We encounter a lot of sports injuries in our Nashville clinic, and Sweeney Chiropractic is generally able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that more than 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and younger are injured each year when playing sports. Add that to the close to 2 million adults injured every year while participating in sports-related activities, according to statistics collected by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the necessity of preventing these sorts of widespread injuries. One approach to potentially realize that goal, according to a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in regular chiropractic treatments.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are common, often sidelining the players and impacting their team's odds of winning. One particular study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic could reduce these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study specifically, all of the participants received medical treatment. In addition, half of them also engaged in chiropractic treatments at the rate of one session each week for the first six weeks, biweekly treatments for the next three months, and one treatment a month for the last three months of the study. The remaining participants were given no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and were used as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
Following 24 matches, specialists noted a reduced amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Additionally, that very group also missed fewer matches correlated to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be made an addition to sports training programs to effectively decrease the amount of leg injuries.
If you or your child plays sports and you want to ensure more time is spent on the field as opposed to on the bench, call our Nashville office at (615) 331-7040 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!