Better Performance with a Sports Chiropractor

It’s no secret that professional athletes seek chiropractic help for pain management and to help recover from injuries. But did you know that chiropractic applications can help enhance athletic performance and prevent injuries too? Just ask a professional football player; every NFL team engages the services of a sports chiropractor in some manner. In fact, an estimated 90 percent of athletes at the world-class level participate in chiropractic care as a means of avoiding injuries and boosting their performance level.

The Impact of Sports on Your Body

Whether you play golf or football, the required training sessions and ongoing practice, practice, practice demanded of athletes affects your body in some way. The exertion improves and helps build muscles, but it places great strain on your body. It also affects your spine and joints, and not always in a good way.

During a soccer match, the average speed of a soccer ball between the time it’s kicked and the point of impact (when another player receives it) is about 67 mph. So it’s no surprise that one chiropractic expert likens the heading of a soccer ball moving at 70 mph to being hit by boxing great Muhammad Ali. If you’re the receiver, it’s surely going to rattle your cage and worse, it can knock spine, leg and arm joints out of alignment. The same is true in football and many other sports, including low-impact sports such as golf.

How Spine Alignment Affects Performance

When the spine is not aligned properly or not moving as it should, irritation can develop in the nervous system. The irritation can lead to decreased functionality, or at least a decrease from peak performance, in other body systems. This includes the respiratory system, which is vital to athletes and non-athletes alike.

Benefits of a Sports Chiropractor

The lion’s share of chiropractic treatment is for spine and nervous system complaints that include back and neck pain. However, as a practice, chiropractic also encompasses leg and arm joints, as well as headaches and strain on your body.

Common athletic complaints also include shoulder pain and ankle injuries, and many athletes prefer to treat these ailments through chiropractic care instead of painkillers or surgery. Athletes who receive regular, non-injury adjustments may find they have better range of motion, heightened blood flow, and fewer injuries. Better flexibility is another benefit, which can also help athletes experience fewer injuries.

Proper spine alignment is a must for athletes seeking to improve their performance and for anyone who wants to feel better. Get in touch with Olympia Chiropractic & Physical Therapy for an evaluation.

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Chiropractic Care and Soccer Performance

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Soccer has come a long way in the U.S. since our national team qualified for the final round of the World Cup in 1990. An estimated 24.5 million Americans now play soccer at some level, second in numbers to only China. With the rise in popularity has come a rise in injuries and a closer look at how chiropractic care can help players avoid injuries and increase performance.

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Reduce Football Injuries with Chiropractic Education

Results of Cervical Spine Football Injuries

Players and coaches alike know that cervical pine injuries place players of this American contact sport at high risk. All too frequently, this type of injury happens when a player lowers his head just before either blocking or tackling an opposing player.

Once the lowering movement is made, the Cervical Lordosis and cervical spine flatten out – taking away almost all of the spine’s ability to absorb the shock of the hit. Such a hit can result in symptoms that range in severity from temporary pain and weakness in extremities to cervical cord neuropraxia which may result in permanent damage or death.


Education is Key

A chiropractor who has spent years studying the workings of the spine and correcting related problems may be just the professional to advise coaches and athletic directors about the best ways to keep athletes safe. They are frequently willing to meet with coaches and players and offer safety suggestions meant to keep each player safe and well.  Some of these suggestions may include:

  • Advising players about the importance of keeping the head up.
  • Explaining why making first contact with the helmet may be harmful.
  • The importance of a protected neck.
  • How to keep your head protected beyond simply wearing a helmet.

Pre-season safety meetings with players, coaches and parents may help all involved to take heed of the many ways to stay safe while still enjoying America’s favorite sport.


An Ounce of Prevention

Benjamin Franklin is credited with the phrase “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. In the case of football injuries, this certainly rings true. Working with a chiropractor who can help instruct coaches and players has been shown to decrease the rate of injury. Having a plan for addressing any catastrophic injuries that may happen at practice or during a game is another way to ensure that all involved will be prepared, should an injury occur.

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Life After the NFL with Matt Bowen

Recovery After the NFL

I started going to Dr. Mike Calcagno's clinic, Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy in Elmhurst three years ago. After playing seven years in the NFL and experiencing post-career pain in my lower back, neck and joints, I needed a place that would help my with pain-management techniques, strengthening, flexibility and provide a competitive environment of training. And that's exactly what I've received with my treatment at Olympia due to Dr. Calcagno and his excellent staff.

My body has completely changed since starting treatment at Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy.

Not only have I added overall strength, but I've also dropped from my NFL playing weight of 208 pounds to 192 pounds thanks to Dr. Calcagno's attention to detail on nutrition and health management. Along with the treatment plan to correct multiple alignment issues in my body, I've added core strength, lower body power and have seen a major difference in flexibility due to the functional training with Dr. Calcagno's staff.

Coaching and Feeling Good

As a high school football coach at IC Catholic Prep in Elmhurst, the adjustments I've made to my body have allowed me to be pain-free on the field when working with my players. That's key to coaching defensive backs in terms of demonstrating techniques and movements. In the past, before starting treatment, the overall pain in my body limited my ability to perform functional movements.

Here’s the thing with Dr. Calcagno and his staff — it’s not just treatment to fix pain. This is a complete program, one that teaches strength, conditioning, health management and provides overall gains.

Very similar to being a professional athlete, I wanted a place that provided a challenging and competitive environment. And that's exactly what I get when I walk in the door at Dr. Calcagno's clinic. His ability to motivate and provide a working atmosphere has been so beneficial to my development years after playing football in the NFL.

Family Life

We are an active family with four small boys and the little things that would cause pain or limit me in the past have been erased. As an NFL analyst for ESPN, writing is at the top of the list of favorites for me. But my passion is in coaching. From the high school level to coaching my four boys in youth baseball, basketball, flag football and soccer, I love to teach and be a part of the Elmhurst community.

Speaking of community, I think you will find Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy have created a great one. No different than building a successful and productive football team, Dr. Calcagno and his staff are the main reason I train three days a week in the clinic.

This is a top-tier group that cares for their patients and works to put you in the most positive situations so you can make the needed corrections and see monumental gains with training or treatment.

Whether you're looking for injury rehab, general health management, or pain reduction our unique blend of Chiropractic Care, Physical Therapy and Massage can help you. Contact us today for a consultation.

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Many people have seen a chiropractor or a physical therapist before. They were having neck or back pain or perhaps were in a motor vehicle accident. If they saw a chiropractor, he or she put the patient through a range of thorough tests and began treatment with a chiropractic adjustment to fix the misalignments in the problem area followed by ice and electric stimulation.

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