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Studies Show Chiropractic Effective at Preventing Sports Injuries

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Studies Show Chiropractic Effective at Preventing Sports Injuries

North County St. Louis, MO sports injury treatment and chiropracticWe come across a good deal of sports injuries in our North County St. Louis, MO clinic, and Dr. Holland is usually able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that over 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are hurt each year while playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults hurt annually while engaged in sports-related activities, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can begin to see the necessity of preventing these types of common injuries. One way to possible realize that goal, as stated in a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive routine chiropractic care.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are commonplace, frequently sidelining the players and affecting their team's likelihood of winning. One particular study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see how well chiropractic could diminish these injuries and help keep them playing.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps in Treating Sports Injuries

For this study in particular, all of the volunteers got medical treatment. In addition, half of them also received chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 treatment per week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly sessions for the following three months, and one treatment per month for the last 3 months of the study. The remaining participants were given no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and acted as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic.

Following 24 matches, specialists noticed a lessened number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Furthermore, that very group also missed fewer matches connected to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic ought to be added to sports training programs to dramatically decrease the quantity of leg injuries.

Dr. Holland Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Sports Injuries & Help You Recover Faster

If you or your child are active in sports and you want to ensure greater time is spent on the field versus on the sidelines, 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!

References

  • Hoskins, W, & Pollard, H. (2010, April 8). The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian Rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 11(64), doi:10.1186/1471-2474-11-64
  • Misra, A. (2014, March 17). Common sports injuries: Incidence and average charges. Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Stanford Children’s Hospital. (n.d.). Sports injury statistics.
September 27, 2021
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