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Sports & Chiropractic 


Sports Chiro

How can chiropractic care make me a better athlete?

Chiropractic treatment can help to reduce the effects of structural asymmetry and improve the functional motion of an athlete.

Chiropractors are one of the few doctors specifically trained to look at the structure of the human frame.  They are also trained in the proper motion or function of the human body, called biomechanics.  This advanced training in biomechanics allows chiropractors to efficiently detect structural and functional abnormalities before they become major problems such as injuries or poor performance.

By correcting structural asymmetry, the body is put back into its natural balance and the excess stress on the body structures is relieved.  It is important to correct structural asymmetry as soon as possible from a neurological standpoint because the body will always neurologically adapt.  This means the neurological patterns the body uses during the time of structural asymmetry will become the primary movement patterns unless the structural asymmetry has been corrected.  This is why it is more important for athletes to be structurally and functionally evaluated on a frequent basis than the average person.

Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician ®

Why choose a Board Certified Sports Chiropractor?

Whether your game is football, track, baseball, or life, get back to it – faster. Choose a Board Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner® (CCSP®) for your recovery.

10 Things you should know about Certified Sports Chiropractors. They…

1. Possess specialized knowledge of sports injuries and physical fitness.

2. Are experts in the function of the body during movement, from high-level athletics to everyday activities.

3. Can help optimize athletic performance by applying an advanced understanding of musculoskeletal function and performance enhancement.

4. Offer individualized care that extends beyond spinal adjustment to include direct treatment of muscles, joints, and connective tissues.

5. Focus on total body wellness and reaching optional functioning, not just reducing pain.

6. Are immersed in the latest sports medicine research, trends and treatment techniques.

7. Can integrate seamlessly with other healthcare practitioners to optimize your medical care.

8. Are passionate proponents of physical fitness and skilled sports medicine practitioners.

9. Will help you achieve your peak performance with a breadth and depth of knowledge found only with their specific training.

10. Comprise the top tier of the Chiropractic profession.

Benefits to Athletes

Faster recovery from injury – get back to your field sooner

Access to wider range of treatment tools and techniques

Expertise in high-performance athletics and preventative strategies

Guidance for athletic training

Sports nutrition consulting

Sports-specific treatment and preventative exercises

Ability to integrate treatment with training

Benefits to Non-Athletes

Faster evaluation of injury or pain source

Reduced treatment duration; less visits

Corrective exercises to prevent injuries

Holistic approach wellness model


How do Chiropractors achieve Sports Certification? A CCSP® has completed a minimum of 100 hours of Post Doctoral education in specialized sports medicine topics and must pass an additional Board examination.

How does a CCSP maintain their credentials? The Sports Chiropractor remains abreast of the latest research and treatment innovations through continued education and field experience. The American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians (ACBSP®) offers an annual seminar to update the doctors of the latest research and techniques.

How do I know the certification is meaningful? The CCSP® program is taught by accredited chiropractic colleges and the examinations are administered by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. The program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), a national multi-industry organization that ensures certification programs adhere to modern standards of practice for the certification industry, including objective assessment of professional knowledge and competence.

Information provided by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians.

Optimal sports medicine care requires specialized expertise. Sports Chiropractic is concerned with extreme energy expenditure, high-magnitude forces and high velocity motion and the effects those have on bodily function.

The physiology of intense activity differs in significant ways from that of “everyday” functioning. Physical activity generates large variations from “normal” cellular processes, organ function and musculoskeletal operation, both during and after the activity. Some variations are transient, while others are sustained when the activity is repeated over time.

Sports medicine is a unique subspecialty that focuses on medical issues that arise out of this more intense activity. Because the physiology of athletic movement and exercise differs from normal function, so must the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries resulting from it. The energies, forces and speeds involved in sports competition and training can cause medical problems and injuries not generally observed in low and moderate activities. Sports medicine practitioners, including Board Certified Sports Chiropractors, apply their distinct knowledge and skills to help athletes and exercisers achieve or restore peak physical function.

