Studies Show Chiropractic Adjustments Beneficial at Preventing Sports Injuries

Yakima, WA sports injury treatment and chiropracticWe encounter a large number of sports injuries in our Yakima, WA office, and Dr. Bill Kroner is usually 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 nearly 2 million adults hurt every year while taking part in sports-related activities, as reported by statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the importance of minimizing these sorts of widespread injuries. One way to possible achieve that goal, as reported by a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in routine chiropractic care.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are common, often sidelining the players and impacting their team's likelihood of securing a win. One specific study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them in the game.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps in Treating Sports Injuries

For this study in particular, all of the players got medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also engaged in chiropractic sessions at the rate of one session per week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly sessions for the next three months, and one session each month for the final three months of the study. The other half were given no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and acted as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.

After twenty-four matches, specialists noticed a reduced number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Additionally, that very group also missed fewer matches correlated to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be added to sports training programs to effectively reduce the number of leg injuries.

Dr. Bill Kroner 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 ensure more time is spent on the field as opposed to on the sidelines, call our Yakima, WA office at (509) 972-4000 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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