We come across a good deal of sports injuries in our Livermore clinic, and Haque Chiropractic Inc. is often able to help these athletes. Stanford Childrens Hospital states that over 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and younger are injured each year while playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults hurt each year while participating in sports-related activities, according to statistics collected 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 approach to potentially achieve that goal, as reported by a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive regular chiropractic treatments.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are commonplace, 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 whether chiropractic therapy could diminish these injuries and help keep them in the game.
For this study particularly, all of the volunteers was given medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also engaged in chiropractic treatments at the rate of one session per week for the first six weeks, biweekly sessions for the following three months, and one treatment a month for the remaining 3 months of the study. The remaining group had no chiropractic intervention at all and were used as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic care.
After twenty-four matches, researchers noted a lessened number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Furthermore, that same group also missed fewer matches related to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be made an addition to sports training programs to effectively lessen the quantity of leg injuries.
If you or your child are active in sports and you want to ensure greater time is dedicated on the field as opposed to on the bench, call our Livermore office at (925) 960-1960 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!