CHIROPRACTIC IN SPORTS
Today, athletes, their agents, athletic trainers, and medical doctors all understand the consequences of disabling the pain mechanism. Fortunately for our field, many have already aligned themselves with the chiropractic perspective — treat the cause of that pain.
Ultimately, teams want their players healthy. Longevity on the playing field is paramount to them because, for every year a player remains competitive, millions of dollars can potentially be earned.
With this goal in mind, the average pro football chiropractor renders 30 to 50 treatments per week during the season. Based on an in-season lasting 16 weeks (not including quarterback camp, mini-camp, and pre- and post-season), this means that, conservatively speaking, 34 chiropractors give a total of 16,320 to 27,200 adjustments to America’s superstars during these 120 days alone.
Coming together is—and always will be—the primary way to advance our careers and our profession. It will keep us stimulated, learning, growing, and inspired, enabling us to achieve real results for the true winners in our field…our clients and patients.
It is the diversity of relationships among the teams and their chiropractors that led to the formation of the Professional Football Chiropractic Society (PFCS) in 2001. Soon after, the foundation for the Professional Baseball Chiropractic Society was created as well.
Since that time, both groups have enjoyed tremendous success, bringing together peers across the nation and giving them the opportunity to share information, cultivate relationships, and create a network of support and assistance.
This has developed a “super network of quality sports doctors” to whom athletes could be confidently referred. It has also led to the creation of Doctors of Chiropractic Sports (DoCS).
DoCS—a 501c3 nonprofit—was established as a way for chiropractors in all areas of sport to bond, advance their careers, and grow the profession as a whole. It was developed to ensure that chiropractic would become a more integral part of the arsenal of health services and peak performance enhancers within the world of sports.
DoCS initial “Sports Tracks” programs were launched in 2016, in conjunction with the Florida Chiropractic Association (one of the most robust chiropractic organizations in the country). The interest, attendance, and feedback received during that event fueled our confidence in creating a more encompassing program nationwide.
Dr. Alan Sokoloff draws from more than 30 years experience as a clinician, educator and sports enthusiast while delivering leading edge material.
My interest in sports started when I was young as I grew up watching football with my dad. My background also included dancing professionally…