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Participation in youth sports is booming! Nearly 30 million US children and adolescents are active in youth sports.

Participation in organized sports is an important way for youth to develop their physical, psychological, and social health. Sports, though, can be hard on the body. Repetitive physical tasks, lack of physical training, and harsh impacts can all cause injuries and damage.

If you are a parent of a child who is involved in sports, it’s important to understand the ways that chiropractic care can help.

Taking your young athlete to a chiropractor for an evaluation can improve athletic performance by increasing range of motion, flexibility, and blood flow, as well as chiropractic care, can help heal sports injuries quicker and more efficiently.

Research shows there is a positive connection between chiropractic care and athleticism. A study of athletes by the Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation concluded that athletes who received 12 weeks of chiropractic care exhibited 30 percent improvement in reaction time, versus a group with no chiropractic care.

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The chiropractor can also offer suggestions for staying injury free with a combination of specific strengthening exercises, foot inserts, nutritional advice, warm-ups techniques, and lifestyle advice.

Therapeutic Stretches & Exercises
Sport-specific exercises can loosen muscles, improve range of motion and improve strength. Stretches and exercises can reduce the chances of another injury occurring by helping young athletes build up their muscles and improve coordination.

Foot Inserts
One of the best ways to preserve your feet and prevent future injuries is an athletic insole. Orthotics takes the stress away from knees, ankles, and feet by absorbing the shock of running and jumping motions. Flat feet (pes planus) is also a major cause of shin splints, foot pain, and bilateral knee pain in young athletes which can be helped by foot inserts.

Nutrition
Young athletes, in particular, need to eat right in order to stay active and to allow the body heal if injuries occur. Young athletes are still growing which requires more fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. Processed foods, dairy, and other inflammatory foods can prolong healing of injuries as well as can affect proper growth of muscles, bones, and ligaments.

Warm-Up Techniques
Warm-up techniques prepare the body for exercises by gradually increasing the heart rate and circulation. In turn, this will loosen the joints and increase blood flow to the muscles, which prepares them for physical activity and prevents injuries.

Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care is safe, gentle, and effective for young athletes. The goal of chiropractic care is to keep a young athlete’s body moving and operating at an optimal level. When a young athlete sees a chiropractor for the first time, a history and full examination are performed. X-rays are taken only if needed, and goals are set in order to help the athlete perform at their highest capability.

Since I’ve been in chiropractic, I’ve improved by leaps and bounds both mentally and physically.
– Michael Jordan

We’ve got to let the people know that there is a necessity — it’s not even an option; it’s a necessity — to have a chiropractor. As much as it is a necessity to have a dentist. If you have a dentist for the family, you should have your chiropractor for the family.
– Arnold Schwarzenegger

I have to have an adjustment before I go into the ring. I do believe in chiropractic. I found that going to a Chiropractor three times a week helps my performance. The majority of boxers go to get that edge.
– Evander Holyfield

Chiropractic just makes you feel so much better. When I walk out of the clinic, I feel like I’m about three inches taller and everything’s in place. And as long as I see the chiropractor, I feel like I’m one step ahead of the game.
-Tom Brady

Encourage your child to:

• Wear the proper equipment
• Get regular chiropractic adjustments
• Eat healthy meals
• Rest when hurt/injured
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Drink water
• Allow relaxation after a day of competition
• Avoid sugar-loaded, caffeinated, and carbonated drinks
• Take vitamins daily
• Avoid trendy supplements
• Get plenty of rest

Doctors of chiropractic are trained and licensed to treat the entire neuromusculoskeletal system and can provide advice on sports training, nutrition, and injury prevention to young athletes. For questions, additional information, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Christina Wellner at Chantilly Chiropractic Center, please call (703) 378-2698 or email her at [email protected].


Dr. Wellner, Chantilly Chiropractic CenterDr. Wellner, a Chiropractor at Chantilly Chiropractic Center, received her Doctorate of Chiropractic Degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic and is the recipient of the James Buerkle Memorial Award for leadership, service, and commitment to Palmer College and the chiropractic profession. As a physician, she strongly believes in patient education and empowering patients and their families to improve the quality of their lives through a multidisciplinary approach. Dr. Wellner works with local OBGYN offices, general practitioners, orthopedic doctors, neurologists, personal trainers, and other healthcare professionals to administer optimal care to her patients.

For her pediatric patients, Dr. Wellner believes in allowing a child’s natural healing abilities to shine through by using a combination of gentle spinal adjustments and nutritional/lifestyle recommendations. In her quest to educate others about the role of chiropractic in children’s health care, Dr. Wellner hosts classes and lectures in Northern Virginia about the importance of a healthy lifestyle for expectant mothers, babies, and families. Dr. Wellner is also a member of the Unified Virginia Chiropractic Association, American Chiropractic Association, Dulles Chamber of Commerce and an active member of the Dulles Chamber Health and Wellness Committee as well as the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Christina Wellner, please call (703) 378-2698 or email her at [email protected]. Chantilly Chiropractic Center is located at 3910 Centreville Rd., Ste. 202, Chantilly, VA 20151. Connect: Online | Facebook | (703) 378-2698.


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