Studies Show Chiropractic Adjustments Effective at Preventing Sports Injuries
We come across a large number of sports injuries in our Parkland, FL clinic, and Dr. Scharf is generally able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that over 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and below are hurt each year when playing sports. Add that to the close to 2 million adults hurt annually while taking part in sports-related activities, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the necessity of preventing these sorts of common injuries. One way to potentially realize that goal, as reported by a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive routine chiropractic treatments.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are commonplace, frequently sidelining the players and impacting their team's chance at winning. One specific study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see how well chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them playing.
Research Proves Chiropractic Helps in Treating Sports Injuries
For this study particularly, every one of the participants was given medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also were given chiropractic sessions at the rate of one session per week for the first six weeks, biweekly treatments for the following three months, and one treatment each month for the final 3 months of the study. The other half had no chiropractic intervention at all and were used as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic care.
After 24 matches, scientists reported a diminished amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received 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 dramatically lessen the amount of leg injuries.
Dr. Scharf Can Help Patients Find Relief From Sports Injuries & Help You Recover Faster
If you or your child are active in sports and you would like to make sure more time is dedicated on the field versus on the bench, call our Parkland, FL office at (954) 227-0088 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!
- Hoskins, W, & Pollard, H. (2010, April 8). The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian Rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 11(64), doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-64
- Misra, A. (2014, March 17). Common sports injuries: Incidence and average charges. Department of Health & Human Services.
- Stanford Children’s Hospital. (n.d.). Sports injury statistics.