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The Use and Role of Sport Chiropractors in the National Football League: A Short Report

There is significant chiropractic participation in US professional football. Certified athletic trainers see a role for the sport chiropractor in the NFL, primarily as a spinal specialist treating low back and other musculoskeletal injuries. A substantial majority of NFL trainers have developed cooperative relationships with chiropractors, with 77% having referred a player to a chiropractor. Thirty-one percent of NFL teams have a chiropractor officially on staff, and an additional 12% of teams refer players to chiropractors but do not directly retain these chiropractors.

 Stump JL, Redwood D.   J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2002 (Mar-Apr); 25 (3): E2