We see many athletes in our Nashville, TN clinic, because chiropractic is a great way to increase recovery times and enhance performance. Almost every pro athlete uses chiropractic care to keep themselves working at maximum capability, and the US Olympic Team has an entire crew of chiropractors for their athletes.
In a 2011 study, researchers looked at the effects of chiropractic adjustments on 18 professional judo athletes in Brazil. Half of the athletes received chiropractic adjustments of their cervical spine. The other fifty percent got a fake treatment. Since judo relies considerably on the arms and hands, researchers assessed athletes' grip strength with a device that measures muscle force.
After 3 treatments, those in the chiropractic group had significantly improved grip strength. While the chiropractic group improved their grip intensity by about 15%, the athletes in the sham treatment group had only improved by about 5%. The study came to the conclusion that chiropractic made a significant difference in the grip strength in these athletes.
While more investigation is required to know all the benefits of chiropractic on athletic performance, this study is encouraging. A 2010 study found that chiropractic care reduced the risk of lower-limb injury in football players. Whether you’re trying to recover from an injury or you’re simply trying to augment your performance, Dr. Sweeney can help you be your best.
Give our Nashville, TN office a call today at (615) 331-7040 for an appointment.
Botelho MB, Andrade BB. Effect of Cervical Spine Manipulative Therapy on Judo Athletes' Grip Strength. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapies. 2011; 35(11):38-44.
Hoskins W, Pollard H. The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian Rules footballers: a randomized control trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11:64.