Chiropractic’s Increasing Role in Major League Baseball’s Multidisciplinary Approach

Doctors of Chiropractic are playing an ever-increasing role in the team multidiscipline model within Major and Minor League Baseball. As more and more teams embrace the multidisciplinary approach, they are seeing very positive results with their athletes.

I’ve been blessed to be a part of an organization that embraced the multidiscipline approach from day one. Since starting with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 1998, I’ve had the good fortune to work within a system that understands and appreciates the valuable role that a doctor of chiropractic can play.

The Diamondbacks were trailblazers in developing a very holistic and broad-scoped approach to the care of their players. Head Athletic Trainer Ken Crenshaw has created a clear mission, vision and culture within his sports medicine team, and that approach has trickled down throughout every level. This team approach manifests itself in the staff through 1) an unselfish, team-oriented attitude, 2) solid work ethic, 3) integrity, and 4) an attitude of service.

In addition, each member works to communicate clearly and effectively to accomplish objectives.

Under this system, the training room has become much more than an area for treating injuries. The staff focuses on identifying each athlete’s unique needs and predispositions for injury. They then work to prevent injury in that athlete by resolving any performance-limiting imbalances they identify. They do so by creating a unique program for each athlete, drawing from a long list of techniques in addition to chiropractic care.

Some of those injury prevention tools are:

  • Soft tissue techniques
  • Traditional strengthening approaches
  • Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS)
  • Postural Restoration Exercises (PRI)
  • Movement efficiency and injury prevention
  • A very corrective strength and conditioning program
  • Recovery techniques
  • Proper core breathing
  • Rib cage activation
  • Nutrition/supplementation, including NSF Certified for Sport omega-3’s, vitamin D, performance and recovery nutrients, alkaline water, fresh blended power green drinks and a full kitchen serving nutritious and delicious food
  • A wide spectrum of modalities including PEMF, laser, H-Wave, microcurrent and others
  • Kinesiology tape
  • Cupping
  • Dry needling
  • Grounding
  • Tissue scraping
  • Recovery pump
  • Far infrared sauna
  • Flotation tank
  • Mild hyperbaric therapy

To say I am blessed to be just a small part of such a diverse and comprehensive team approach for the care of these amazing athletes is an understatement!

Another great opportunity I’ve enjoyed is serving as the assistant director for the Professional Baseball Chiropractic Society (PBCS), a role that has allowed me to get to know many of the chiropractors providing care for major league baseball teams, as well as many teams’ athletic trainers, physical therapists and strength and conditioning coaches.

Over the last 21 years, I’ve seen many positive changes throughout Major League Baseball, including a growing appreciation for the skills and insights that a doctor of chiropractic can bring to the training room. Our PBCS doctors are some of the most talented, intelligent and humble I’ve had the privilege to meet over my 31 years of practice.

I invite you to check out the PBCS website at www.probaseballchiros.com. Associate and student memberships are available and we welcome you to join.

LIFE Sport Science Institute Baseball Conference

The PBCS is partnering with Life University for our Second Annual Baseball and Sports Performance Conference, November 11 & 12, on the Life University campus in Marietta, Georgia.

Topics will include:

  • Developing Rotational Power
  • Adjustment Techniques for the Shoulder and Upper Thoracic Region
  • Baseball-Specific Shoulder Stability Training Program
  • Training Bat Speed
  • Adjustment Techniques for Lower Back and Hips
  • Training The Overhead Athlete: The Importance of The Kinetic Chain
  • Speed Training For Base Running
  • Global Mechanical Assessment and How To Apply It To Athletes
  • Lessons From Working In Professional Baseball – Panel Discussion
  • Training The Young Baseball Athlete: Understanding The American Development Model
  • Developing The Skills and Career Progression To Work in Professional and Collegiate Baseball – Panel Discussion
  • Functional Neurology and the Application to Baseball

Featured speakers include:

  • Mark Letendre, ATC – former San Francisco Giants head athletic trainer and current Medical Director for Major League Baseball umpires
  • J. Mainville, ATC – head athletic trainer for the Chicago Cubs
  • Patrick Hammond, DC for the Chicago Cubs
  • Shawn Caldwell, DC for the Colorado Rockies
  • Eric Blum, DC for the Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Lou Bisogni, DC for the New York Yankees
  • Mickey Cohen, DC for the Miami Marlins
  • Dr. Mark Kovacs from Life Sport Science Institute
  • Dr. Jason Zaremski from the University of Florida
  • Steve Tamborra from Georgia Tech
  • Michael Longyear, DC from NeuroLife Institute

You can register at http://www.lssi.life.edu/events/baseball-and-sports-performance-conference-2017/

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Chiropractor Continuing Education: 12 Continuing Education Credits Provided for Chiropractors in the following States: AZ, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IO, KS, MD, MI, MS, MN, NE, OH, OR, RI, SC, UT, VT, VI, WA, WY and Puerto Rico, CA, AL, PA, TX, TN, KS

This conference is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 12 CEUs. ATs should claim only those hours actually spent in the educational program.

National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) Continuing Education Credits Approved 1.2 CEUs (12 hours)


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