We encounter a large number of sports injuries in our Harrisburg office, and Blake Chiropractic & Rehabilitation is generally 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 when playing sports. Add that to the nearly 2 million adults injured every year while participating in sports-related activities, according to statistics compiled 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 way to potentially achieve that goal, as stated in a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive routine chiropractic treatments.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are commonplace, often sidelining the players and affecting their team's likelihood of securing a win. One particular study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see how well chiropractic could diminish these injuries and help keep them in the game.
For this study in particular, every one of the volunteers received medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also received chiropractic sessions at the rate of one treatment each week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly treatments for the following three months, and one treatment a month for the last three months of the study. The remaining group were given no chiropractic intervention at all and acted as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
Following 24 matches, specialists noticed a reduced number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Moreover, that very group also missed fewer matches correlated to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to come to the conclusion that chiropractic ought to be made an addition to sports training programs to effectively lessen the number of leg injuries.
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 Harrisburg office at (717) 657-2561 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!