We come across a many of sports injuries in our Stacy clinic, and Dr. Ulvin is generally able to assist these athletes. Stanford Childrens Hospital states that more than 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and below are injured each year while playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults hurt each year while participating 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 minimizing these sorts of widespread injuries. One way to possible achieve that goal, as stated in a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive routine chiropractic treatments.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are common, frequently sidelining the players and impacting their team's chance at securing a win. One specific study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic care could reduce these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study specifically, all of the players was given medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also were given chiropractic sessions at the rate of 1 treatment each week for the first six weeks, biweekly treatments for the following three months, and one session each month for the last three months of the study. The other group had no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and acted as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic.
After 24 matches, researchers noticed a reduced number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Moreover, that same group also missed fewer matches correlated to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be made an addition to sports training programs to effectively diminish the quantity 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 bench, call our Stacy office at (651) 462-3243 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!