We encounter a large number of sports injuries in our Harrisburg office, and Dr. Blake is usually able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that over 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and below are hurt each year when playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults hurt every year while engaged 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 preventing these sorts of widespread injuries. One approach to potentially realize that goal, as reported by a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive routine chiropractic care.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are commonplace, often sidelining the players and affecting their team's odds of securing a win. One specific study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study specifically, every one of the volunteers received medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also were given chiropractic sessions at the rate of 1 treatment each week for the first six weeks, biweekly treatments for the following three months, and one session a month for the remaining three 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.
After 24 matches, specialists noted a diminished amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Additionally, that same group also missed fewer matches correlated to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to come to the conclusion that chiropractic should be made an addition to sports training programs to dramatically lessen the quantity of leg injuries.
If you or your child plays sports and you would like to ensure greater time is spent on the field versus on the sidelines, call our Harrisburg office at (717) 657-2561 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!