Studies Show Chiropractic Adjustments Effective at Preventing Sports Injuries

We see a lot of sports injuries in our Selden office, and Dr. BenEliyahu is generally able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states 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 injured every year while taking part 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 minimizing these types of widespread injuries. One way to possible achieve that goal, according to a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive regular chiropractic care.

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 administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could reduce these injuries and help keep them playing.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps in Treating Sports Injuries

For this study particularly, every one of the participants was given medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also were given chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 session each week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly treatments for the following three months, and one treatment per month for the remaining 3 months of the study. The other half were given no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and were used as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic.

After 24 matches, specialists noted a diminished number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Moreover, that same 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 dramatically decrease the quantity of leg injuries.

Dr. BenEliyahu Can Help Clients Find Comfort From Sports Injuries & Help You Recover Quicker

If you or your child are active in sports and you want to make sure more time is spent on the field as opposed to on the bench, call our Selden office at (631) 736-4414 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.
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