A Step Up: Chiropractic in the NFL

Jerry Rice quote

How can a football player run the weekly gauntlet of hits and still show up the next week?  Did you know that all 32 NFL teams utilize the services of a chiropractor to keep their athletes in peak condition? It has been described that playing in an NFL game is the equivalent to experiencing a car accident every week for 16 weeks. With that kind of physical stress on the body, performance and staying free of injury become much more of challenge. What was the key to maintaining peak performance and longevity in the NFL?  NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice declared, “Chiropractic was the key to keeping me in the game.”

How in the world does chiropractic care improve athletic performance? The science behind this phenomenon is quite fascinating.  First there are two concepts needed to understanding the benefits of chiropractic care.

First, the body is always self healing and self regulating. If you have experienced a bruise or cut, you have also seen the body heal these injuries. The body is also constantly regulating and adapting your body to the environment. You will notice this when you experience a temperature change. If the temperature is to hot you will sweat (cooling yourself) or if it is to cold you will shiver (warming yourself). The body is constantly healing and adapting.

Second, the nervous system is the master system for all the other functions of the body.  This includes touch, taste, movement, coordination, hormone regulation, healing, and organ function. Everything you experience is because of your nervous system relaying information.

If you interfere with the nervous system then interfere with the body’s ability to regulate and heal. This is especially true with the impacts experienced by football players. Regular trauma to the back, spine, shoulders and hips can impair the body’s ability to communicate (regulation and healing).  Disturbances to the spine and nervous system are called subluxations (pronounced Sub-lux-ation).  Correction of subluxation by a chiropractor puts your brain and your body on the same page.

The average NFL career is about 2-4 years. How was it the Jerry Rice was able maintain a fantastic 20-year career as a wide receiver?  Jerry Rice went on to state, “I have been blessed with a long and healthy career as a professional athlete, and as I move forward into the next stage of my life, chiropractic care will continue to be an important part of my game.”

Make chiropractic part of your training and recovery today.  If you need a recommendation for a chiropractor in your area, Dr. Dan would be happy to recommend a great office.


Platinum Chiropractic 

Serving the greater Grand Rapids area; Standale, Walker, Wyoming, and Grandville

Grand Rapids, MI 49534


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