We come across a good deal of sports injuries in our Salem, OR office, and Dr. Robertson is usually able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that over 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are injured each year while playing sports. Add that to the nearly 2 million adults hurt 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 necessity of minimizing these types of widespread injuries. One way to possible realize that goal, according to a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in regular chiropractic treatments.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are commonplace, frequently sidelining the players and affecting their team's chance at winning. One particular study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could reduce these injuries and help keep them playing.
Research Shows Chiropractic Helps in Treating Sports Injuries
For this study in particular, all of the players got medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also were given chiropractic sessions at the rate of 1 session each week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly sessions for the next three months, and one treatment a month for the final three months of the study. The other participants were given no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and were used as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic.
Following twenty-four matches, specialists noted a reduced number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Additionally, that very group also missed fewer matches connected to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to come to the conclusion that chiropractic should be added to sports training programs to effectively lessen the number of leg injuries.
Dr. Robertson Can Help People Find Comfort From Sports Injuries & Help You Recover Quicker
If you or your child plays sports and you would like to ensure greater time is spent on the field versus on the bench, call our Salem, OR office at (503) 399-7607 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.