We encounter a large number 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 below are injured each year when playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults hurt every year while engaged in sports-related activities, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the importance of preventing these types of common injuries. One way to possible realize that goal, as stated in a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in routine chiropractic care.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are commonplace, frequently sidelining the players and impacting their team's likelihood of winning. One particular study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could reduce these injuries and help keep them in the game.
For this study specifically, every one of the volunteers was given medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also engaged in chiropractic sessions at the rate of one treatment per week for the first six weeks, biweekly treatments for the following three months, and one treatment per month for the final three months of the study. The other participants had no chiropractic intervention at all and were used as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
After twenty-four matches, specialists noted a lessened number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Moreover, that same 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 reduce the quantity of leg injuries.
If you or your child plays sports and you want to ensure more time is spent on the field versus on the sidelines, call our Nashville office at (615) 331-7040 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!