We encounter a large number of sports injuries in our Nashville office, and Sweeney Chiropractic is often able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that more than 3.5 million children aged 14 and below are injured each year when playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults hurt each 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 types of widespread injuries. One way to potentially achieve that goal, as reported by a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive routine chiropractic care.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are common, often sidelining the players and impacting their team's chance at winning. One specific study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic could diminish these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study particularly, every one of the players got medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also were given chiropractic sessions at the rate of one session each week for the first six weeks, biweekly sessions for the following three months, and one treatment a month for the final 3 months of the study. The other group were given no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and acted as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
Following 24 matches, specialists reported a diminished amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Moreover, that very group also missed fewer matches correlated to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic ought to 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 would like to make sure greater time is dedicated 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!