We see a good deal of sports injuries in our North County, St. Louis, MO office, and Dr. Mark Holland is usually able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that more than 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and below are hurt each year when playing sports. Add that to the nearly 2 million adults hurt annually while taking part in sports-related activities, as reported by statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can begin to see the necessity of minimizing these types of widespread injuries. One approach to possible achieve that goal, as reported by a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in regular chiropractic care.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are commonplace, frequently sidelining the players and impacting their team's chance at securing a win. One specific study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic could reduce these injuries and help keep them in the game.
For this study in particular, all of the participants got medical treatment. In addition, half of them also were given chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 treatment per week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly sessions for the next three months, and one treatment per month for the remaining 3 months of the study. The remaining group had no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and acted as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic care.
Following 24 matches, scientists reported a diminished number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Furthermore, that very group also missed fewer matches related to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to come to the conclusion that chiropractic should be added to sports training programs to dramatically 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 as opposed to on the bench, call our North County, St. Louis, MO office at (314) 867-8888 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!