Soccer. Lacrosse. Football. With unlimited choices in team sports for kids these days, its no wonder kids are making the team at early ages and becoming better all the time.

fall sports and kids staying fit and healthy Fall Sports and Kids: Staying Fit and HealthyIts also easy to see why there are more sports injuries in kids than ever before.

Although being a part of the soccer or football team is an important part of being a kid, so to is staying healthy and fit throughout the process. In many cases parents and kids are overlooking the importance of body conditioning – that means exercise and good nutrition, as well as proper maintenance for staying healthy on and off the field.

As a child moves from school age to tween and teenage years, their bodies go through tremendous change and growth. Add in strenuous activity from today’s most competitive sports – especially played at the competitive levels – and the chance for injuries skyrockets.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Young athletes think they are invincible. You as a parent needs to sit down and make sure they understand they only get one chance at a healthy body. Proper care means all around good maintenance. And the quicker they learn that, the healthier they will be all through their lives.

Encourage your child to:

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Chiropractic Tips To Improve Your Golf Game Chiropractic Tips To Improve Your Golf Game

If you are an avid golfer, you know how tough golfing can be on your body. Remember your first day on the greens after a long, cold winter?

While it might feel like you’ve recovered after a few days of golfing and it becomes a part of your weekly schedule, your body may still be feeling the trauma. Golf may not involve running, jumping, tackling, kicking, and other strenuous activities – but it is a tough sport, especially on your back. The golfer’s stance of being slightly stooped over as you line up a shot can cause strain on your back, especially if you golf several times a week.

Repeatedly being bent over like that hundreds of times each week can leave you with numerous aches and pains. These tips will help you stay on top of your golf game, while protecting your back and spine.

Make sure your equipment is suitable for your body. If you use golf clubs that are too short, you will only put even more strain on your back. Instead of buying used clubs or using hand-me-downs, invest in quality equipment that fits your body.

Stretch before golfing. You may not be overexerting your body as you golf, but you are still performing physical activity. A few minutes of stretching your torso will ensure that you do not strain the muscles and ligaments in your upper body as you golf.

Wear shoes that fit and use inserts for extra support. Golfers are on their feet for hours at a time. The right shoes and inserts will cushion your feet and provide needed support for your spine and body.

Don’t rely on your golf cart to traverse the green. The rough ride of cart can be hard on your spine, so alternate between walking and riding to give your back a break.

Don’t try to take the impossible shots – they can actually inflict injury on your wrists and add even more strain to your spine. Sometimes, you have to admit defeat to avoid injury.

Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water. Golfing may not seem like a strenuous sport, but it can be quite draining. Drink lots of water as you golf to ensure that your body is hydrated.

Bicycles and Chiropractic Care How you Can be a Better Rider Bicycles and Chiropractic Care: How you Can be a Better Rider

Think bicycles and chiropractic care aren’t made for each other? Think agaain.

Here in Colorado, its hard to go anywhere without seeing someone riding a bicycle. And  while a lot of people use it simply as recreation and transportation, just as many take cycling to a whole other level. Ride the Rockies isn’t just a local event; its known around the world.

Riding a bicycle is very good exercise when it is done appropriately. But if you do not have the proper bike fit, posture and equipment, you could experience problems while riding. If you work closely with your chiropractor, you can ensure that you are properly riding your bike for the safety of your body.

Proper Bike Fit

If you experience lower back pain or neck pain after riding your bike for long periods of time, chances are that your bike is not adjusted correctly. Talk with your chiropractor and head in to your local bike shop for a professional fit. A few of the areas that will be focused on include the location of the seat and the handlebars. Explain to your chiropractor exactly where you feel the pain so that he/she can help you make changes to your riding patterns to help alleviate your pain without introducing new pain. Read more

How Chiropractic Care Can Help The Child Athlete How Chiropractic Care Can Help The Child Athlete

Children’s sports can be very beneficial tools for your child.  Sports keep your child active and motivated to exercise.  Additionally, sports can aid your child’s development of coordination and interpersonal interactions.

While sports have numerous benefits for your child, there are potential drawbacks as well.  Since most sports are medium to high impact environments, they present a greater chance of injury for your child.  Even if injuries don’t occur, your child may still suffer from misalignment caused by sporting impact.

While there is no replacement for proper medical attention, chiropractic can serve as an excellent addition to your child’s sports health regimen.  Regular chiropractic checkups can help monitor your child’s spinal health, keeping it (and your child) in proper alignment for peak performance at any sporting event. Read more

How To Get Ready For The Ski Season 1024x1024 How To Get Ready For The Ski Season

Winter is quickly approaching and with it comes ski season. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, it is important to be prepared before you hit the slopes. Skiing can leave your body in rough shape if you are not properly equipped. The following tips will help you prepare for the impending ski season and make your skiing days more enjoyable.

Schedule regular adjustments with your chiropractor before the season starts. This will help to keep you muscles, spine and ligaments in top shape, making a minor tumble less likely to leave lasting pain. Read more

Why Chiropractic and Recreational Sports Go Hand in Hand Why Chiropractic and Recreational Sports Go Hand in Hand

Everyone knows that the recreational sports you love to participate in eventually will not love you back.  Whether it’s a fall, a slide, a bump, or a break, its inevitable your recreational sports choices will leave its mark.

What many people don’t know is that there is someone who can help with the aches and pains associated with these mishaps before, during and after they occur.  Your regular doctor may be able to patch you up a bit, but he won’t be able to help much with the structural issues that your accident has afforded you.

