We see a several of sports injuries in our Depew clinic, and Dr. Palmer is generally able to help these athletes. Stanford Childrens Hospital states that more than 3.5 million children aged 14 and below are injured each year when playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults injured annually while participating 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 necessity of preventing these types of common injuries. One approach to potentially realize that goal, as reported by a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive regular chiropractic care.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are common, frequently sidelining the players and affecting their team's odds of securing a win. One particular study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic adjustments could diminish these injuries and help keep them in the game.
For this study specifically, every one of the participants received medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also engaged in chiropractic sessions at the rate of one session each week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly treatments for the next three months, and one treatment a month for the remaining 3 months of the study. The other group were given no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and acted as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
After 24 matches, scientists 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 connected to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be made an addition to sports training programs to effectively lessen the amount of leg injuries.
If you or your child plays sports and you would like to make sure more 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!