We encounter a lot of sports injuries in our Hernando, Horn Lake & Olive Branch office, and Our Chiropractic Team is generally able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that over 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and below are injured each year when playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults hurt every year while engaged in sports-related activities, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the necessity of minimizing these sorts of widespread injuries. One way to potentially achieve that goal, as reported by a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in regular chiropractic care.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are common, often sidelining the players and impacting their team's odds of winning. 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 in particular, all of the participants received medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also received chiropractic sessions at the rate of 1 treatment per week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly treatments for the next three months, and one treatment each month for the remaining 3 months of the study. The remaining half were given no chiropractic intervention at all and acted as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
Following twenty-four matches, researchers reported a reduced number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Additionally, that same group also missed fewer matches related to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be added to sports training programs to dramatically decrease the number of leg injuries.
If you or your child plays sports and you want to make sure more time is dedicated on the field as opposed to on the sidelines, call our Hernando, Horn Lake & Olive Branch office at (662) 890-0012 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!