Chiropractic Athletes Are Better

School is back in session and school sports have begun. Are you doing all you can to help your child succeed in their sport? Have you tried chiropractic care?

Did you know that all of the NFL teams employ a full time chiropractor? Usain Bolt was adjust by a chiropractor before every race and the U.S. Olympic team travels with two chiropractors. The majority of professional sports teams have a chiropractor also.


One study, appearing in The Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation, reported that athletes who received chiropractic care exhibited up to a 30% increase in athletic ability after 12 weeks of treatments. Areas tested included skills such as kinesthetic perception, power, reaction time, agility and balance. Improvements were significantly different than those who did not receive chiropractic treatments during the same period (1).

You become stronger!! Another study by Dr. Haavik showed that after an adjustment there was an increase of almost 60% in the electrical activity readings from specifically targeted muscles, a 16% increase in absolute force measures, a 45% increase in the drive from their brain to their muscle, a small but significant shift in the H reflex curve, which is a neurophysiological measure of spinal cord excitability. This means greater strength, muscle function, and less fatigue for the athlete (2).

It not only improves performance, but chiropractic also keeps athletes in the game. In a ground-breaking research article, researchers found that by combining chiropractic care with standard medical and physiotherapy approaches, the incidence of injuries in an Australian football team was significantly reduced. This was specifi­cally related to primary lower limb muscle strains and weeks missed due to non-contact knee injuries. It also indicated a trend toward lower limb injury prevention with the addition of sports chiropractic intervention (3).


Schedule your first appointment with Bell Family Chiropractic online or give us a call at 865-383-7730

Dr. Ryan participated in sports growing up and lettered in two sports while in high school. He regularly adjusts high school swimmers, football players, runners, and basketball players.

Our unique office makes it affordable and easy to get regular chiropractic care for your child or your whole family. You can learn more about our fees here.

“I did a lot of things to stay in the game, but regular visits to my chiro­practor were among the most important.”

– Jerry Rice (13-time ProBowl NFL football player, and SuperBowl XXIII MVP)

References and sources:

1. Lauro A. Mouch B. Chiropractic effects on athletic ability – The Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation (1991); 6: 84-87


3. Hoskins W, Pollard H. The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian Rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial – BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2010 Apr 8;11:64