We deal with a large number of sports injuries in our Alexandria clinic, and Dr. Wagner is generally able to help these athletes. Stanford Childrens Hospital reports that more than 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and younger are injured each year while playing sports. Add that to the nearly 2 million adults injured each 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 importance of preventing these sorts of widespread injuries. One way to possible realize that goal, according to a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive regular chiropractic treatments.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are commonplace, frequently sidelining the players and impacting their team's odds of winning. One specific study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic care could lessen these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study particularly, every one of the players got medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also were given chiropractic treatments at the rate of one session each week for the first six weeks, biweekly treatments for the next three months, and one session per month for the final three months of the study. The remaining participants had no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and acted as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic care.
Following twenty-four matches, scientists noted a reduced amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Moreover, that very group also missed fewer matches correlated to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to come to the conclusion that chiropractic should be added to sports training programs to dramatically diminish the amount of leg injuries.
If you or your child are active in sports and you would like to make sure more time is spent on the field as opposed to on the sidelines, call our Alexandria office at (859) 448-0056 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!