Chiropractic Care and High School Athletes
By: Dr. Ronald Temple, Bronson Chiropractic
I was a multi-sport athlete in high school who played football, wrestled and ran track. I learned at a young age how important chiropractic care is during your years of playing sports. Through the years, I suffered several injuries and of course experienced the normal low back and neck pain. In seeing a chiropractor regularly, I was able to get back on the field much faster than many of my teammates. I would always tell them they should go get checked out but most would shrug it off and try to be the tough guy. I believe chiropractic care can help anyone and everyone, so I want to share some important facts.
Playing Hard is Hard on Your Body
Physical training is a crucial component of maintaining one’s health, function and quality of life. However, physical activity, including competitive and recreational sports, can have a significant impact on your musculoskeletal and related neurological systems. The most common injuries include:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Knee injuries
- Rotator cuff injuries
Chiropractic can address all of these issues. I find most of the time high school athletes are either not trained correctly or attempt to do extra things that cause injuries. Most of these injuries result from a poor adaptation to training, overtraining, or repetitive use of a muscle or joint; which is never properly stretched or rehabbed, leading to larger issues.
How We Can Help
If an athlete chooses chiropractic, we can assist with the issues at hand. We are able to reduce the pain through means of joint manipulation and manual mobilization as well as soft tissues therapy. We can relieve fatigued muscles using some of the newest technologies including cold laser therapy. And finally, we can ensure a faster return to playing sports by the means of chiropractic and various rehab therapies.
I believe every athlete should be seen by a chiropractor in order to prevent and reduce the chance of injury. Professional athletes around the world swear by it, so why not get athletes started at a younger age?
Dr. Temple is a graduate of The University of Toledo. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Life University in Georgia.