When playing sports that demand a lot of lower body movement, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's not at all uncommon to suffer some type of injury to your hips or legs. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, and more, many athletes have found themselves out of commission. Dr. Slater has seen all of these issues in our Saint Paul patients. The good news is, chiropractic care can help prevent some of these injuries from occurring and research proves it.
Dr. Slater keeps up-to-date with all of the latest scientific research, and in a report published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, researchers from Macquarie University in Australia studied 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers. Roughly one-half were placed in a control group and the others were put in a treatment group that received sports chiropractic therapy at regular intervals. During the first six weeks, this meant getting care once every week. The following three months consisted of an adjustment every two weeks before decreasing those to one visit monthly for the final three months of the study.
Researchers noted that there was a "significant" decrease in the number of leg strains the players received in the treatment group when compared to the control. In addition, they observed that the subjects who engaged in chiropractic treatment also had less weeks of missed practice and games as a result of non-contact knee injuries. This led them to conclude that sports chiropractic treatment should be added to "the current best practice management."
Every major sports organization in the United States and the US Olympic Team has chiropractors on staff for their players, because they know that chiropractic treatment really works. If you live near our practice in Saint Paul and would like to see if Dr. Slater can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (651) 699-3366 for an appointment.
If you're suffering from severe issues, Dr. Slater and our staff are here to help you get relief. Give our Saint Paul office a call today at (651) 699-3366 for an appointment.
Hoskins W, Pollard H. The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back problems, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11(64).