Did You Know? Chiropractic and Football

Experts estimate that 90 percent of all world-class athletes use chiropractic care to prevent injuries and increase their performance potential.

All National Football League (NFL) teams rely on DCs in varying capacities, and 77 percent of athletic trainers have referred players to a chiropractor for evaluation or treatment.  You don’t have to be an athlete to benefit from regular chiropractic care.

NFL players such as Aaron Rodgers, Vernon Davis, Jerry Rice, Patrick Willis, and Justin Smith praise chiropractic for helping them to play at the best of their ability and without aches or pains. Takeo Spikes, a former football linebacker has been adjusted by chiropractors for 15 years during and after his football career.

According to the Professional Football Chiropractic Association, the average NFL team chiropractor will perform 30 to 50 treatments each week during a football season. With about 34 chiropractors working for NFL teams, together, they execute 16,320 to 27,200 adjustments in just 16 weeks.

Not all NFL players are seeking chiropractic care after they suffer an injury. Some, like New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, find that it helps improve not only their health, but their performance, “Chiropractic just makes you feel so much better. When I walk out of the clinic, I feel like I’m about three inches taller and everything’s in place. And as long as I see the chiropractor, I feel like I’m one step ahead of the game.”

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