ATHLETICS AND THE CHIROPRACTIC "EDGE"
When a doctor of chiropractic accompanied
the U.S. Olympic Team to Atlanta, he was continuing a 16-year-old tradition. Since the
1980 Lake Placid games, an official chiropractic presence has been part of the Olympic
experience. From world-class competitors to casual weekend players, athletes of all sorts
have sought the chiropractic "edge".
Recently, a Canadian research team
included chiropractic care in the rehabilitation program of sixteen injured female
long-distance runners. Not only did these runners recover quickly, but seven of them
actually scored "personal best" performances while under chiropractic care.1
The extent of the chiropractic
"edge" was further tested by clinical researchers in Iowa. Fifty athletes were
divided into a group which was merely observed (the "control" group), and a
group which added chiropractic care to the usual training procedures. After six weeks, the
chiropractic group scored significantly better on standard tests of athletic ability.
Particularly impressive changes took place in these athletes' reaction times. The control
group exhibited less than 1% improvement, while the athletes under chiropractic care
achieved reaction times more than 18% faster than their initial scores. The authors cite
these results as important indicators of enhanced nervous system function.2
Optimal human performance has significance
beyond the athletic field. The chiropractic goal of improved nervous system function has
importance on our highways, in our classrooms, at the workplace and in all other aspects
1 Grimston SK, Engsberg JR, Shaw L, Vetanze
NW. Muscular Rehabilitation Prescribed in Coordination with Prior Chiropractic Therapy as
a Treatment for Sacroiliac Subluxation in Female Distance Runners. Chiropractic Sports
Medicine, 1990; 4: 2 - 8.
2 Lauro A, Mouch B. Chiropractic Effects on
Athletic Ability. Chiropractic: The Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical
Investigation, 1991; 6: 84 - 87.
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Marion Todres, M.A., D.C. and Charles Masarsky, D.C.