Specialize in diagnosing and treating sports/athletic performance related injuries. They are experts in injury prevention and rehabilitation and are experienced in creating treatment plans that allow athletes to return to their sport faster.
These chiropractic professionals work with individuals who participate in a variety of sports and physical activity, including:
- Rock climbing
- Cross Fit
- Weight Lifting
Sports Chiropractic is not just for those who are injured. This type of therapy can also benefit athletes who want to prevent injuries and improve function and mobility. By focusing on posture and muscle imbalances as well as treating areas that are overused, a sports chiropractor can help athletes optimize and enhance their performance.
Sports Performance Training
Sport Performance is the manner in which sport participation is measured. Sport Performance is a complex mixture of bio-mechanical function, emotional factors, and training techniques. Performance in an athletic context has a popular connotation of representing the pursuit of excellence, where an athlete measures his or her performance as a progression toward excellence or achievement.
Why Sports Performance Training Important?
Young athletes are being exposed to high levels of competition earlier and earlier, requiring efficient abilities to sprint, jump, cut, change direction, throw, rapidly accelerate and decelerate. It’s crucial to have the proper training in order to:
- Reduce the risk of injury
- Gain a competitive edge
- Improve an athlete’s potential ability to master the specific skills required by their sport of choice
- Equip athletes to create more opportunities for advancement
Sports Physical Rehabilitation
Is the process of deciding when an injured player may safely return to practice or competition. Injuries can occur in any sporting activity, and sports injury rehabilitation is a very important part of the athletes sport life. All athletes over time, professional or not, are prone to injuries due to the excessive wear and tear associated with the demands of competitive sport. The right exercise program to maintain strength, flexibility and stability can help athletes recover quickly after an injury, empowering them to resume athletic activities.
The main goal is to return an injured player to training or competition without putting the individual or others at undue risk of injury or re-injury.
Sports Massage Therapy
Sports massage is manual manipulation of the muscles geared specifically toward helping people who have physically demanding lifestyles and/or hobbies. This kind of therapeutic massage considers the impact of certain activities on specific joints, muscle groups, tendons, ligaments, and soft tissue groups. The conscious focus of sports massage therapy maximizes the benefit of certain massage techniques and supports further physical exertion and activity. An initial assessment is used to create a specially informed massage therapy plan that will meet each individual athlete’s specific needs.
Many benefits from sports massage have been reported based on experience and observation. Some are beneficial to the mind (psychological) and some to the body (physiological).
Some of the reported benefits of sports massage include:
- Increased joint range of motion (ROM)
- Increased flexibility
- Increased sense of well-being
- Decreased muscle tension
- Decreased neurological excitability (nerves more relaxed)
- Decreased muscle spasms
- Better sleep
Purported benefits that are not supported by research include:
- Increased blood flow
- Increased elimination of exercise waste products (lactic acid)
- Decreased chance of injury
- Decreased recovery time between workouts