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How Chiropractic Could Help Combat Sport Athlete

combat sportsJudo, kickboxing, Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Sambo, and kung fu are some of the many types of combat sports. These forms of competitive fighting sports typically involve one-on-one combat. In many combat sports, a contestant wins by scoring more points than the opponent or by disabling the opponent.

Combat Sports and Chiropractic Care

Sports injuries can potentially affect the physical ability of an athlete. Some sports require much more body-to-body contact than others, or in some cases, body-to-body or foot-to-body contact, such as in mixed martial arts (also known as MMA).

MMA involves both stand-up and ground-work. Stand-up fighting involves punches using light gloves as well as kicks. Ground-work typically combines wrestling and jiu-jitsu or other submission based martial art.

While lying on the ground, fighters will attempt to ensnare their opponents into a position that will allow fighters to apply a joint-lock or choke-hold. These maneuvers lead to a tap or stoppage by the referee before a significant injury can occur.

To stay competitive, MMA fighters need to be at the pinnacle of health. First, they must take care of any preexisting injuries and adopt preventative measures to guard against additional injuries. Chiropractic may be a way for all athletes to protect themselves and strengthen their bodies, especially mixed martial arts and UFC fighters.

Promoting Healing and Recovery

There are specific chiropractic treatments, like, for example, spinal manipulation therapy (SMT), that may help these fighters manage their pain and allow their bodies to heal properly and efficiently, all of which may help them train better.

These fighters are prone to sustaining injuries in their shoulders, neck, hands and feet. That’s because they use their arms and legs to fight and constantly receive punches and kicks to all areas of their body. By getting regular chiropractic adjustments, fighters may be able to accelerate the time it takes their body to recover from these severe injuries.

What Scientific Research Says

Some significant research regarding the effects of chiropractic on athletes was published in 2012 on “Journal of Manipulative & Physiological Therapeutics.” The study’s objective was to evaluate if cervical spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) could increase the grip strength of judo athletes in top 10 national-ranked teams.

A single-blinded, prospective, comparative, clinical trial was performed with 18 athletes of both sexes from a judo team that’s currently competing on a national level. The athletes were randomly assigned to two groups: chiropractic SMT and sham. Three interventions were given to each of the athletes at various time points.

Force measurements were taken by a hydraulic dynamometer right before and after each intervention in the same period before training up to three weeks with at least 36 hours between interventions. The result of this study revealed that the grip strength of national-level judo athletes receiving chiropractic SMT improved in comparison to those receiving sham.

Major Athletes Who Credit Chiropractic

There are several high-level athletes who have or currently use chiropractic to stay in top form:

  • Tiger Woods (Golf)
  • Evander Holyfield (Boxing)
  • Michael Jordan (Basketball)
  • Jerry Rice: (Football NFL)

Stay at Your Athletic Best

Whether you engage in a combat or non-combat sport, natural chiropractic care could help your body stay in peak condition. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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