We encounter a good deal of sports injuries in our Port Coquitlam clinic, and Northside Chiropractic is often able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that more than 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are hurt each year while playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults injured every year while participating in sports-related activities, as reported by statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can begin to see the importance of minimizing these types of widespread injuries. One approach to possible realize that goal, as reported by 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 likelihood of winning. One specific 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 particularly, every one of the players received medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also were given chiropractic sessions at the rate of 1 treatment each week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly sessions for the next three months, and one session each month for the remaining three months of the study. The other participants were given no chiropractic intervention at all and were used as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
After 24 matches, researchers reported a diminished number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Additionally, 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 dramatically lessen the amount of leg injuries.
If you or your child plays sports and you want to ensure more time is dedicated on the field versus on the sidelines, call our Port Coquitlam office at (604) 941-4596 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!