CHIROPRACTIC AND LACROSSE
Men’s lacrosse is a full-contact team sport, while women’s lacrosse is a limited-contact sport. Its origins are rooted in Native American tradition among the Iroquois tribes that inhabited what is now present-day New York and Pennsylvania in the United States and the lower parts of the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Lacrosse was considered a warrior’s game, to be played for the honor of the various tribes. Interestingly, it got its name from a visiting French Jesuit missionary, who dubbed the game “la crosse,” which was similar to the French term for field hockey (“le jeu de la crosse”).
Lacrosse remains popular today, not only in the same regions from which it originated but all across the country. It also retains much of its rough and tumble full-contact origins, with slashes and stick checks to the body considered a legitimate part of the game. As a result, it is all too common for players to sustain musculoskeletal injuries that will decrease their performance on the field or even sideline them.
Typical Lacrosse Injuries
These are the most common injuries sustained during lacrosse:
- Ankle and knee sprains
- Rotator cuff injuries to the shoulder
- Lower back pain
- Elbow and wrist pain
- Head and face trauma
Chiropractic Care for Lacrosse Players
Chiropractic doctors focus on the relationship between spinal alignment/function and the nervous system. This relationship is vital to performing your best, staying injury-free, and recovering from injury quicker and more thoroughly.
The spinal column is the main weight-bearing structure of your body. Your shoulders, arms, and legs are all structurally attached to your spinal column and pelvis. Therefore, the alignment and function of the spine have a direct biomechanical impact on all of these areas. However, the impact the spine has doesn’t stop there. Since 90% of your central nervous system travels through your spinal bones, the alignment and function of your spine have a direct impact on your nervous system’s ability to transmit information.
The transmission of information over the nervous system is how your brain controls and coordinates how your body functions. Any disruption or interference with the transmission of information over your nervous system will negatively affect your function on and off the field. This, in turn, will increase your susceptibility to injury, decrease your healing time, and decrease your athletic performance.
When the spinal column misaligns and gets locked out of place, negatively affecting the nervous system, it is commonly referred to as Vertebral Subluxation. Chiropractic doctors are the only healthcare professionals who are licensed and trained to detect and correct Vertebral Subluxation.
If you want to increase your athletic performance, decrease your chance for injury, or just heal quicker, then contact us. Dr. Auger will perform a thorough chiropractic spine and nervous system evaluation to determine if you have Vertebral Subluxation. If you have Subluxation, then we can help improve your life on and off the field. Schedule an appointment today!