We deal with a several of sports injuries in our Charlotte, NC clinic, and ChiroWerx is generally able to help these athletes. Stanford Childrens Hospital states that over 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and younger are injured each year while playing sports. Add that to the nearly 2 million adults injured every year 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 necessity of minimizing these types of common injuries. One way to potentially realize that goal, according to a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in regular chiropractic treatments.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are common, often sidelining the players and impacting their team's chance at winning. One particular study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see how well chiropractic care could cut down on these injuries and help keep them in the game.
For this study specifically, every one of the volunteers was given medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also received chiropractic sessions at the rate of one session per week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly treatments for the following three months, and one treatment per month for the final 3 months of the study. The other participants had no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and were used as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic.
After 24 matches, specialists noticed a lessened amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Additionally, that same group also missed fewer matches related to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to come to the conclusion that chiropractic ought to be made an addition to sports training programs to dramatically decrease the amount of leg injuries.
If you or your child plays sports and you would like to ensure more time is spent on the field as opposed to on the bench, call our Charlotte, NC office at (980) 201-9484 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!