We come across a large number of sports injuries in our Nashville clinic, and Sweeney Chiropractic is generally able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that over 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and younger are injured each year when playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults injured each year while participating in sports-related activities, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can begin to see the importance of preventing these sorts of common injuries. One approach to possible realize that goal, as reported by a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive routine chiropractic treatments.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are common, frequently sidelining the players and impacting their team's chance at securing a win. One particular study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic could diminish these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study specifically, every one of the participants received medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also received chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 treatment per week for the first six weeks, biweekly treatments for the following three months, and one session per month for the final 3 months of the study. The remaining half were given no chiropractic intervention at all and acted as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
Following twenty-four matches, specialists noted a diminished amount 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 should be made an addition to sports training programs to dramatically decrease the quantity of leg injuries.
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 Nashville office at (615) 331-7040 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!