We come across a lot of sports injuries in our Humble clinic, and Dr. Groneck is generally able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that more than 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and younger are hurt each year when playing sports. Add that to the nearly 2 million adults injured annually while participating in sports-related activities, as reported by statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the necessity of preventing these sorts of widespread injuries. One approach to possible realize that goal, according to a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive routine chiropractic treatments.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are commonplace, frequently sidelining the players and impacting their team's chance at winning. One specific study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them in the game.
For this study in particular, every one of the volunteers was given medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also received chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 treatment per week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly treatments for the following three months, and one session each month for the remaining 3 months of the study. The other half had no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and were used as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
After 24 matches, specialists noticed a lessened amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Additionally, that very group also missed fewer matches correlated to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be added 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 ensure more time is spent on the field versus on the sidelines, call our Humble office at (281) 540-7201 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!