We come across a lot of sports injuries in our Jacksonville clinic, and Chanatry Chiropractic is usually able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that over 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are injured each year while playing sports. Add that to the close to 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 necessity of minimizing these types of common injuries. One way to potentially achieve that goal, as stated in a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in regular chiropractic care.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are common, often sidelining the players and impacting their team's likelihood of winning. One specific study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see how well chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study in particular, all of the volunteers received medical treatment. In addition, half of them also were given chiropractic treatments at the rate of one session per week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly sessions for the next three months, and one session a month for the final three months of the study. The remaining half were given no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and acted as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic.
Following twenty-four matches, scientists reported a reduced amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Additionally, that same group also missed fewer matches connected 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 effectively reduce the number of leg injuries.
If you or your child are active in sports and you would like to make sure more time is spent on the field as opposed to on the sidelines, call our Jacksonville office at (904) 743-6700 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!