With Chiropractic’s extensive knowledge on the biomechanical and neuromusculoskeletal functions and dysfunction of the body, it is not surprising that Chiropractic is fast becoming the treatment of choice for professional and amateur sports-men and -women alike. Many high performance athletes and their coaches have found that sports chiropractic can play a major role in three essential areas for all sportsmen; maximum muscoskeletal performance, prevention and treatment of injury. Sports stars such as boxing heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield; world champion kick-boxer Dennis Alexio; as well as champions in just about every major sport; are fast becoming regular chiropractic patients. These athletes often insist on being treated by their chiropractors before the start of a competition, to ensure that they are able to perform at their best ability, with full range of motion and no restriction in their joints.
Many physicians have not had special training in sports medicine and rehabilitation, and therefore often make mistakes in diagnosis and treatment of athlete’s neuromusculoskeletal problems. The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic (Fédération Internationale de Chiropratique du Sport (FICS)), aims to promote excellence in the standard of education and practice in sports chiropractic worldwide, and to allow athletes maximum performance, naturally.
Many sports chiropractors are now also using Kinesio tape, a therapeutic tape, which when used appropriately, promotes the body’s natural healing process and pain reduction. You may have seen such tape used by many of our rugby players, as well as many golfers, tennis, and athletic stars. Kinesio tape offers support to injured body parts, while allowing complete range of motion, thus allowing one to continue playing their sport, as well as encouraging correct movements needed for rehabilitation of the injured area.
So when you next look for a medical physician to help you enhance your athletic performance, prevent or manage an injury, seek the help of a Sports Chiropractor, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised at your next competition.