There are many sports that rely on players' abilities to jump high up in order to score the win. Basketball and football are two of the most common, with Olympic sports such as hurdles, the long jump, and various gymnastic moves requiring a rather large jump height necessary to take home the gold.
Certainly, there are many exercises that athletes can do to increase their ability to go as high up in the air as possible, but chiropractic offers positive effects as well. This is true even if the athlete has a musculoskeletal dysfunction. Dr. Don Lathrop works with all different kinds of athletes in our Olympia, WA chiropractic office, and we personally see the benefits of chiropractic care every day. This is confirmed in the chiropractic literature, too.
For example, in a study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, researchers looked at 22 female handball players who had been diagnosed with talocrural joint dysfunction, which is a dysfunction to the ankle area. For purposes of the study, the athletes were split into two different groups. The first group received chiropractic adjustments once a week for three weeks while the second group engaged in sham treatments at the same time intervals.
Upon conclusion of the study, of which 19 of the 22 athletes completed, those who received the actual chiropractic adjustments had improved jump height. Furthermore, this jump height improvement was almost double those experienced by the group that received the sham treatments, outlining the positive effects that this particular remedy has on improving an athlete's ability to get further into the air—even if a dysfunction exists.
Hedlund S, Nilsson H, Lenz M, Sundberg T. Effect of Chiropractic Manipulation on Vertical Jump Height in Young Female Athletes with Talocrural Joint Dysfunction: A Single-Blind Randomized Clinical Pilot Trial. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014;37(2):116-123.