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J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2010 Dec;54(4):210-21.

Chiropractic treatment and the enhancement of sport performance: a narrative literature review.

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Assistant Professor/Clinician, Division of Clinical Education, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, 6100 Leslie Street, Toronto, Ontario M2H 3J1; email:


A literature search and narrative review was carried out with the intent of determining the current level of knowledge regarding the chiropractic treatment of athletes for the purpose of sport performance enhancement. Of the fifty-nine relevant articles retrieved, only 7 articles of variable quality were obtained which specifically investigated/discussed chiropractic treatment and its involvement in sport performance enhancement. The role of the chiropractor in sport, unsubstantiated claims of performance enhancement, theories of how chiropractic treatment may influence sport performance, and the available evidence for the benefit of chiropractic treatment on sport performance are reviewed and discussed. Areas and directions for future studies are postulated. At this time there is insufficient evidence to convincingly support the notion that treatment provided by chiropractors can directly improve sport performance.


athletic injury; chiropractic; sport performance


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