Sports Chiropractic Benefits
The benefit of sports chiropractic care for sports injuries and increased performance is well documented. It is estimated that 90% of all world-class athletes utilize chiropractic care to help improve their physical performance and/or to recover more rapidly and completely from injuries. All of the National Football League (NFL) teams have a team chiropractor. Most of the Major League Baseball teams utilize chiropractic care and chiropractors are on staff to treat athletes at the Olympics.
A Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) is a specialty within the chiropractic profession that requires a minimum of 100 hours of postgraduate education. To obtain the CCSP specialty degree a five-hour sports medicine exam administered by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians must also be taken and passed. Annual continuing education hours in sports medicine must also be completed to maintain a CCSP specialty degree. Hopefully, this helps make obvious the importance of obtaining evaluation and treatment from a sports physician with the training and experience to address your specific athletic demands rather than just searching for any “chiropractor near me”.
The complex functions of running, throwing, kicking and a golf swing require optimal alignment, strength and flexibility/movement to achieve maximum performance as well as healing after an injury. This is where a sports chiropractor can be of great assistance to help improve athletic performance and minimize injuries in addition to speeding and optimizing healing after an injury.
From professional athletes to the weekend warrior, athletes receiving regular chiropractic care may notice improved performance, flexibility, endurance and a decreased incidence of injuries. Dr. Wilkens has treated athletes participating in a vast variety of sports including football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, snowboarding, wrestling, golf, track, cycling and pickleball. Even the activity of pulling a bow in archery or casting a line in fishing require a complex set of functions and can result in injury. Dr. Wilkens has treated athletes from the Olympic level to the weekend enthusiast. In Central Oregon patients from Redmond, Prineville, Sunriver and Bend have the advantage of being able to easily access Dr. Wilkens for sports related treatment when searching for a “chiropractor near me” compared to the time and distance many patients from other parts of the state and country would have to travel to see a sports chiropractor.