Research Shows Chiropractic Beneficial at Preventing Sports Injuries

We come across a large number of sports injuries in our Killeen, TX clinic, and Dr. Dorn is often able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that over 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and younger are hurt each year when playing sports. Add that to the nearly 2 million adults injured annually while taking part 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 minimizing these types of widespread injuries. One approach to potentially achieve that goal, according to a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive regular chiropractic treatments.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are common, frequently sidelining the players and affecting their team's likelihood of securing a win. One specific study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could diminish these injuries and help keep them in the game.

For this study specifically, all of the players received medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also engaged in chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 treatment per week for the first six weeks, biweekly sessions for the following three months, and one session per month for the last 3 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 adjustments.

Following 24 matches, scientists noted a reduced amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received 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 added to sports training programs to dramatically reduce the amount of leg injuries.

If you or your child plays sports and you would like to ensure more time is dedicated on the field as opposed to on the sidelines, call our Killeen, TX office at (254) 690-7090 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!

References

  • Hoskins, W, & Pollard, H. (2010, April 8). The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian Rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 11(64), doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-64
  • Misra, A. (2014, March 17). Common sports injuries: Incidence and average charges. Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Stanford Children’s Hospital. (n.d.). Sports injury statistics.
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