We see a good deal of sports injuries in our Harrisburg clinic, and Dr. Blake is usually able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that more than 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are injured each year while playing sports. Add that to the close to 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 necessity of preventing these sorts of common injuries. One way to possible achieve that goal, according to a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in routine chiropractic treatments.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are common, frequently sidelining the players and impacting their team's odds of securing a win. One specific study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see how well chiropractic could diminish these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study particularly, all of the volunteers received medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also were given chiropractic treatments at the rate of one session each week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly treatments for the next three months, and one session per month for the final three months of the study. The other half were given no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and were used as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic.
After twenty-four matches, scientists noticed a lessened amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Moreover, that very group also missed fewer matches related 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 reduce the number of leg injuries.
If you or your child are active in sports and you want to ensure more time is spent on the field as opposed to 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!