We come across a lot of sports injuries in our State College, PA office, and Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes is often able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that more than 3.5 million children aged 14 and below are injured each year while playing sports. Add that to the close to 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 begin to see the importance of preventing these sorts of common injuries. One way to potentially achieve 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 common, frequently sidelining the players and affecting their team's likelihood of winning. One specific study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study in particular, every one of the volunteers was given medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also engaged in chiropractic sessions at the rate of 1 treatment each week for the first six weeks, biweekly sessions for the following three months, and one treatment each month for the remaining 3 months of the study. The other half had no chiropractic intervention at all and acted as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
After 24 matches, researchers reported a lessened number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Furthermore, that same group also missed fewer matches related to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be added to sports training programs to effectively lessen the quantity 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 State College, PA office at (814) 308-9352 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!