Research Shows Chiropractic Beneficial at Preventing Sports Injuries
We see a good deal 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 over 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are injured each year when playing sports. Add that to the close to 2 million adults injured each year 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 importance of minimizing these sorts of widespread injuries. One approach to potentially realize that goal, as reported by a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive regular chiropractic care.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are commonplace, often sidelining the players and impacting their team's likelihood of securing a win. One particular study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them in the game.
Research Supports Chiropractic Helps in Treating Sports Injuries
For this study in particular, all of the participants was given medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also were given chiropractic treatments at the rate of one treatment per week for the first six weeks, biweekly treatments for the following three months, and one session each month for the last 3 months of the study. The remaining participants were given no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and acted as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic care.
Following twenty-four matches, scientists 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 connected to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be added to sports training programs to dramatically decrease the quantity of leg injuries.
Drs. Matt & Annie Reyes Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Sports Injuries & Help You Recover Faster
If you or your child are active in sports and you would like to ensure more time is dedicated on the field as opposed to on the sidelines, call our State College, PA office at (814) 308-9352 and make 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.