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Research Shows Chiropractic Adjustments Effective at Preventing Sports Injuries

We come across a lot of sports injuries in our Downtown St. Louis, MO clinic, and Dr. Holland is usually able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that more than 3.5 million children aged 14 and below are hurt each year while playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults hurt 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 begin to see the importance of minimizing these sorts of common injuries. One way to potentially realize that goal, as reported by 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 impacting their team's odds of securing a win. One particular study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could reduce these injuries and help keep them playing.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps in Treating Sports Injuries

For this study in particular, all of the players was given medical treatment. In addition, half of them also were given chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 session per week for the first six weeks, biweekly sessions for the next three months, and one treatment a month for the last 3 months of the study. The remaining group had no chiropractic intervention at all and were used as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic.

Following 24 matches, specialists noted a reduced number 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 should be added to sports training programs to dramatically decrease the number of leg injuries.

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

If you or your child are active in sports and you would like to make sure more time is dedicated 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.