We come across a lot of sports injuries in our West Palm Beach office, and Dr. Dennis is usually able to assist these athletes. Stanford Childrens Hospital reports that over 3.5 million children aged 14 and below are hurt each year while playing sports. Add that to the close to 2 million adults hurt every year while participating in sports-related activities, as reported by statistics collected 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 potentially realize that goal, according to a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in routine chiropractic treatments.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are commonplace, frequently sidelining the players and impacting their team's likelihood of winning. One specific study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see how well chiropractic therapy could lessen these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study in particular, every one of the volunteers was given medical treatment. Furthermore, 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 next three months, and one session per 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.
After twenty-four matches, researchers noticed a lessened amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Furthermore, that very group also missed fewer matches connected to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic ought to be added to sports training programs to effectively decrease the amount of leg injuries.
If you or your child are active in sports and you would like to make sure more time is dedicated on the field versus on the bench, call our West Palm Beach office at (561) 966-6171 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!