If you want help at the structural level, its time to give chiropractic a try. Read more

How to Use Chiropractic Care to Reduce Skiing Injuries 1024x679 How to Use Chiropractic Care to Reduce Skiing Injuries

With the arrival of snow, many people are hitting the slopes.  Before you join other enthusiasts on the black diamonds, you may be wondering if there is a way to stay safe and reduce skiing injuries.  Since over 50% of ski injuries involve the neck, back, and knees, chiropractic care can definitely help keep you healthy, happy, whole and skiing this season.

1. Preventive care – They say “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”  So it is with chiropractic care.  The best way to reduce skiing injuries is to take care of yourself before you ever set foot on the mountain.  Chiropractic care specializes in helping your joints function at their greatest potential.  This in turn keeps your supporting muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nervous system working in top condition.  You want everything working smoothly before you go.  A smoothly functioning body leads to minimal stress for your joints, muscles, nerves, etc. which translates into two key benefits on the slope.
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How Chiropractic Care Can Help Kids With Football Injuries How Chiropractic Care Can Help Kids With Football Injuries

Football is obviously a rough sport, and many parents choose to withhold their children from this intense of physical contact until their bodies have matured and developed. However, now parents have been looking towards chiropractic practices to keep their kids safe and healthy playing football. The health of the spine is the number one goal of chiropractic care because it is the base of the entire nervous system, and football puts more stress on the spine than needed at such an early age.

This type of health care is done for preventative purposes, and can benefit a child later in life. Football is a game of almost constant contact, and although the hits aren’t as forceful as in NFL games, they can still do damage on the spine. Constant pressure on an undeveloped spine like this can lead to misalignment of the spine, a weakened nervous system, and a later development of scoliosis or arthritis in severe cases.

As a preventative care, chiropractors urge child- athletes to come in before any injuries occur, and not to wait for something to happen. A precursor to injury, chiropractors can teach young football players how to properly warm up and cool down for practices and games. The adolescents can also benefit by learning better posture exercises, and core stability for added protection. With these, kids can gain strength, speed, and protect their spines and nervous systems more efficiently.

Parents can breath easier knowing that their little athlete’s back is being regularly checked up on, and if injury occurs, a professional will be able to handle the situation and prevent future injuries. Football should not be taken lightly as it is a demanding and rough sport, but there are also many positives that come out of the game. Pads are not always all the protection a child needs, and chiropractic care can add more comfort and help for young football players.

Want to improve your soccer game? Give chiropractic care a try. The benefits of chiropractic care for treating bone and muscle injuries, and improving the performance of professional athletes is becoming well known. Soccer players are especially poised to reap the benefits of a chiropractic alignment or therapy because of the physical nature and demands of the sport. There are several ways that chiropractic care benefits soccer players.

Chiropractic Care and Soccer How Chiropractic Care Can Help Your Soccer Game

Integrated Approach
Chiropractors consider the holistic relationship between all of the body systems. Likewise, soccer players rely on the strength of their bones and muscles, the endurance of their respiratory system, the speed of their reflexes and the efficiency of their cardiovascular system to keep them in top shape during a game. Chiropractic care addresses all of the areas required for top soccer players through an integrated approach to medicine that recognizes the connection of the body systems.

Treating Injuries
Injuries in soccer are common; stress injuries in particular are everyday affairs on the soccer field. When a player relies on pain killers to treat pain, he runs the risk of exacerbating the injury because he is only addressing the symptoms rather than the injury itself. Chiropractic treatments provide pain management as well as treatment for the injury itself. Chiropractic care for soccer players provides relief as well as recovery from injuries.

Improving Reflexes
Though much of chiropractic care focuses on joints and muscles, some research has shown that chiropractic medicine also have benefits in the nervous system. The nervous system interacts with the musculoskeletal system during the reflex actions required to guard a goal and measure a kick. Proper alignment promotes the flow of nerve messages and oxygenated blood throughout the body.

Lower Body Focus
Most soccer injuries occur in the lower half of the body including the knees, ankles and shins. Chiropractic medicine is especially effective in treating these problem areas for soccer players. Lower body alignments and massage are simple and routine procedures than can be tailored to a soccer player’s specific injuries or ailments.

Musculoskeletal Maintenance
Even without injuries, soccer players who receive regular chiropractic alignments report fewer injuries and pain as well as more comfort during playing time. The more comfortable a player feels, the better his performance during a game.

[Received a sports injury this summer? Ready to take your soccer game to the next level? Maybe its time you tried Watts Chiropractic. Helping kids and adults take their soccer game to the next level with chiropractic care.]

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Winning often comes down to reacting faster than your opponent by only a few seconds.  In the quest to beat the competition, there is hardly a sport which hasn’t been tarnished by allegations of participants enhancing their performance with steroidal drugs.  Yet, there is a chemical-free way you can improve your game that does not have the serious side effects of steroids.  Whether you are a top athlete or are working on integrating some healthy activity in your life, chiropractic care can help keep your spine balanced and your nerve system functioning at 100%, improving your performance dramatically.

Famous athletes who are chiropractic advocates can be found in nearly every sport, such as Emmitt Smith and Terrell Owens (football), Lance Armstrong (cycling), Arnold Schwarzenegger (bodybuilding), John Stockton (basketball) and Evander Holyfield (boxing).
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