Chiropractic and Sports Injuries
We encounter a lot of sports injuries in our Mandeville office, and Sports & Family Chiropractic is generally able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that over 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are injured each year when playing sports. Add that to the nearly 2 million adults injured each year while participating in sports-related activities, as reported by statistics collected by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can begin to see the necessity of preventing these types of common injuries. One approach to potentially realize that goal, as stated in a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in regular chiropractic care.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are commonplace, often sidelining the players and affecting their team's likelihood of securing a win. One particular study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic could diminish these injuries and help keep them in the game.
For this study specifically, every one of the volunteers was given medical treatment. In addition, half of them also engaged in chiropractic sessions at the rate of 1 session each week for the first six weeks, biweekly sessions for the next three months, and one treatment each month for the final 3 months of the study. The other group had no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and were used as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
Following twenty-four matches, researchers reported a reduced amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Furthermore, that very group also missed fewer matches connected to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be added to sports training programs to effectively decrease the amount of leg injuries.
If you or your child are active in sports and you want to make sure more time is dedicated on the field as opposed to on the sidelines, call our Mandeville office at (985) 809-3135 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!
- Hoskins, W, & Pollard, H. (2010, April 8). The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian Rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 11(64), doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-64
- Misra, A. (2014, March 17). Common sports injuries: Incidence and average charges. Department of Health & Human Services.
- Stanford Children’s Hospital. (n.d.). Sports injury statistics.