What do the top athletes in the world have in common with you? They recognize the benefit of chiropractic care. Athletes, from amateurs in the Olympics to professionals, have used chiropractic as an integral part of their training regiments. Arnold Schwarzenegger used chiropractic care while winning more “Mr. Universe” titles than any man in history. The dominating U.S. Olympic swimming team, in 2002 and 2006, were all under chiropractic care when they brought home the gold, along with the 2010 men’s and women’s short track speed skaters and bobsled teams. Some of you may have seen Usain Bolt getting adjusted trackside at the last summer Olympics. Many athletes receive spinal adjustments before competitions to increase performance or afterwards to correct any spinal injuries that, if left unchecked, could cause pain or decreased performance in the future. The structure of the spine has a direct effect on the function of the nervous system, and every function of the body. This is of obvious concern for those athletes striving for a finely tuned body.
Football, being one of the most destructive sports on the spine, has partnered with chiropractic for years. Legends like Jerry Rice and Joe Montana have sworn by their chiropractic care for their long careers in the NFL. One of the NFL’s more interesting stories involves Emmett Smith. He started the NFL in 1990 with the Dallas Cowboys. As a rookie in 1993 he was criticized for his poor work habits. Then in 1994 he suffered a hamstring injury that limited his performance. After that season, “I decided to invest in me, to keep me going,” Emmett told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “You can have a Ferrari body, but your wheels need balancing… I felt if I took care of my body, I could still function when I got older.”
Well, back on October 27th 2002 Emmett rushed for 109 yards (regrettably against the Seattle Seahawks) to break Walter Payton’s all time career rushing record. Not bad for an occupation in which the average person’s career lasts less than three seasons. Emmett credits chiropractic care for such a long and injury free career. He even persuaded his chiropractor, Dr. Parker, to move his practice across the street from the Cowboy’s training facility. Now all NFL teams have a chiropractor on staff, realizing how important it is to keep their athletes in top performing condition.
Professional athletes aren’t the only ones hard on their bodies. In today’s world of nonstop tests, deadlines, activities, along with recreational and professional competitions, health and performance have become more of a necessity than ever. A well- balanced, well-maintained body operates with minimal effort and strain, at its optimal potential. I am not just talking about lack of pain or illness, but a state of optimal physical, mental, and social well-being. We’re talking about true health.
Athletes should not be the only ones to benefit from chiropractic care. As Arnold Schwarzenegger, an avid spokesperson for chiropractic, lectures, “everyone can benefit from a healthy life-style.” You may not be concerned with playing professional football into your late thirties or shaving a second off of your 100 yard dash, but making it through the day with a sharp mind, increased performance, and the energy to enjoy friends and family at the end of the day is just as important.
Whether you are active playing sports like golf, soccer, or skiing; or just active in life, regular spinal checkups and chiropractic adjustments will help you to feel better, and help you to perform to the best of your ability. Remember to take care of your spine and it will take care of you.