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SPORTS INJURIES AND CHIROPRACTIC:
Sports injuries can be a very real problem for all athletes. Boston Spine Clinicswelcomes sports injuries for treatment. If you are a sportsman or sportswoman, you have probably suffered from at least one of the following conditions at some time:
strains, sprains, tendinitis, bursitis, tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, frozen shoulder, back pain, neck pain- the list goes on and on.
Chiropractic- particularly sports chiropractic- can be of enormous benefit in treating and preventing sports-related injuries and improving athletic performance, as many world-class athletes can attest. Dr. Haberstroh is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician.
Dr. Allan Oolo Austin, Ph.D. is a chiropractor and a Certified Rehab Doctor as well as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. He worked the recent Olympics and is THE Estonian Team chiropractor. He is also a specialist in Trigenics. More and more, we are seeing chiropractors working with pro teams and Olympians. As a matter of fact, George LeBeau, DC from Vista, California, is the Team Chiropractor of the U.S. Olympic Team.
What about you and me? Sports injuries and rigorous athletic conditioning, typically disturb normal body mechanics. These minor and/or major disturbances may negatively affect athletic performance. Because of the expertise and extensive training in neuro-musculo-skeletal conditions, sports chiropractic physicians are uniquely skilled in treating the athlete. Doctors of Chiropractic, especially sports chiropractic physicians, are sensitive to joint dysfunction. In the past decade or so, there has been a huge upswing in NON-CONTACT injuries. This is a singularly unique paradigm owing to the high conditioning of athletes in general and larger weights and signficiantly larger muscles most athletes now have compared to before the 1990's. When a joint is dysfunctional, there are also disturbed neurological reflexes which may result in poorly communicated information to the central nervous system. These diminished reflexes may result in slowed reaction time or may cause muscles to be dysfunctional; tight or inhibited. Numerous studies demonstrate enhanced mechanics of a joint in addition to enhanced nervous system function immediately following chiropractic manipulation. See also, Simopoulos AP, "Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Athletics," Current Sports Med Reports, July, 2007 Vol 6.
Pro-Sports: One of the first athletes to use chiropractors was Dwight Stone. He was a gold medal winning Olympic high jumper who used chiropractic and loved it so much he told the entire world on a regular basis. This in turn, led to the U.S. Olympics finally maintaining a team of olympic chiropractors for ALL of the athletes.Most American Pro teams either have a chiropractor on staff or, many of the players go to a local chiropractor for treatment of back aches, shoulder sprains, neck pain, sciatica and other common conditions that many of us have. Baseball was one of the last of the major team sports to start utilizing chiropractic care but once MLB started, there was no looking back. Many of today's stars swear by their chiropractor.
Famed left handed, Hall of Fame Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton was so dedicated to his chiropractor, that when he needed treatment, he flew to St. Louis to see his first chiropractor-no matter where he was in the country. And this, despite the fact that he had been traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Philadelphia Phillies at one point.
Dr. H scuba diving off Maui, 12/09. Safety procedures are key in this sport like all others as well as good preparation and good spinal health. With scuba diving, it is important to remember that the equipment is not just sporting gear; it is also quite literally life support equipment.
Martial artists have traditionally embraced chiropractic care as a means of restoring the body to optimum condition. Karate Grand Master Bruce Lee was among the many early adherants to the chiropractic/wholelistic lifestyle in the martial arts. Lee set the tone for martial artists ever after by remaining open minded to all forms of both karate and the healing arts. Chiropractic is effective in correcting misplaced vertebrae in the spine of martial artists after the ballistic effects of the many styles of karate, Brazilian grappling, Akido, wrestling and so forth. Kenpo Master Nugent is another "believer." He wouldn't think of competing now without a thorough exam and chiropractic adjustment before a tournament.
Cheerleading Injuries Among the Worst in Sports: *Source: UNC at Chapel Hill, Fred O. Mueller, Ph.D.
The National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research based at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has released its 26th annual All Sports Report: June, 2009.
In addition to collecting data on catastrophic injuries in all high schoolk and college sports, the report also contains Cheerleading injury data. The figures you will see here area from the 2007-2008 academic year.
The report defines catastrophic injuries as any severe injury incurred during participation in a school or college sponsored sport and includes 3 catagories: 1) Fatal, 2) Non-fatal but resulting in permanent severe functional disability and 3) Serious with no permanent functional disability but severe injury.
Sports injuries are also considered direct (resulting directly from participation in the skills of the sport) or indirect (caused by exertion while participating in a sport or a competition secondary to a non-fatal injury).
The report's conclusionfor the 26 year period from the Fall of 1982 through the Spring of 2008 was as follows:
> There were 1,116 direct catastrophic injuries in high school (905) and college sports (211). High school sports were associated with 152 fatalities, 379 non-fatal serious injuries. College sports accounted for 22 fatalities, 63 non-fatal and 126 serious injuries.
> Cheerleading accounted for 66.2% of high school and 70.5% of College catastrophic injuries among all female sports.
The report's author and sports center director Frederick Mueller, Ph.D., Professor of Exercise and Sprots Science in UNC's College of Arts and Sciences, noted that the number of Cheerleading injuries fell a bit in the 2007-2008 school year.
Progress has been slow, but schools across the nation are starting to take Cheerleading injuries very seriously now and are extremely cognizant of safety during practice and competitions.
Dr. John Haberstroh is Somerville Chiropractor and Boston Chiropractor. Find us Boston Spine Clinics.