Treating Athletes at the World Tug of War Championships

May 25, 2023 | Medical Staff Events

Today I was privileged to perform chiropractic care at the World Tug of War Championships. Tug of War has made an appearance in 5 Olympic Games between 1900 to 1920. There were 800 athletes from all over the world competing in various events between just men, just women, mixed genders, and different weights.

When I work at these sporting events, I love learning about the special gear for the sport. These athletes wore belts to prevent their ribs from getting rubbed by the rope. They wore special shoes that looked like ski boots, super rigid and they would dig their heels into the mud.

It’s always fun to view different movements and analyze the common injuries and complaints. These warriors do extreme flexion and extension while under massive amounts of load, something not advised for the average person. Most of the athletes I treated had right sided low back pain and shoulder complaints.

I volunteer at these events to increase awareness of the benefits of chiropractic for athletes. Chiropractic adjustments improve range of motion, mobility, strength, and reaction times.

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