We encounter a lot of sports injuries in our Noblesville clinic, and Dr. Dahlager 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 hurt each year when playing sports. Add that to the close to 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 preventing these types of common injuries. One way to possible realize that goal, according to a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in routine chiropractic care.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are common, often sidelining the players and affecting their team's odds of securing a win. One specific study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study specifically, every one of the participants was given medical treatment. In addition, half of them also were given chiropractic sessions at the rate of one treatment each week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly treatments for the next three months, and one session a month for the last 3 months of the study. The remaining participants were given no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and acted as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic care.
Following 24 matches, researchers reported a lessened number 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 should be made an addition to sports training programs to effectively decrease the number of leg injuries.
If you or your child are active in sports and you would like to make sure greater time is spent on the field versus on the sidelines, call our Noblesville office at (317) 214-7218 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!