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Research Shows Chiropractic Effective at Preventing Sports Injuries

Downtown St. Louis, MO sports injury treatment and chiropracticWe see a good deal of sports injuries in our Downtown St. Louis, MO clinic, and Dr. Holland is generally able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that more than 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 participating 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 common injuries. One way to possible achieve that goal, as stated in a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive regular chiropractic care.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are commonplace, often sidelining the players and affecting their team's odds of winning. One particular study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see how well chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them playing.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps in Treating Sports Injuries

For this study in particular, every one of the participants got medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also were given chiropractic treatments at the rate of one treatment per week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly sessions for the next three months, and one treatment each month for the final three months of the study. The remaining group were given no chiropractic intervention at all and were used as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic.

After twenty-four matches, researchers noted a reduced 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 conclude that chiropractic ought to be made an addition to sports training programs to effectively decrease the number of leg injuries.

Dr. Holland Can Help People Find Comfort From Sports Injuries & Help You Recover Faster

If you or your child are active in sports and you would like to ensure more time is spent on the field as opposed to on the bench, call our Downtown St. Louis, MO office at (314) 588-9100 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.