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Chiropractic Care for Baseball Players

Published Date: 
March 23, 2023
A batter swings and hits the ball during a baseball game.

Chiropractic care is a popular form of treatment for baseball players looking to improve their performance on the field.

Chiropractic care can also be beneficial in reducing the risk of common baseball injuries. Many injuries on the field are caused by poor posture and body mechanics, which chiropractors specialize in correcting. Regular adjustments can help players maintain proper posture and prevent muscles from becoming weak or overworked, resulting in fewer injuries during practice and games.

How Chiropractic Care Improves Your Baseball Game

Additionally, chiropractic care can help increase range of motion and flexibility. Increased flexibility can reduce the risk of strains or sprains and allow for more powerful swings and throws. 

Furthermore, chiropractic treatments can help to restore balance and coordination within the body by realigning the spine. Better posture, balance, and coordination translate into greater power generation, improved speed and agility, and better performance on the field.

Common Baseball Injuries

It is essential to recognize the warning signs of these injuries and seek medical attention as soon as possible. Symptoms that you may have a sports injury include: 

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Loss of movement or strength
  • Bruising
  • Locking up of a joint
  • Hearing a popping sound 

The most common baseball injuries include:

Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rotator cuff tears happen when the muscles that hold the shoulder in place are torn or stretched. Labral tears occur when there is damage to the labrum – a ring of cartilage surrounding the shoulder socket – usually due to an injury or repetitive motion. 

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are a common injury among athletes in the sport of baseball. 

A baseball player has sprained his ankle on the field.

The most common type of ankle sprain sustained by baseball players is an inversion sprain, which happens when the ankle rolls inward. This sprain is caused by a sudden change in direction or landing on uneven ground. Other common causes include: 

  • Running into another player
  • Collisions
  • Over-pronation during pitching or throwing 


Tendonitis is an inflammation of a tendon, the thick fibrous cord that connects muscle to bone. When the tendon becomes inflamed, it can cause pain and swelling in the surrounding area. Symptoms of tendonitis include tenderness, pain when moving or applying pressure to the affected area, redness, warmth around the joint, and a popping or crackling sound when the tendon is moved. 

Lower Back Injuries

Lower back injuries are common in baseball players and can cause significant pain and discomfort. 

The most common types of lower back injuries seen in the sport are strains, sprains, disc-related issues, and herniated discs

Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Baseball Players

Chiropractic adjustment can help baseball players improve their performance and reduce the risk of injuries. Chiropractors use various techniques to help maintain proper alignment, balance, and flexibility. 

By realigning the spine and enhancing joint function, regular chiropractic adjustments can increase strength, reduce pain, and provide better mobility for baseball players. A chiropractor can also improve nerve function to help athletes better control their muscles and hit the ball with greater power. 

A chiropractor is adjusting a baseball player to relieve inflammation and improve flexibility.

Additionally, chiropractic adjustments can reduce inflammation and relax sore muscles, which aids in faster recovery after a long day of practice or game. 

Finally, proper chiropractic treatment helps restore the spine's normal range of motion, allowing baseball players to stretch, rotate, and move in ways that can improve their throwing, batting, and running abilities. 

A baseball field.


Overall, chiropractic care can be a valuable tool for athletes looking to maximize their potential and reduce their risk of injury. Regular adjustments can help players achieve peak performance while reducing the likelihood of common sports-related injuries. Athletes can maximize their performance on the field by optimizing posture, flexibility, range of motion, coordination, and balance.

Dr. Eric Neumann D.C.

Dr. Eric Neumann grew up in Alberta, Canada where he majored in Chemistry at the University of Calgary. During his time at University, he obtained licensure as a Massage Therapist. It was clear that hands-on healing would be his calling. After suffering multiple sport-related injuries he became interested in Chiropractic. Dr. Neumann graduated from Western States Chiropractic College in 2009. He has since specialized in the treatment and management of acute spinal injuries.

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