From Pee Wee to Varsity to Professional sports athletes at every level face similar challenges namely, they want to perform at their best and avoid injuries on the field. And when the inevitable damage does occur, whether from accidents or over training, they look to get back in the game as fast as possible. In this situation, the doctor of chiropractic is often the essential solution.

And chiropractors are on staff with virtually all professional sports franchises and are highly visible at the Olympic Games.

An MD will largely look to address trauma and treat with medication, a DC is attuned to movement, mechanics, and musculoskeletal concerns. Furthermore, the list of banned substances for athletes is a long one-highlighting the importance of a non-pharmacological approach to healthcare and wellness. A chiropractor also has a number of treatment modalities that are noninvasive, such as low-level laser therapy and kinesiology taping, which work in conjunction with the adjustment to achieve results that other healthcare professionals can’t deliver.

A key to being a sports chiropractor is educating the athlete on the benefits of not just resolving their injuries, but using chiropractic for prevention and maximizing performance.

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