Studies Show Chiropractic Adjustments Effective at Preventing Sports Injuries
We come across a lot of sports injuries in our Henderson, NV clinic, and Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda is often able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that over 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and below are injured each year while playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults injured 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 start to see the importance of minimizing these types of widespread injuries. One way to possible achieve that goal, according to a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in regular chiropractic care.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are commonplace, frequently sidelining the players and affecting their team's likelihood of winning. One specific study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could diminish these injuries and help keep them in the game.
Research Proves Chiropractic Helps in Treating Sports Injuries
For this study in particular, every one of the participants received medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also engaged in chiropractic sessions at the rate of 1 treatment each week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly treatments for the next three months, and one treatment per month for the last three months of the study. The remaining participants had no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and were used as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
Following 24 matches, specialists noted a lessened 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 added to sports training programs to effectively decrease the quantity of leg injuries.
Dr. Russell and Dr. Janda Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Sports Injuries & Help You Recover Faster
If you or your child plays sports and you would like to make sure more time is dedicated on the field as opposed to on the sidelines, call our Henderson, NV office at (702) 990-2225 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!
- 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.