Sports chiropractic can help athletes in all sports maximize their performance and reduce the risk of injury. Basketball players are no exception.
In fact, because of the dramatic bursts of energy and the frequent stop-start motions required in hoops, basketball players often find regular chiropractic to be particularly beneficial.
Jumping, landing, sprinting, and suddenly stopping on hard court surfaces mean the lower back and legs take a lot of abuse in practice and in play. The impressive on-court maneuvers fans appreciate often result in skeletal misalignments in players that can affect the range of motion and flexibility, as well as cause muscle strains, sprains, and tears.
Players who include sports chiropractic as part of their training routine report improved overall mobility and flexibility as well as freer nerve communication, both of which are important for a player to perform optimally.
Chiropractic adjustments realign the body for pain-free play, and eliminate undue physical stress that can lead to common basketball injuries such as those to the lower extremities (foot, ankle, and knee,) hip and thigh strains, and back and neck sprains, among others.
It seems obvious that mobility is extremely important for a player to be able to quickly bend, twist, jump and otherwise maneuver on the court. However, many underestimate the role that nerve communication plays in hand-eye coordination and effective body mechanics. If nerve flow is impeded by spinal misalignment, not only will mobility be affected, but the information transfer from the brain to the body can be delayed.
Along with spinal and limb manipulations, sports chiropractic utilizes myofascial massage, a variety of instrument-assisted rehabilitation techniques, as well as exercise, stretching, and dietary assistance to improve speed, flexibility, strength, and balance on the court. In doing so, the risk of injury is reduced and performance is naturally enhanced.
What’s more, if a player already has an existing injury, sports chiropractic can work alone or in conjunction with orthopedics to shorten recovery time, leading to faster, more complete healing.
If you want the competitive court advantage no matter your level of play, let Dynamic Sports Medicine be part of your training routine.