racing cyclist. 1993 professional world champion, winner of the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times from 1999 to 2005),
Tiger Woods (Professional Golfer, Most successful golfers of all time),
Evander Holyfield (Professional Boxer, undisputed champion in both cruiserweight & heavyweight divisions, being the first and to date only boxer in history to do so, which earned him the nickname of "The Real Deal"),
Scottie Pippen (Professional NBA player, known as the "Pip", winner of six NBA titles),
Chris Judd (AFL player, Captain of West Coast Eagles and Carlton Football Club),
Arnold Schwarzengger (Politician, actor, producer, businessman, investor, author, philanthropist, activist, and former professional bodybuilder),
Ivan Lendl (Professional Tennis Player, often considered among the greatest in the sport's history),
John McEnroe (Professional Tennis, Former no.1),
Josh Gibson (AFL player, member of Hawthorn's 2013, 2014 and 2015 premiership winning teams),
Nick Riewoldt (AFL player, Captain of St Kilda FC in 2005 and 2007 to 2016. Riewoldt holds the all-time record for most marks in VFL/AFL history)
...just to name a few!