How Chiropractic Helped Jerry Rice Succeed

Which famous athlete said “Chiropractic care has been instrumental in my life, both on and off the field, and I am excited to share this with the American public”?  It was none other than Jerry Rice, who not only became the most prolific wide receiver in NFL history, but also captivated American audiences with his performances on Dancing With the Stars.

Rice has a hold on multiple NFL playoff and Super Bowl records. He played in eight conference championships and four Super Bowls. He earned three Super Bowl rings with the 49ers and was named the Most Valuable Player of San Francisco’s Super Bowl XXIII win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (FCP) made its own version of a “Hall of Fame” induction by presenting Rice with a medal for his commitment to chiropractic. “The Foundation for Chiropractic is getting the word out there, and [being a spokesperson] is a way for me to give back,” said Rice. “Chiropractic made football great for me. I was at my best and was always at 100 percent.

And Jerry Rice isn’t alone in relying on chiropractic care to keep them at the top of their game.  That’s why the NFL employs chiropractors for their athletes.  There’s significant chiropractic participation in the NFL, and 77% of NFL trainers have referred their athletes to a chiropractor for evaluation or  treatment, and presently 31% of NFL teams use chiropractors in an official capacity as part of their staff.

A study in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research in 1997 revealed that chiropractic care increases an athlete’s capillary count–an increase in blood flow and more oxygen to the body.

Thinking back to his football career, Rice credits his success on the field largely in part to chiropractic care. “If I had everything in alignment, I knew I could play my best football,” said Rice at a recent Chiropractic Seminar.   His training routine included twice-weekly chiropractic adjustments which helped his body recover from all the hard hits and countless tackles.   Because Rice firmly believed in the benefits of chiropractic, his teammates began to favor this type of healthcare over the medications that trainers traditionally give. “I wanted to set the standard within football,” said Rice. “I knew if chiropractic helped me put up outstanding numbers, it could help my teammates do the same.


The Georgia Clinic of Chiropractic Blog is written by Dr. Mark Huntsman.

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