Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Comments

Submitted to the College of Graduate Studies of Bridgewater State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Athletic Training, 2015.

Degree Program

Athletic Training

Degree Type

Master of Science


The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of chiropractic adjustments on malalignment of the posture and lumbosacral complex pain. About fifty billion dollars a year was spent on treatment of lower back pain in about 80% of the population.1 Athletes at Bridgewater State University were used as participant in the study during a chiropractic clinic at the Tinsley athletic training room. The method used to collect data was using Coach My Video and Dartfish apps on the IPad to capture footage to analyze the pre and post effects of chiropractic adjustments. The Dartfish app was used to create angles of measurements to analyze the position of the glenohumeral joint against the baseline on the wall behind the participant. A survey was used to assist in evaluation of participants knowledge of chiropractic medicine and lumbosacral complex pain. The results show that there was no change seen in posture. There was a statistically significant reduction in pain between pre and post chiropractic adjustments.


Pamela Russell (chair)

Suanne Maurer-Starks

Kathleen Laquale