Chiropractic Treatment and Sports

By Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC

Chiropractic treatment and sports go hand in hand. They are a perfect complement to each other. Athletes of all levels and sports require their bodies to function at its highest capabilities. Chiropractic maximizes the body’s healing capacity and enhances function by re-establishing proper skeletal motion and optimizing nerve flow.

An impressive list of athletes who state chiropractic treatment helped elevate their play and boost their careers includes; Super Bowl MVP’s Aaron Rodgers, Joe Montana and Tom Brady,  Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith, NFL superstars Roger Craig and Maurice Jones-Drew, Gold medal decathlon champion Dan O’Brien, Heavyweight boxing champ Evander Holyfield, Seven time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, Seven time Mr. Olympia Arnold Schwarzenegger, MLB career homerun leader Barry Bonds, MLB superstars Johnny Damon, John Smoltz and Trevor Hoffman, Baseball Hall of Famer Wade Boggs, PGA golfers Tiger Woods and Fred Funk, and NBA Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and  Charles Barkley. This list of elite athletes of numerous sports displays the wide-spread utilization of Chiropractic treatment by athletes.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Wide Receiver Jerry Rice, a spokesperson for The Foundation of Chiropractic Progress, stated, “Chiropractic care was the key to keeping me in the game.”

Competitive and recreational athletes of all levels can benefit from chiropractic treatment. Beginners and top-tier competitors in numerous sports including football, boxing, martial arts, mixed martial arts, golf, running, cycling, lacrosse, triathlons, baseball, softball, track and field, strength events, basketball, hockey, wrestling, power lifting, soccer, volleyball, swimming, water polo and many more can improve their game with regular chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care is a catalyst for improving an athlete’s health, fitness, function and recuperation. Athletes of all ages profit by having their body’s function at its highest capabilities. Youth baseball players, senior tri-athletes and all ages in between can benefit. Athletes utilize chiropractic treatment to lessen the painful effects training, practicing and playing has on their bodies and to allow their bodies to heal more efficiently.

Athletic injuries occur for many reasons including incorrect training practices, repetition, trauma and poor warm-up. Unexpected injuries also occur for no reason. Chiropractic care restores correct skeletal joint motion, optimizes nerve flow, decreases muscle tension, increases range of motion and decreases symptoms. These factors lead to a maximization of the body’s healing capabilities and increased musclo-skeletal function. Improved healing and optimal function adds up to injury prevention, faster recovery and increased performance.

Chiropractic treatment for athletes helps repair various injuries including but not limited to aches and pains, sore muscles, pulled muscles, muscles strains, ligament sprains, neck pain, headaches, lower back pain, sciatica, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, runner’s knee, trochanter bursitis, bicep tendonitis, rotator cuff tendonitis, shin splints and plantar fasciitis. Nerve impingement injuries like stingers and burners are common ailments treated by chiropractic doctors.

Golfers commonly suffer neck, lower back, ribcage, inner elbow and hip injuries. Runners and jumpers obtain lower extremity injuries such as shin splints, iliotibial band syndrome, patello-femoral syndrome, patellar tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. Throwing athletes acquire rotator cuff tendonitis, medial epicondylitis and neck pain. Athletes in racquet sports get lateral epicondylitis and ribcage sprain/strains. Basketball players, volleyball players and skaters suffer ankle sprains. Swimmers get bicep and rotator cuff tendonitis. Football players get stingers and burners. Wrestlers and fighters suffer from neck and lowback sprain/strains. Bowlers get wrist injuries and sciatica. Hockey players acquire hip flexor, foot and back injuries. This list is only a small portion of the conditions acquired by athletes that a doctor of chiropractic treats.

Chiropractic care is drug-free, surgery-free functional medicine. The primary objective of chiropractic care is the optimization of nerve flow and the re-establishment of correct skeletal bio-mechanics. Chiropractic treatment is ideal for preventive and maintenance care.

Chiropractic doctors utilize a treatment procedure called the chiropractic adjustment or chiropractic manipulation. The chiropractic adjustment is a high velocity, low-amplitude, focused thrust that re-establishes proper motion to a joint and reduces nerve impingement.

Proper skeletal motion and optimum nerve flow maximizes the body’s function and healing capabilities. Athletes demand the most out of their bodies. Chiropractic treatment helps athletes achieve their goals by placing the body in a position to work to at its highest capacity, lessening injury recovery time and improving function.


Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC

Dr. Donald A Ozello DC is the owner and treating doctor at Championship Chiropractic located at 2595 S. Cimarron Rd, Suite #100, Las Vegas, NV 89117.  His web address is and he can be contacted at (702) 286-9040 and

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC writes a weekly health, fitness, exercise and nutrition column for The Las Vegas Informer. His is also published in OnFitness magazine,,, and

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC is an award-winning public speaker. He has spoken to various groups on health, fitness, exercise and nutrition topics. His mission is to educate and inspire others to live healthier, fitter, more functional lives.

Dr. Donald A. Ozello DC loves to exercise. Bike riding and kettlebell training are his current favorite forms of exercises. He credits “The Godfather of Fitness” Mr. Jack LaLanne as an early influence on his life.

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