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Athletes & Sports Injury

Physical activity is a crucial component of maintaining one’s health, function & quality of life. However, musculoskeletal injuries are the largest class of athletic injuries in sports. The musculoskeletal system is structurally responsible for movement of the body.

As spine, muscle and nervous system experts, with a primary interest in movement and function, chiropractors have played an important role in helping both recreational and competitive athletes to enhance performance, manage and prevent injuries.

As part of a wider healthcare team, chiropractors assess, diagnose and treat acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions commonly affecting athletes. Chiropractors also play an important role in preventative care as well as rehabilitation.

Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries

The most common injuries include:

  • Low back pain
  • Spondylitis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Neck pain
  • Ligament sprains and muscle strains
  • Lower extremity tendinopathies
  • Shoulder tendonitis / rotator cuff injuries
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Elbow tendonitis (golfers elbow, tennis elbow)
  • Triceps tendonitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Wrist sprains
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease
  • Runners knee / Jumpers knee
  • Hamstring / calf tears and strains
  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome
  • Patellar tendonitis
  • Iliotibial band (ITB) Syndrome
  • Ligament sprains of the knee (Medial Collateral Ligament – MCL; and Lateral Collateral Ligament LCL)
  • Shin splints/ Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome
  • Sever’s disease
  • Achilles tendonitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Cuboid Syndrome

Most commonly musculoskeletal injuries result from poor adaptation, compensation, overtraining or repetitive use of a joint or muscle group. Due to the nature of most sporting disciplines, foot and ankle injuries remain the most common of all musculoskeletal injury, followed by back pain.


A chiropractor can properly assess, diagnose and treat sport injuries, and help you prevent them from reoccurring.


Reduce pain: Conservative joint manipulation and manual mobilisation, as well as soft tissue therapy (massage, dry needling or instrument assisted soft tissue techniques) can increase your range of motion and relieve pain.


Ensure a faster return to sports: Regular chiropractic care, combined with rehabilitation and strength exercises help an athlete return to play faster and prevent future reoccurrence.

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