We come across a good deal of sports injuries in our Prescott office, and Weary Chiropractic Clinic is generally able to assist these athletes. Stanford Childrens Hospital reports that over 3.5 million children aged 14 and below are injured each year while playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults hurt annually while taking part 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 preventing these types of widespread injuries. One approach to possible achieve that goal, as stated in a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive routine chiropractic treatments.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are commonplace, often sidelining the players and affecting their team's chance at winning. One specific study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic adjustments could lessen these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study in particular, all of the volunteers received medical treatment. In addition, half of them also received chiropractic treatments at the rate of one session per week for the first six weeks, biweekly sessions for the next three months, and one treatment a month for the remaining three months of the study. The remaining half had no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and were used as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
Following 24 matches, researchers reported a reduced number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Furthermore, that very 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 are active in sports and you would like to make sure more time is spent on the field versus on the sidelines, call our Prescott office at (928) 778-2227 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!