Managing athletic injuries with chiropractic within team-based care

As part of the medical services for the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in Toronto this summer, there are nearly 140 volunteer chiropractors working alongside other healthcare professionals to help manage musculoskeletal injuries among athletes. Chiropractic care as part of the medical services team can help manage musculoskeletal injuries and enhance performance to ensure they are at their best in competition.

Historically, Canadian chiropractors have played an important role in supporting both amateur and professional/elite athletes due to their extensive training in the assessment, diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal conditions. For those with a keen interest in sport sciences, chiropractors can complete additional specialized training for the Sports Sciences Residency Program. These specialized providers often play a lead role in medical and therapeutic services as part of a sports team or mass games.

As part of a healthcare team, chiropractors help support the care of athletes by providing manual therapies which may include joint manipulation/mobilization, soft tissue therapy, modalities (e.g. acupuncture, TENS, IFC, US) and rehabilitation. Notably, an important aspect of the care of athletes focuses on injury prevention strategies which are adapted to the specific needs and characteristics of the individual. In Canada, 66% of injuries among youth were due to sports, with sports being the cause of 29% of all injuries in adults.Since sports-related injuries are high and can prevent an athlete from performing, it is essential to have chiropractors as part of the medical team at the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games this summer to help athletes manage any injuries.

At a glance, a chiropractor can help athletes with the following:

  • Ensure a faster return to sports: Regular chiropractic care combined with rehabilitation can help an athlete return to play faster and prevent future reoccurrence.
  • Reduce pain: Joint manipulation and manual mobilization, as well as soft tissue therapy, can increase your range of motion, improve function and relieve pain/symptoms.
  • Relieve symptoms and facilitate tissue repair: Chiropractic treatment plans can include manual therapies complemented by modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and acupuncture, as well as soft tissue therapy.

Adding Chiropractic Treatment to Your Healthcare

In general, when you begin any new sport or physical activity, visit your chiropractor or other healthcare professionals to determine what measures can be taken to prevent injury or enhance your performance. Having a chiropractor as part of your healthcare team is important and can prevent pain down the road. If you are unsure of where to find a chiropractor, you can find one on our website.

Have you added a chiropractor to your healthcare team? How has it helped you with your performance?

1. Jean-Michel Billette, Teresa Janz, “Injuries in Canada: Insights from the Canadian Community Health Survey”, Health at a Glance, Statistics Canada. June 28, 2011, https://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/82-624-x/2011001/article/11506-eng.htm.

Related Posts:

Floating Review Template1
Royal York Chiropractic and Massage Therapy (416) 233-5413
4.9 6
Dundas Street West Toronto Ontario M8X 1Y3
  • I started going to Dr. Marco back in January 2020 when I was suffering a lower back injury. After seeing the reviews on google, I decided to give him a chance and I haven't looked back. Dr. Marco has helped me in my recovery and brought me back to feeling healthier than ever. He is extremely knowledgeable, kind and easy to talk too. Not to mention, the prices are very reasonable and not overpriced. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a chiropractor in Etobicoke.
  • Royal York Chiropractic was recommended to me by multiple people, so I decided to give it a go for my back and shoulder problems. My first experience with Dr. Marco was extremely positive. He is very knowledgeable and easy to talk to. His honesty and commitment to improving my pain is what kept me coming back. Very positive experience!
  • I have been seeing Dr. Marco for many years now and he helps me each time I see him. He’s friendly, knowledgeable and has a level of clinical awareness that comes from years of experience which helps to create an overall positive interaction. Making appointments is never an issue and the clinic environment is welcoming and relaxing. Highly recommend him!
  • I have had very positive experiences with Royal York Chiropractic. While Dr. Peter has predominantly been overseeing my care, I have had adjustments with Dr. Marco as well. Both are competent, caring, friendly and willing to answer questions. Anna keeps the office well-organized and the few times I've had to wait, it has never been for long.
  • I have been seeing Dr. Marco for a few years now and he helps me every time. His adjustments are precise and effective, he knows what he is doing. He can be aggressive or as gentle as you need. Appointments have never been an issue, he always works around my schedule. I would highly recommend him!