Sports performance and Chiropractic
The use and role of sport chiropractors in the national football league
Athletes of all types have long appreciated the significance of chiropractic care for sports injuries. United States professional football players are no exception. There continues to be an increase in chiropractic participation in US professional football.

The Doctor of Chiropractic is highly regarded as a spinal specialist treating low back and other musculoskeletal injuries. A substantial majority of NFL trainers have developed cooperative relationships with chiropractors, with 77% having referred a player to a chiropractor. Thirty-one percent of NFL teams have a chiropractor officially on staff, and an additional 12% of teams refer players to chiropractors but do not directly retain these chiropractors.

Stump JL, Redwood D. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2002 (Mar-Apr); 25 (3): E2

Chiropractic effects on athletic ability
This study compared two groups of athletes. Fifty athletes divided into two groups. One group received chiropractic adjustments, the other served as controls. Eleven tests were used to measure aspects of athletic ability including: agility, balance, kinesthetic perception, power, and reaction time. After 6 weeks, the control group exhibited minor improvement in eight of the 11 tests while the chiropractic group improved significantly in all 11 tests. In a hand reaction test measuring the speed of reaction with the hand in response to a visual stimulus, the control group exhibited less than a 1% response while the chiropractic group exhibited more than an 18% response after 6 weeks. After 12 weeks the chiropractic group exhibited more than 30% improvement.

Lauro A. Mouch B. Chiropractic: The Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation. 1991; 6: 84-87

Athletic performance and physiological measures in baseball players following upper cervical chiropractic care
The athletic performance of university baseball players was assessed before, during and after chiropractic care. Each athlete's performance was evaluated by athletic abilities, such as the vertical jump, standing road jump, broad jump (specified), and muscle strength, as well as physiological tests such as electrical cardiogram, blood pressure, pulse rate and treadmill stress testing. 28 players were recruited for the study. Twenty players completed the entire experiment with usable data. All players were randomly divided into control and experimental groups. Every player was required to complete three sessions of athletic ability and physiological tests. The first test was administered before any chiropractic care was given. The second test was given after six weeks of chiropractic care. The third test was given after fourteen weeks of chiropractic care. Only the subjects in the experimental group received chiropractic adjustments. The results showed a positive correlation between chiropractic adjustments and athletic performance.

In addition to the above improvements, the chiropractic group showed significant improvement in capillary count at five and fourteen weeks of chiropractic care. Since healthy oxygenation of tissues is dependent upon blood supply, this physiologic parameter may be the most important one of all.

Schwartzbauer J, Kolber J, Schwartzbauer, DC, Hart, JDC, Zhang J.
Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research 1997; 1 (4): 7

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