We see a several of sports injuries in our New York clinic, and Dr. Valente is generally able to help these athletes. Stanford Childrens Hospital states that over 3.5 million children aged 14 and below are hurt each year while playing sports. Add that to the close to 2 million adults injured annually while engaged 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 importance of minimizing these types of widespread injuries. One way to possible achieve that goal, according to a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in routine chiropractic treatments.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are common, frequently sidelining the players and impacting their team's likelihood of winning. One particular study was administered using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see if chiropractic therapy could lessen these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study particularly, all of the players was given medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also engaged in chiropractic sessions 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 last three months of the study. The remaining group had no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and acted as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic.
After twenty-four matches, specialists noted a reduced number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Moreover, that very group also missed fewer matches correlated to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to come to the conclusion that chiropractic should be added to sports training programs to effectively lessen the number of leg injuries.
If you or your child plays sports and you would like to ensure greater time is spent on the field versus on the bench, call our New York office at (917) 338-7917 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!