On March 4, 2020, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress released the results of a Harris Poll Showing that 81 percent of the general public believe chiropractic is effective for athletes. The survey was commissioned by the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the value of chiropractic care.
In January of 2020, the Harris Poll conducted a survey of 2,015 U.S. consumers over the age of 18 to measure their opinions of chiropractic for both professional and amateur athletes. The results showed that more than 8 in 10 of them thought chiropractic was effective for both amateur and professional athletes alike.
The survey further showed that 49 percent of respondents thought that chiropractic was “very effective” for athletes to “restore joint function and support the neuro-musculoskeletal system.”
Competitive athletes have known the benefits of chiropractic for some time. Currently all National Football League teams have a chiropractor as part of their training and medical staff. Additionally, most National Basketball Association teams and most Major League Baseball teams also have chiropractors on staff or available to help their athletes.
Top level individual athletes have also recognized the benefits of chiropractic as many Olympic athletes have chiropractors they depend on for peak performance. For over a decade, the Arnold Classic sports event held yearly in Columbus, Ohio, has been conducted in conjunction with the International Chiropractors Association Sports Symposium. At that event, Arnold Schwarzenegger himself speaks to the group of chiropractors and testifies as to the benefits of chiropractic.
Sherry McAllister, DC, executive vice president of F4CP, commented on the Harris poll by saying, “The Harris Poll results verify what amateur and professional athletes have known for years: not only does chiropractic care help them prevent and recover from injury, it also improves their performance in the competitive arena.” She continued, “This is exactly why doctors of chiropractic are on staff for various types of professional sports teams and will be in Japan this summer caring for our Olympic athletes.”
The study showed that a higher percentage of millennials ages 18 to 34 had favorable opinions on chiropractic. As many as 88 percent thought chiropractic was beneficial for athletes compared to 69 percent for those 65 and older.
“Chiropractic care delivers pain relief, improved mobility and overall better quality of life and athletic performance for millions of patients around the world, so I’m not surprised that so many consumers of different backgrounds have similar positive perspectives,” said Dr. McAllister. “In some cases, patients may be required to pay more out-of-pocket for chiropractic care due to health plan restrictions, which may influence their opinion. My hope is that more health insurers look at the evidence of chiropractic care’s superior patient outcomes and satisfaction so that more consumers and athletes of all ages can access our care in the future.”