SPORTS PERFORMANCE AND INJURIES IN PERTH:
Whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend warrior, chiropractic can be of great benefit to those who are physically active. Did you know, for example, that Chiropractic care has been shown to have a significant impact on vertical jump height and sprint speed (Conradie, 2014)?
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There are a growing number of scientific studies that have shown that chiropractic care can alter and enhance muscle function (Haavik, T., 2007 & 2008; Hillermann, G., 2006). Therefore chiropractic care could be of benefit to a wide variety of athletes, from sprinters to weightlifters.
Muscles perform most effectively when attached to a skeletal system that is properly aligned, allowing the body to adopt correct posture. So much so, that one study revealed findings of a single session of chiropractic spinal adjustments having a similar effect to 3 weeks of strength training on muscle function (Vila-Cha, et al., 2012).
Can you think of any athlete who would not benefit from naturally improved reaction time, increased muscle strength and the prevention of muscle fatigue developing?
Chiropractic care can help with all of the above (Kelly, D., et al., 2000; Niazi, I., et al., 2003; Hillermann, B., et al., 2006). To achieve your full sporting potential, your body must be allowed to function optimally and free from unnecessary stress and tension.
We all know that a steady supply of oxygen is vital for exercise. Yet, did you know that forward head posture, brought on by the likes of ‘Text Neck’ and prolonged poor seated posture, can reduce lung capacity by as much as 30% (Cailliet, R. & Gross, L. 1987)? Again, enrolling in chiropractic care with Duigan Chiropractic could play an integral part in your sporting performance.
First and foremost, there is nothing more frustrating than being injured and having to take time out of the sport or physical activity that we love. As explained in the “What is Chiropractic?” section of our website, the nervous system controls movement, sensations and other functions, including healing. You guessed it, the nervous system functions best when the spine is in correct alignment, free from pressure and stress. Having a nervous system free from interference may speed up the healing process.
Chiropractic care may also play a role in preventing injuries in athletes by improving their core stability, proprioception and increasing the accuracy of their brains control over their muscles (Marshall, P. & Murphy, B., 2006; Haavik, H. & Murphy, B., 2008 & 2011). When the body is in alignment and functioning properly, there is less resistance when running, jumping, kicking, and throwing.
Regular visits to Duigan Chiropractic, under wellness care, could play an important role in the prevention of avoidable injuries. Just like a regular dental check-up, regular chiropractic and postural check-ups can help to reduce the risk of injury.