We see a good deal of sports injuries in our Harrisburg office, and Dr. Blake is generally able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that more than 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and younger are injured each year while playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults injured each year while engaged in sports-related activities, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can begin to see the importance of preventing these types of common injuries. One approach to possible achieve that goal, according to a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive regular chiropractic care.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are common, often sidelining the players and impacting their team's odds of winning. One specific study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could reduce these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study particularly, every one of the players was given medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also engaged in chiropractic treatments at the rate of one treatment each week for the first six weeks, biweekly treatments for the following three months, and one session per month for the last three months of the study. The other half were given no chiropractic intervention at all and were used as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic.
Following 24 matches, scientists noted a lessened number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Additionally, 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 dramatically decrease the amount of leg injuries.
If you or your child plays sports and you want to make sure greater time is spent 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!