Sports Performance is a buzzword that holds a high amount of value in competitive athletics. When most people think about performance in sports, they think about training, lifting, agility drills, or other activities that increase the athlete’s abilities. Athletes invest a large amount of time pushing their bodies through extremely high levels of physical stress in their training year round to allow themselves to succeed in their respective sports, so it is understandable that this is the primary method through which most athletes look to increase performance. There is another method, however, that has a larger impact on performance and is often overlooked by those athletes, coaches, and trainers in the early levels of competitive athletics. This method is recovery.
So why is recovery more important that training itself? In order for increases in performance to occur, the body must be exposed to a stimulus strong enough to cause a break down of tissue. The body then responds to this stimulus by rebuilding and adapting itself to better handle this sort of stimulus. In every sport, training and competition serves is a stimulus to the body that demands explosive power production for agility, jumping, running, etc. These activities effectively damage and destroys tissue. Athletes are also often subject to violent collisions and challenging postures or positions that put added demands on their physical structure. The body’s reaction to these stimuli is to grow and adapt to prepare the body to handle the stress of future workouts and competition. This is probably not very ground breaking to many athletes, coaches, or professionals involved in athletics, but it is the key applications and focuses of this principle that can often be overlooked.
Although the destructive nature of training and competition is important to provide the necessary stress to result in growth of new tissue, it is the actual REBUILDING of tissue that is responsible for performance gains. Performance enhancement is solely reliant on the body’s ability to rebuild faster than it breaks down. This creates a surplus of newly made, more adaptable tissue over older tissue that is destroyed during training. In other words, if you are not recovering properly or are training too much without recovering enough, you are losing performance.
So how do you obtain optimal recovery? What can you do as an athlete to insure you are recovering enough? Simply put, the best method to increase performance is to build a well rounded plan. A good recovery plan starts out foundational with solid diet, hydration, and sleep. From this point we can fine tune a recovery plan with regular preventative wellness care through stretching, prehabilitation exercises, and care from a health care professional such as a sports chiropractor.
Chiropractic is uniquely suited to address the needs of the athlete because it is focused on maintaining proper joint movement and biomechanics as well as supporting healthy muscle, tendon and ligamentous tissue growth. Through chiropractic and other performance enhancement methods such as manual therapy, kinesiotaping, therapeutic exercises, and Reflexive Performance Reset chiropractic care will keep your body recovering and performing at its peak potential. Whether you are a football player, wrestler, CrossFitter, golfer, weightlifter, runner, or a weekend warrior, take it from elite athletes around the world who attest that chiropractic care is absolutely essential to your performance.
At Mid-South Spine and Sports Performance, injury prevention follows as a resulting effect of maximizing recovery and sports performance. Dr. Detweiler’s approach to injury prevention involves creating a personalized plan for each individual athlete or everyday patient seeking this care. Whether you are an ultra-marathon runner, a high school baseball player, or a patient who sits at a desk all day at work and then takes a CrossFit class at night, each athlete has an predisposition to injury based on their sport or activity. If the body is pushed too far without being afforded the necessary nutrition, rest, and attention to recover, an athlete is unable to build new tissue faster than it is being broken down. This causes weak and frail muscle tissue, joint immobility, and ultimately sets the athlete up for overuse pain and injury. An example of this occurrence, is the large proportion of long distance runners that develop tendonitis or pain over the extent of their running careers in the muscles and joints of the legs such as the ankles, knees and hips. Many experienced runners identify the need and importance of proper footwear, stretching, nutrition and other recovery habits such as regular chiropractic care to improve their function and allow them to continue to push their bodies.
In order to provide the best possible preventative care, we start with a thorough evaluation of your current recovery and injury prevention habits and then expands to a full analysis of the movement and function of your body to identify possible predispositions to injury. Through Mid-South Spine and Sports Performance and NBS Fitness’ network of health and fitness professionals such as massage therapists, nutritional coaches, and personal trainers, to help develop a proper plan formulated to keep your body moving, functioning, and recovering at an optimal rate to prevent injury.
When Should an Athlete See a Chiropractor?
Just as people get a flu shot at the beginning of the year to try to prevent future illness, athletes of all ranks should approach their health in a regular preventative manner. This means regular chiropractic care instead of waiting until after an injury has occurred. While chiropractic is proven to be an excellent source for injury rehabilitation and healing, it is an even better resource for preventing or reducing injury and damage in the body. Chiropractors view the body as a whole, taking into account all aspects of health to improve performance and wellness including factors like nutrition, sleep, recovery, and prehabilitation. Dr. Detweiler has the resources to provide adjustive procedures, rehabilitative/exercise therapy, and soft tissue therapies such as ART, Graston, kinesiotaping, and myofascial release to address the nervous, skeletal, muscular, and ligamentous systems. Through this approach, the body is allowed to recover and function at its optimal level, keeping you from being sidelined with injuries.
If you or someone you know could benefit from sports performance, contact Dr. Detweiler at Mid-South Spine and Sports Performance today using our online scheduling to set up your very own individualized performance and injury prevention plan. Don’t have time to make it into the office? Check out our NEW and more convenient Chiropractic Home Visit options!