|Dr. Steve Hannegan, official Chiropractor for Cincinnati Cyclones|
Humans have been playing hockey in its many various forms for thousands of years. Historical evidence suggests ancient Egyptians played a variation of it under the warm African sun and northern Europeans reimagined their local frozen ponds as ice hockey rinks.
As the equipment and technique of ice hockey have enjoyed the refinements ushered in by the 20th and 21st centuries, so of course has medical technology and our understanding of injury on the human body. Doctors, coaches, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and chiropractors today have a more holistic understanding of the long and short term impacts of ice hockey related injuries, the most common being concussions, sprains, and shoulder injuries.
As with most major sports teams today, The Cincinnati Cyclones have their own dedicated chiropractor who provides care before, during, and after games to make sure players perform their best and are able to receive immediate care if needed. Dr. Steve Hannegan of Performance Chiropractic returns to the Cyclones for the 2018-2019 season as the team's official chiropractor.
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In addition to getting players back on the ice faster and working with them to ensure they are performing at their peak, "the players utilize chiropractic care to maintain and improve their mobility and reduce injury risk. When a player’s joints are moving properly this allows the stress of playing to be properly distributed through the muscles and joints. This includes movements like shooting the puck, taking hits, and skating. By properly distributing the muscular component of skating to all the correct muscles by optimal joint mobility the player can generate the most power, acceleration, and speed. This makes the player and the team that much better and could be the difference between a win and a loss". (read the full post on Performance Chriopractic's blog)
Dr. Hannegan has a Masters in Sports Science and Rehabilitation and is a former Division I baseball player. His education and experience opened his eyes to the typical symptom-based approaches to treatment that provided little insight into the cause of an injury or its prevention. He knows first-hand the challenges of being a competitive athlete and has turned his passion for helping athletes perform at their peak into a successful career. Dr. Hannegan is committed to helping his clients get back on the field, rink, court or back to everyday life as soon as possible.