I had the privilege of playing D1 football for Rutgers University and I know the stress, both physical and mental, that comes along with playing college football. Football is a very traumatic sport, but what keeps football players of all levels on the playing field is the same thing that keeps you and me on the playing field of life.
How Chiropractic Can Help You Excel On and Off the Gridiron
Optimally Functioning Joints
Any athlete, including football players, even spectators in the stands, need optimally functioning joints. Joints are what allow movement between the bones. All joints are supported by ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Regardless of the sport you are playing, you need full flexibility so that you can run, jump, bend, and twist freely without restriction. When there is a restriction in the joint, not only are you susceptible to injury, but you are not performing at your peak!
There are several things that you can do to help the joints in your body stay healthy and function optimally:
- Take glucosamine chondroitin
- Stretch before and after strenuous activity (don’t forget the after part)
- Do not stay sedentary for extended periods
- Get your spine checked and adjusted regularly by your family chiropractor
How Chiropractic Can Help The Football Player
Chiropractic can help the football player beyond the obvious alignment of the spine, which increases your joint mobility and your ability to absorb shock. Chiropractic also works with the nervous system.
The nervous system allows you to adapt to your environment. On the gridiron, that environment is fast-paced, requiring alertness and “twitch” for success. Your reflexes are dependent on your nervous system. Because 90% of your nervous system travels through your spine, spinal misalignment and lack of motion (commonly known as Vertebral Subluxation) can disrupt and slow down the information needed for lightning-fast reflexes.
Chiropractic helps the body realign the spine, restore proper spinal motion, and allows for uninterrupted information flow over the nervous system. The result for the football player is better hand-eye coordination and faster reflexes resulting in a faster twitch!
Chiropractic adjustments can benefit both the athlete and the fan. The adjustment is typically gentle and always precise. The results of the adjustment are better spinal joint mobility, improved spinal alignment, and better nerve function.
This is the reason that most NFL teams have chiropractors on staff. Many college teams are employing chiropractic doctors as well, all to help improve player performance, decrease injury risk, and increase healing response time for those players that are hurt.
“Chiropractic works for me. I’ve been seeing a chiropractor, and he has really been helping me out a lot. Chiropractic’s been a big part of my game” – Joe Montana, 49ers Quarterback
Dr. Auger and his team are ready to help you get the most out of your football game. Contact us and we will do a thorough spine and nervous system evaluation. If you have any misaligned or locked spinal bones that are interfering with the transmission of information over your nervous system, then we can help you improve your game! Schedule an appointment today!