We see a lot of sports injuries in our Anchorage office, and Mulholland Chiropractic Center, LLC is often able to help these athletes. Stanford Childrens Hospital reports that more than 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and below are hurt each year when playing sports. Add that to the close to 2 million adults injured 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 preventing these sorts of common injuries. One approach to possible realize that goal, according to a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in regular chiropractic treatments.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are commonplace, often sidelining the players and impacting their team's chance at winning. One specific study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic treatment could reduce these injuries and help keep them in the game.
For this study particularly, every one of the participants got medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also received chiropractic sessions at the rate of one session each week for the first six weeks, biweekly treatments for the next three months, and one session each month for the last three months of the study. The other participants were given no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and acted as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic.
After twenty-four matches, scientists noticed a reduced 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 ought to be made an addition to sports training programs to dramatically decrease the quantity of leg injuries.
If you or your child are active in sports and you want to ensure more time is dedicated on the field versus on the sidelines, call our Anchorage office at (907) 770-5700 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!