We see a large number of sports injuries in our Noblesville clinic, and Dr. Dahlager is usually able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that more than 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are injured each year when playing sports. Add that to the close to 2 million adults injured each year while engaged in sports-related activities, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can begin to see the necessity of preventing these types of common injuries. One approach to possible achieve that goal, according to a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive routine chiropractic care.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are common, often sidelining the players and impacting their team's odds of securing a win. One particular study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see how well chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study in particular, every one of the participants was given medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also were given chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 treatment each week for the first six weeks, biweekly sessions for the following three months, and one session a month for the last three months of the study. The other participants had no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and acted as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
After 24 matches, specialists reported a lessened number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Furthermore, that same group also missed fewer matches related to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be added to sports training programs to dramatically lessen the number of leg injuries.
If you or your child are active in sports and you would like to make sure greater time is dedicated on the field versus on the bench, call our Noblesville office at (317) 214-7218 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!