13 Areas where specialized knowledge is required for optimal care of athletes:

1. Assessment and management of sports related injury and illness

2. Manual medicine techniques for the spine and extremities

3. Clinical applications of exercise and physiology

4. Concussion evaluation and management

5. Pre-participation evaluations

6. Rehabilitation

7. Soft tissue care

8. Analysis of sport specific mechanics

9. Application of tape and braces

10. Sports nutrition

11. Sports psychology

12. Clinical measurement of athletic performance

13. Management of physiological responses

*Verbiage used from the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians TM (ACBSPTM) brochure.


What do high-level athletes have to say about chiropractic care?

Aaron Rodgers

“Performing at my best is important to me and should be to everyone. I am blessed my dad is a chiropractor. Getting adjusted regularly along with other good health habits my mom helped me to establish are all part of my goal to win on the field and in life.”

Venus Williams

“Chiropractic gives me the flexibility I need to stay in the game.”

Jerry Rice

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

Michael Jordan

“I didn’t know how much I could improve until I started seeing a chiropractor.”

Tom Brady

“Chiropractic just makes you feel so much better. When I walk out of the clinic, I feel like I’m three inches taller and everything’s in place.”

Lance Armstrong

Seven Time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has been receiving chiropractic care since January of 1999, helping him to keep his body together for the harsh demands of the Tour de France. After the 2005 Tour de France, Lance said that he could not have won without his chiropractor’s help.

Reggie Bush

“As a professional athlete, I am highly competitive–only accept the best. When it comes to healthcare, chiropractic is an essential service. It keeps my on field performance at its highest level and contributes to the success of the entire team.”

Arnold Schwarzenegger

 “I am very fortunate to have, so-to-speak, my in-house chiropractor, Dr. Franco Colombu, as my own personal chiropractor. So, I visit Franco regularly, and he comes over to my house. He adjusts my wife, my kids, me, everybody gets an adjustment. And we feel always great when Franco leaves. Even when I have athletic injuries he’s always there for me, and helps me. So it’s really terrific, and I know that first hand. That’s why I always will be traveling around, all over the world, talking highly about the profession of chiropractic. You chiropractic doctors are really miracle workers, and that’s why it’s really great to have you here, part of the Arnold Classic. Because, like I said, the Arnold Classic and Fitness Weekend are about health and about fitness and preventive care.”

 Joe Montana

“Chiropractic care works for me.”

One of the most recognizable celebrity/athletes, holder of four Superbowl rings, three Superbowl MVP’s and Player of the Year in 1990 has just agreed to become the spokesperson for Chiropractic in the State of California.

Emmitt Smith Credits Chiropractic for Rushing Record

“Playing in a football game is like being in 30-40 car accidents.”

An article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram explains it all started after the 1994 season when Smith endured a lot of hamstring problems and he began to ask himself some tough questions. “Do I need to get more rest? Do I need to eat better? Do I need a little more training? How can I take care of my body better? Do I need to find a chiropractor? It was time for me to invest in me,” Smith said. “I found a specialist that’s really good in balancing out my body to make sure my hips are rotated right, and my body is functioning properly. I remember somebody telling me that what I put myself in during the games is like having a car wreck every Sunday. It’s against the norm. You can find yourself in awkward positions. That stuff takes its toll. But if you take advantage of the health care, balance your body back out, put it back where it’s supposed to be, you function better, and you recover faster.”

 Evander Holyfield

“I have to have an adjustment before I go into the ring. I do believe in chiropractic. I found that going to a chiropractor three times a week helps my performance. The majority of boxers go to get that edge.”

Tiger Woods

“Being a Chiropractic patient has really helped me immensely…lifting weights and seeing a Chiropractor on a regular basis has made me a better golfer.  I’ve been going to Chiropractors for as long as I can remember.  It’s as important to my training as practicing my swing.”

 Little Known Fact: In 1995, when Tiger was 17 years old and an amateur golfer, he proudly appeared on the Chiropractic Centennial Foundation’s (CCF) Tournament of Roses Parade Float as a Chiropractic advocate.

Dan O’Brien

Decathlon Gold Medalist “If it were not for Chiropractic, I would not have won the gold medal.”

“You obviously can’t compete at your fullest if you’re not in alignment. And your body can’t heal if your back is not in alignment. It was the holistic idea that I liked about chiropractic and that is what track and field is about. Every track and field athlete that I have ever met has seen a chiropractor at one time or another. In track and field, it is absolutely essential. Chiropractic care is one of the things I think that no one has denied or refuted.”