Chiropractic Care and Sports Injuries

We come across a lot of sports injuries in our Aloha clinic, and First Choice Chiropractic & Rehab is often able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that over 3.5 million children aged 14 and below are hurt each year when playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults hurt annually while engaged in sports-related activities, as reported by statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can begin to see the necessity of preventing these sorts of widespread injuries. One approach to potentially realize that goal, as stated in a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive regular chiropractic treatments.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are commonplace, often sidelining the players and impacting their team's chance at securing a win. One specific study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see how well chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them playing.

For this study specifically, all of the volunteers got medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also were given chiropractic sessions at the rate of 1 treatment each week for the first six weeks, biweekly treatments for the next three months, and one treatment per month for the last three months of the study. The remaining half were given no chiropractic intervention at all and acted as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic.

Following twenty-four matches, researchers noticed a lessened amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Moreover, that same group also missed fewer matches connected to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic ought to be made an addition to sports training programs to dramatically reduce the number of leg injuries.

If you or your child plays sports and you want to make sure greater time is dedicated on the field as opposed to on the bench, call our Aloha 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.
September 29, 2015
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