We encounter a good deal of sports injuries in our Aloha / Beaverton, OR clinic, and Oregon Medical Centers PC is often able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that more than 3.5 million children aged 14 and below are injured each year while playing sports. Add that to the nearly 2 million adults injured every year while engaged in sports-related activities, according to statistics collected 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 approach to possible realize that goal, as reported by a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in routine chiropractic care.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are common, often sidelining the players and affecting their team's chance at securing a win. One specific study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic could diminish these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study particularly, every one of the volunteers received medical treatment. In addition, half of them also engaged in chiropractic sessions at the rate of one treatment each week for the first six weeks, biweekly treatments for the following three months, and one session each month for the final three months of the study. The other half were given no chiropractic intervention at all and acted as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic care.
Following 24 matches, specialists reported a reduced number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Moreover, that same group also missed fewer matches related to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be made an addition to sports training programs to dramatically reduce the amount of leg injuries.
If you or your child are active in sports and you want to make sure more time is spent on the field versus on the sidelines, call our Aloha / Beaverton, OR office at (503) 642-2845 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!