We encounter a lot of sports injuries in our Oakleigh clinic, and North Road Chiropractic is generally able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that more than 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are injured each year while playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults injured each year while participating in sports-related activities, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can begin to see the importance of minimizing these types of widespread injuries. One approach to potentially achieve that goal, according to a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in routine chiropractic treatments.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are commonplace, often sidelining the players and impacting their team's odds of securing a win. One specific study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study particularly, all of the participants was given medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also were given chiropractic treatments at the rate of one treatment each week for the first six weeks, biweekly sessions for the next three months, and one session each month for the remaining three months of the study. The remaining group had no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and were used as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
After 24 matches, researchers noticed a diminished amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Furthermore, that same group also missed fewer matches related to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic ought to be added to sports training programs to effectively reduce the amount of leg injuries.
If you or your child are active in sports and you would like to ensure greater time is dedicated on the field as opposed to on the bench, call our Oakleigh office at (03) 9579 2699 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!