Research Shows Chiropractic Beneficial at Preventing Sports Injuries

Aloha / Beaverton, OR sports injury treatment and chiropracticWe come across a large number of sports injuries in our Aloha / Beaverton, OR clinic, and First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC is usually able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that over 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are hurt each year when playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults hurt every year while engaged 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 importance of preventing these types of widespread injuries. One way to potentially realize that goal, as stated in a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in regular chiropractic treatments.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are commonplace, frequently sidelining the players and impacting their team's chance at 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.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps in Treating Sports Injuries

For this study specifically, all of the players received medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also were given chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 treatment per week for the first six weeks, biweekly sessions for the following three months, and one treatment each month for the last 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 24 matches, researchers reported a diminished number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Furthermore, that very 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 effectively decrease the quantity of leg injuries.

First Choice Chiropractic & Rehabilitation PC Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Sports Injuries & Help You Recover Faster

If you or your child plays sports and you would like to ensure more time is spent on the field versus on the sidelines, call our Aloha / Beaverton, OR office at (503) 642-2845 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!

References

  • 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.
May 06, 2019
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