The Professional Football Chiropractic Society (PFCS, www.profootballchiros.com) takes pride in announcing that all 32 teams in the National Football League provide their players and personnel with chiropractic physician services as part of the triage in managing and preventing injuries.According to the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (www.f4cp.org), this distinction is a benchmark for the profession and documents the important role that chiropractic care plays in optimizing athletic performance.
"The robust need for chiropractic care in the NFL has been deeply driven by the players' desire for peak physical conditioning and not simply for injuries," states Spencer H. Baron, DC, DACBSP, immediate past president of the PFCS and Miami Dolphins team chiropractor for the past 14 years. "From the earliest years of full contact football, their bodies are subject to structural stress that doctors of chiropractic ... are specially trained to care for. Many DCs who provide their services to professional athletes travel with their respective teams throughout the season, treating players up until game time, during the game and sometimes immediately following."
Rob Lizana, DC, who treats many members of the Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints, even moved with the team when they relocated to San Antonio, Texas following Hurricane Katrina. He treated players in Miami leading up to the Super Bowl, an advantage that many players were especially thankful for.
According to Saints wide receiver Marques Colston, who had seven catches for 83 yards in Super Bowl XLIV, "I always see Dr. Rob for chiropractic care on game day to get my body balanced, flexible and ready for action. I see him several times a week for rehab and to recover faster from the last game."
Saints 2006 first-round pick Reggie Bush has been receiving regular chiropractic care since high school. "I look at chiropractic care as important to keeping me healthy and at the top of my game," said the former Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national champion from the University of Southern California (USC).
Saints wide receiver Lance Moore, who converted the crucial two-point conversion during Super Bowl XLIV also relies on chiropractic treatment to be game-time ready.
"Not only did my chiropractor get me back on the field, but he helped me to stay on the field. My body just feels much better overall because of the care I've gotten," quotes Moore.
In fact, many professional athletes are outspoken about their experiences with chiropractic care; most notably, 2010 NFL Hall Of Fame inductee Jerry Rice, a spokesperson for the foundation. "I did a lot of things to stay in the game, but regular visits to my chiropractor made all the difference," Rice asserts.
Source: Foundation for Chiropractic Progress