Sports injuries are not unique to just athletes. Tennis elbow, for example, is very common in those who do a lot of work at the computer whether with the keyboard or mouse, and cause irritation of specific muscles that originate near the elbow. Fortunately, chiropractors have extensive training in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management of neuro-musculoskeletal injuries. Most non-traumatic sports injuries are due to faulty biomechanics, chronic overuse or poor technique and the methods we use to treat the affected joint and/or soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament) can bring about a rapid recovery and hopefully, prevention of it occurring again. Chiropractors have been part of the host-medical teams for all levels of games, from the Olympics, to the Pan Am Games, to the Commonwealth Games, and on down the line. Professional sports clubs employ chiropractors too because not only do they recognize their value, but players expect their presence. Some teams such as the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks even have two! One of the largest European soccer clubs, AC Milan, has a program called Milan Lab (read more here on Milan lab), which was created by a chiropractor and has become a model for how to monitor and treat player health.
Treating injuries is only part of the work, however, as prevention or ‘prehab’ (as opposed to rehab) has a role not only in prevention of injuries, but optimizing performance. Performance therapy’s goal is to identify faulty biomechanics before they become a problem and cause an injury. This care is further optimized by counselling in specific stretching and strengthening, and nutritional advice. For more on performance therapy click here: Performance Therapy