We treat many athletes in our Loveland, OH office, because chiropractic is a great way to speed recovery times and enhance performance. Nearly every pro athlete uses chiropractic care to keep themselves working at maximum capability, and the US Olympic Team has an entire staff of chiropractors for their athletes.
In a 2011 study, researchers evaluated the results of chiropractic adjustments on 18 professional judo athletes in Brazil. Fifty percent of the athletes received chiropractic adjustments of their cervical spine. The other fifty percent received a fake treatment. Since judo relies considerably on the arms and hands, researchers assessed athletes' grip strength with a device that measures muscle strength.
After 3 treatments, the athletes in the chiropractic group had considerably improved grip strength. While the chiropractic group improved their grip strength by about 15%, the athletes in the placebo treatment group had only gotten better by about 5%. The study came to the conclusion that chiropractic made a significant difference in the grip strength in these athletes.
While more research is necessary to know the full advantages of chiropractic on athletic performance, this study is encouraging. A 2010 study found that chiropractic care lessened the risk of lower-limb injury in football players. Regardless of whether you’re needing to recover from an injury or you’re simply trying to boost your performance, Dr. Kauffman can help you achieve your best.
Give our Loveland, OH office a call today at (513) 444-4529 for an appointment.
Botelho MB, Andrade BB. Effect of Cervical Spine Manipulative Therapy on Judo Athletes' Grip Strength. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapies. 2011; 35(11):38-44.
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 control trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11:64.