When trying to figure out how to best improve our sports game, we often look to the top athletes to see what they do. We mimic their training programs, perform the same exercises and drills, and follow their routines as closely as possible in the hopes of earning similar results. Dr. Don Lathrop works with many active adults in our Olympia, WA chiropractic office, and it might surprise you to learn that nearly all professional and high-level amateur athletes use chiropractic care to optimize performance and improve recovery.
For instance, the National Football League (NFL) is one sports league that uses chiropractors regularly, with research published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics finding that roughly 77 percent of the trainers having referred a player for this type of treatment and all respondents agreeing that oftentimes players sought their own chiropractic care to help with low back pain, headaches, neck pain, and more. Additionally, approximately one-third of the teams have chiropractors on staff.
Many of the Olympic teams also have chiropractors on their medical teams. Team USA had four chiropractors on staff for the 2008 Summer Games and five that tended to the athletes in the 2010 Olympics held in Vancouver, Canada. These chiropractors not only assisted with injuries, but also helped the athletes achieve greater performance.
If you're looking to improve your training, chiropractic has many benefits that can help you compete like a top contender. Give Dr. Don Lathrop a call today at (360) 352-2488 for information about how we can help you up your game!
- Lukacs C. (2010, January). Chiropractic Road to the Olympics. American Chiropractic Association. Retrieved from http://www.acatoday.org/content_css.cfm?CID=3740
- Stump JL, Redwood D. The use and role of sport chiropractors in the national football league: a short report. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2002;25(3):E2.