Research Shows Chiropractic Effective at Preventing Sports Injuries

Redondo Beach sports injury treatment and chiropracticWe see a good deal of sports injuries in our Redondo Beach office, and Dr. Vinick is generally able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that over 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are hurt each year while playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults hurt annually while participating in sports-related activities, according to statistics collected by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the necessity of minimizing these sorts of widespread injuries. One way to potentially realize that goal, as stated in a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in routine chiropractic treatments.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are commonplace, often sidelining the players and affecting their team's odds of winning. One particular study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could diminish these injuries and help keep them playing.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps in Treating Sports Injuries

For this study particularly, every one of the volunteers received medical treatment. In addition, half of them also received chiropractic sessions at the rate of one treatment each week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly treatments for the following three months, and one session each month for the final three months of the study. The remaining participants were given no chiropractic intervention at all and acted as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic care.

Following twenty-four matches, scientists noted a diminished number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Moreover, that same group also missed fewer matches connected to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to come to the conclusion that chiropractic ought to be made an addition to sports training programs to dramatically decrease the amount of leg injuries.

Dr. Vinick Can Help People Find Comfort From Sports Injuries & Help You Recover Quicker

If you or your child plays sports and you would like to ensure greater time is dedicated on the field versus on the bench, call our Redondo Beach office at (310) 375-4325 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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