We see a lot of sports injuries in our Lenexa clinic, and Dr. Isom is usually able to assist these athletes. Stanford Childrens Hospital states that over 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 injured every year while engaged in sports-related activities, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the importance of preventing these types of common injuries. One approach to possible achieve that goal, as stated in a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive regular chiropractic care.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are common, frequently sidelining the players and impacting their team's chance at winning. One particular study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic therapy could reduce these injuries and help keep them in the game.
For this study in particular, every one of the participants got medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also received chiropractic sessions at the rate of one session per week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly treatments for the next three months, and one treatment each month for the final three months of the study. The remaining group were given no chiropractic intervention at all and acted as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
After 24 matches, scientists noted a diminished amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given 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 reduce 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 as opposed to on the sidelines, call our Lenexa office at (913) 735-9565 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!