We encounter a good deal of sports injuries in our Boardman, OH clinic, and Dr. Denise Carradine is usually able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that over 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are injured each year when playing sports. Add that to the nearly 2 million adults hurt each year while engaged in sports-related activities, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the necessity of minimizing these sorts of widespread injuries. One way to potentially realize that goal, as reported by a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in routine chiropractic care.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are commonplace, 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 whether chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them in the game.
For this study specifically, every one of the players was given medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also were given chiropractic sessions at the rate of one treatment per week for the first six weeks, biweekly sessions for the next three months, and one treatment 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 care.
Following 24 matches, specialists noticed a lessened number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Furthermore, that very group also missed fewer matches related 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 effectively lessen the amount of leg injuries.
If you or your child are active in sports and you want to make sure greater time is dedicated on the field as opposed to on the bench, call our Boardman, OH office at (330) 758-4446 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!