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Research Shows Chiropractic Care Beneficial at Preventing Sports Injuries

Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota sports injury treatment and chiropracticWe see a lot of sports injuries in our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota clinic, and Robert C Slater, DC is generally able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that over 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and younger are hurt each year when playing sports. Add that to the close to 2 million adults injured annually while taking part 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 necessity of minimizing these types of widespread injuries. One approach to possible realize that goal, as stated in a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in regular chiropractic care.

In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are common, often sidelining the players and affecting their team's likelihood of winning. One specific study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could reduce these injuries and help keep them in the game.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps in Treating Sports Injuries

For this study particularly, every one of the participants got medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also were given chiropractic treatments at the rate of one treatment each week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly sessions for the following three months, and one session a month for the last three months of the study. The remaining group had no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and were used as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic care.

Following 24 matches, specialists reported a diminished amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Additionally, that same group also missed fewer matches related to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic ought to be added to sports training programs to effectively lessen the number of leg injuries.

Robert C Slater, DC Can Help People Find Comfort From Sports Injuries & Help You Recover Faster

If you or your child are active in sports and you would like to ensure more time is dedicated on the field versus on the bench, call our Highland Park, Saint Paul, Minnesota office at (651) 699-3366 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.
July 01, 2019
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