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Professional Baseball Chiropractic Society Points to Value of Chiropractic Care for Professional Athletes

Knowledge Base and Skill of Chiropractors Positively Impact Player Health and Performance Across Major League Baseball

PBCS LogoAs the 2017 Major League Baseball season enters its second month, the Professional Baseball Chiropractic Society (PBCS) highlights the important role of chiropractors within a multidisciplinary team of health care providers for both professional and amateur athletes. Rick Bishop DC, CCSP®, director, PBCS, points to the value that DCs bring to an integrative setting - their knowledge base and skill positively impact player health and performance. 

“The ability for DCs to communicate with the athletic trainers and health care staff, while knowing and performing their role to the best of their ability, is what ultimately allows the players to achieve the most effective and best outcome,” says Dr. Bishop. “It is an honor that professional sports medicine personnel, our colleagues who work tirelessly to keep athletes on the field and performing optimally, recognize the value of chiropractic care.” 

The Professional Baseball Chiropractic Society operates as a resource and reference point for the medical staffs serving professional teams. Additionally, the organization encourages heightened education, appropriate behavior, cooperation and compliance with the members of the team medical staff. 

According to Alan Palmer, DC, CCST, assistant director, PBCS and team chiropractor, Arizona Diamondbacks, “The way that doctors of chiropractic interact with other allied health professionals reflects on the profession as a whole. Over the last 21 years that I have been working with professional teams, I have witnessed a growing acceptance of chiropractic as an official component of care for players.” 

The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress® (F4CP) explains that DCs receive a minimum of seven years of higher level education, and are qualified to diagnose, treat and manage a broad spectrum of health conditions. For athletes, chiropractic care helps to reduce the risk of injuries and improve health and performance through enhancements in range of motion, flexibility, balance, muscle strength and other key factors. 

About the Professional Baseball Chiropractic Society

The Professional Baseball Chiropractic Society (PBCS) is an organization of highly skilled chiropractors whose mission is to provide the highest quality of chiropractic health service to the individual player and staff members of the team in which they serve. The PBCS serves its members by providing continuing education for the professional sport chiropractor, as it relates to the profession, helping his/her understanding and knowledge of sports medicine. The purpose is to elevate the health of those that he/she serves. The PBCS also serves as a resource to educate those outside the professional baseball chiropractic community about the profession and the chiropractor’s integral role within the sports medicine team. 

Chiropractic care has been a vital component to helping many of the biggest stars in Major League Baseball keep themselves on the field and avoid injuries, but also enhance their performance throughout the long and tedious MLB season. Players such as Barry Bonds and Cole Hamels have been major supporters of chiropractic and have expressed their own personal success stories in many media outlets in recent years. 

Did You Know?

  • Currently, 28 teams of the 30 teams in Major League Baseball utilize chiropractic services during the season and spring training.
  • Many Minor League teams use the services of a chiropractor, as well. In 2015, PBCS expanded to include chiropractors who provide chiropractic care to teams in Minor League Baseball.
  • In November 2016, PBCS partnered with Life University on a Sports Performance Conference with an emphasis on baseball on Life’s Marietta campus.
  • You don’t have to be a professional baseball team chiropractor to be a member of the PBCS. PBCS now offers membership opportunities for both students and chiropractors who are not affiliated with a pro baseball team.
  • In “Baseball & Chiropractic: Maturing Together” (Chiropractic History, vol. 29., no. 1, 2009, pp. 15-18), Steven Parker, DC, speculates that pitcher Mordecai “Three-Finger” Brown, might be the first professional athlete to receive chiropractic treatment, in 1911. Hall of Famers Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, and Lou Gehrig are also known to have benefited from chiropractic treatment throughout their careers.



Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (FyCP),
Professional Baseball Chiropractic Society,
ACA News, “Joining the Big League: Chiropractic and Professional Baseball,”Author: Rick Bishop, DC, Tuesday, March 28, 2017