Chiropractic Care in a Division III Setting
Professor Margaret Frens
Medical coverage has been integrated into collegiate sports settings since the early 1900s. Traditionally this role has been filled by team doctors and athletic trainers. As allied healthcare professionals, athletic trainers work under the supervision of a team physician, but also in conjunction with other healthcare professionals. Starting in September 2014, Hope College began utilizing the resources of a chiropractor on a weekly basis. Chiropractic care is a complementary form of medicine. The function of a chiropractor is to correct subluxations within joints in which “alignment, movement integrity and/or physiological function are altered, although contact between joint surfaces remains intact” (WHO). The subluxations lead to poor health or function of the body and reduce the ability of the body to adapt to the ever-changing stimuli and prevent it from responding optimally. Athletic trainers here at Hope College have stated that utilizing chiropractic care as a member of their healthcare team has brought a new dimension to the care that is provided by correcting structure and soft tissue dysfunction, enhancing tissue healing, and facilitating normal functioning. Results from a satisfaction survey that was administered to Hope College athletes indicated that they were highly satisfied with the treatment they received, and they were able to stay competitive and continue to participate at the high level that was expected of them within the Division III athletic setting at Hope College.
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