We encounter a lot of sports injuries in our Anchorage office, and Dr. Matthisen is usually able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that more than 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and younger are injured each year when playing sports. Add that to the almost 2 million adults hurt each year while engaged 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 necessity of minimizing these sorts of common injuries. One way to possible achieve that goal, according to a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in regular chiropractic treatments.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are common, frequently sidelining the players and impacting their team's chance at winning. One particular study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic could diminish these injuries and help keep them in the game.
For this study in particular, all of the participants was given medical treatment. In addition, half of them also were given chiropractic sessions at the rate of 1 session per week for the first 6 weeks, biweekly treatments for the following three months, and one treatment per month for the remaining 3 months of the study. The remaining half were given no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and acted as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
Following 24 matches, specialists noticed a diminished number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Additionally, that same group also missed fewer matches connected to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to come to the conclusion that chiropractic should be made an addition to sports training programs to effectively reduce the number of leg injuries.
If you or your child are active in sports and you want to ensure more time is spent on the field versus on the bench, call our Anchorage office at (907) 349-4212 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!