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What is a Sports Chiropractor?

A chiropractor is a healthcare professional who specializes in diagnosing and treating conditions related to the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractors utilize spinal manipulations, commonly referred to as manual adjustments, and other techniques to alleviate pain, improve joint mobility, and enhance overall health.

The primary difference between a general chiropractor and a sports chiropractor lies in their areas of expertise, patient populations, and how they treat. While both chiropractors and sports chiropractors treat musculoskeletal conditions, sports chiropractors are known for utilizing numerous techniques, such as soft tissue mobilization, myofascial releasing, rehab, strengthening, and extremity work in addition to manual manipulations. Sports Chiropractors are typically known for spending more time with their patients during treatment sessions.

A sports chiropractor has received additional training and specialization in working with athletes and sports-related injuries. Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians® (CCSP) must complete over 100 hours of post doctoral education in specialized sports medicine topics and pass a sports medicine board examination administered by the American Chiropractic Board of Sports Physicians. Sports chiropractors have an in-depth understanding of sports physiology, biomechanics, and the demands placed on the body during athletic activities.

Sports chiropractors work closely with athletes, providing them with specialized care, injury prevention strategies, performance enhancement techniques, and rehabilitation protocols tailored to the demands of their sport. They regularly collaborate with other healthcare professionals, such as sports medicine physicians, physical therapists, orthopedic surgeons, and athletic trainers to provide comprehensive care to athletes.

In summary, while chiropractors provide general musculoskeletal care, sports chiropractors have additional training and expertise in working with athletes and sports-related injuries, aiming to optimize athletic performance and promote injury prevention and rehabilitation.

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