We see a good deal of sports injuries in our Lancaster, OH clinic, and Dr. Maynard is often able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that over 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and younger are injured each year when playing sports. Add that to the close to 2 million adults hurt annually while participating 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 importance of minimizing these sorts of widespread injuries. One approach to potentially achieve that goal, as reported by a study published 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 particular study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them in the game.
For this study specifically, all of the players received medical treatment. In addition, half of them also engaged in chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 treatment per week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly treatments for the following three months, and one treatment per month for the remaining three months of the study. The other participants were given no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and were used as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic.
Following twenty-four matches, specialists reported a diminished amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Additionally, that very group also missed fewer matches related to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to come to the conclusion that chiropractic ought to be added to sports training programs to dramatically lessen the quantity of leg injuries.
If you or your child plays sports and you would like to ensure more time is dedicated on the field versus on the sidelines, call our Lancaster, OH office at (740) 687-0100 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!
- 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.