We see a good deal of sports injuries in our Depew clinic, and Dr. Palmer is usually able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that over 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are injured each year while playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults injured annually while engaged 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 common injuries. One way to potentially realize that goal, as reported by a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in regular chiropractic treatments.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are common, frequently sidelining the players and impacting their team's odds of winning. One particular study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could diminish these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study particularly, all of the volunteers was given medical treatment. In addition, half of them also were given chiropractic sessions at the rate of 1 session per week for the first six weeks, biweekly sessions for the following three months, and one session per month for the last 3 months of the study. The other half were given no chiropractic intervention at all and acted as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
Following twenty-four matches, specialists noted 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 connected to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic ought to be made an addition to sports training programs to effectively lessen the amount of leg injuries.
If you or your child are active in sports and you want to make sure greater time is spent on the field as opposed to on the sidelines, call our Depew office at (716) 668-2225 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!