Around a half-million high school students in the U.S. play volleyball. Whether the parent of a volleyball player or part of a recreational league, the goal is to be ready for the season, which means preventing and addressing volleyball injuries. It is a highly demanding sport with quick movements, jumping, twisting, diving, spiking, etc. Despite being fit and healthy, extensive training and match play take a toll on the body. Chiropractic can benefit volleyball players.
Common Volleyball Injuries
Why Chiropractic Works
Chiropractic treatment and rehabilitation are recommended for volleyball injuries because it addresses acute and chronic injuries to all body areas and treats the entire musculoskeletal system. Proper joint alignment from chiropractic adjustments in the spine and throughout the body maintains biomechanic integrity. This reduces high-impact forces in the joints. Soft tissue treatments like instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization can help resolve injuries by providing the tissues with more blood flow into the affected area, allowing faster healing. Most volleyball injuries result from overuse of the joints and muscles, resulting in repetitive strain. In volleyball, repetitive/overuse injuries are common in the knees, ankles, and shoulders. This comes from all the jumping, serving, and spiking.
Body Soreness Is Reduced/Alleviated
Many athletes, including volleyball players, do not get the proper recovery time from training or playing.
- Reduced recovery periods cause body soreness and stiffness that can overlap into an injury.
- Chiropractic can reduce and alleviate body soreness.
- Chiropractic promotes faster recovery.
Studies show that athletes that receive regular chiropractic care found speed and mobility performance enhanced.
- Athletes require fast reflexes and optimal hand-eye coordination.
- Speed, mobility, reflexes, and coordination depend on a healthy nervous system.
- 90% of the central nervous system travels through the spine.
- Spinal alignment can either allow for proper nerve flow or disrupt nerve flow.
- Even when just one spinal segment is misaligned and out of place, the nervous system can impact reflexes, speed, mobility, and hand-eye coordination.
- A properly functioning spine and nervous system will ensure the player is at their best.
Faster Injury Recovery Time
Healing the body properly takes time. Just like the body needs sleep/rest to function properly, so does it with injuries.
- The issue for athletes is how much time healing takes.
- Individual athletes receiving chiropractic care have been shown to heal faster.
Mobility and Strength
A chiropractic doctor can reduce the pressure around the nerve roots that exit the spine, which will help improve player performance. This includes:
- Range of motion
- Mobility and flexibility
To find out how chiropractic can help, contact Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic. We will perform a thorough musculoskeletal and nervous system examination.
Sports Chiropractic Injury Treatment
How Many Calories Over 24 hours
Myths that offer strategies that avoid the hard work and commitment that diet and exercise demand should be avoided. Individuals cannot expect to experience healthy body composition changes by increasing/decreasing meal frequency if they are living a sedentary lifestyle. How often or what time an individual takes in calories (has a meal) is not important. What is important is how many calories an individual has over 24 hours. A study looked at healthy individuals that ate one large meal a day for two weeks and then later ate the same meal but spread out over five smaller meals for another two weeks. It was concluded that there was no statistical difference in body weight gain or loss between the two eating methods. 2000 calories over 3 meals is the same 2000 calories consumed over 5 meals. There is no substitute for proper diet and exercise. The focus should be on what and how much you eat.
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