Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world. People of all ages enjoy playing for fun and fitness, and billions of fans everywhere gather to watch the most talented athletes in the world play “the beautiful game” every week, especially during the Fifa World Cup.
For many of these athletes, Chiropractic has played an essential role in achieving peak performance levels in their training and their lifestyle.
Chiropractic Benefits For Soccer Players
What can a chiropractor do for soccer players to help them stay on the field longer, play at their peak, and recover faster when they are injured? The answer is very simple.
Align the Spine
Chiropractic doctors deal with the alignment of the spine and the effect that this alignment has on the nervous system. When the spine is not in proper alignment and locked out of place (commonly known as a Vertebral Subluxation), it sets into motion several issues that keep the athlete from playing at their best and makes them more susceptible to injury.
A vertebral subluxation decreases the mobility of the spine. Any athlete, from the weekend warrior to the professional, knows that to play at their best, they need flexibility.
Misaligned and locked spinal bones will:
- restrict proper spinal motion
- decrease a player’s on-field performance
- increase the chance of injury
When the spine regains its proper alignment and motion, performance improves, and the chance of injury decreases.
Ensure Proper Nerve Flow
There is another way that chiropractic doctors help the soccer player or athlete improve their performance. Soccer players require lightning-fast reflexes and hand-foot coordination. Reflexes and coordination are functions of the nervous system.
90% of the central nervous system travels through the spinal bones (vertebrae), and then the spinal nerve roots exit in-between those same vertebrae. So, the alignment of the spinal bones can either allow for proper information flow over the nervous system or disrupt information flow over the nervous system. The athlete, as well as the non-athlete, needs proper nerve flow for peak performance. Reflexes and coordination depend on it!
Not many players, coaches, or parents in Greenville realize how physical the game of soccer is. Whether you slide tackle an attacking player, or are a center-back heading the ball, or collide with another player on the field, all of these actions add up and take a toll on your body, particularly on your spine. These traumas can misalign one or more vertebra just enough that you won’t feel it, but you will see the effects of decreased performance and flexibility.
We Can Help Soccer Players
At Auger Family Chiropractic, we will perform a thorough spine and nervous system evaluation to determine if any spinal segments have become misaligned and locked out of place, impeding peak performance. If that is the case, we can help you reach your maximum potential on and off the pitch.