We come across a large number of sports injuries in our Oakleigh office, and North Road Chiropractic is usually able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that over 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and below are hurt each year while playing sports. Add that to the close to 2 million adults injured annually while engaged in sports-related activities, as reported by statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the importance of preventing these sorts of widespread injuries. One approach to potentially achieve that goal, as stated in 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 affecting their team's likelihood of securing a win. One particular study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic could reduce these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study specifically, all of the participants got medical treatment. In addition, half of them also engaged in chiropractic treatments at the rate of one session each week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly treatments for the following three months, and one session per month for the last three months of the study. The other group had no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and were used as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
Following twenty-four matches, specialists reported a reduced amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Additionally, that very group also missed fewer matches correlated to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic ought to be added to sports training programs to dramatically decrease the quantity of leg injuries.
If you or your child plays sports and you want to ensure more time is dedicated on the field as opposed to on the sidelines, call our Oakleigh office at (03) 9579 2699 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!