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 over 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and below are hurt each year while playing sports. Add that to the close to 2 million adults hurt every year while engaged 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 preventing these types of widespread injuries. One approach to possible 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 injuries are common, 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 diminish these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study in particular, all of the participants received medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also engaged in chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 treatment each week for the first six weeks, biweekly sessions for the next three months, and one session a month for the remaining 3 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.
Following twenty-four matches, specialists reported a reduced number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Moreover, that same group also missed fewer matches related 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 lessen the quantity of leg injuries.
If you or your child plays sports and you want to make sure greater time is spent on the field versus 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!