Research Shows Chiropractic Adjustments Effective at Preventing Sports Injuries

We encounter a large number of sports injuries in our Henderson, NV clinic, and Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda is usually able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that over 3.5 million children aged 14 and below are injured each year when playing sports. Add that to the close to 2 million adults hurt annually while participating in sports-related activities, according to statistics collected by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the importance of minimizing these types of widespread injuries. One approach to possible realize that goal, as reported by a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive routine chiropractic care.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are common, frequently sidelining the players and impacting their team's likelihood of securing a win. One particular study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see how well chiropractic could diminish these injuries and help keep them playing.

For this study in particular, all of the participants received medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also engaged in chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 session each week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly sessions for the next three months, and one treatment a month for the last 3 months of the study. The other group had no chiropractic intervention at all and acted as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic care.

After 24 matches, scientists noticed a reduced amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Moreover, that very group also missed fewer matches correlated to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to come to the conclusion that chiropractic should be made an addition to sports training programs to dramatically lessen the amount of leg injuries.

If you or your child plays sports and you would like to ensure greater time is spent on the field as opposed to on the bench, call our Henderson, NV office at (702) 990-2225 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.
January 22, 2018
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