We come across a large number of sports injuries in our Redondo Beach office, and Dr. Vinick is often able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that over 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and below are injured each year while playing sports. Add that to the nearly 2 million adults injured annually while participating in sports-related activities, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can begin to see the importance of preventing these types of widespread injuries. One approach to possible achieve 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, frequently sidelining the players and affecting their team's likelihood of winning. One specific study was conducted 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, every one of the volunteers was given medical treatment. In addition, half of them also engaged in chiropractic sessions at the rate of 1 treatment per week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly treatments for the next three months, and one session per month for the final three months of the study. The other group were given no chiropractic intervention at all and acted as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic.
After 24 matches, specialists reported a reduced amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received 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 should be made an addition to sports training programs to dramatically reduce the number of leg injuries.
If you or your child are active in sports and you want 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!