We see a several of sports injuries in our San Angelo office, and Dr. Pittman is usually able to assist these athletes. Stanford Childrens Hospital reports that over 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and below are hurt each year while playing sports. Add that to the close to 2 million adults hurt each year while engaged in sports-related activities, as reported by statistics collected by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can start to see the importance of minimizing these sorts of widespread injuries. One approach to possible realize that goal, as stated in a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in routine chiropractic care.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are commonplace, frequently sidelining the players and impacting their team's odds of winning. One specific study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see whether chiropractic adjustments could diminish these injuries and help keep them in the game.
For this study specifically, every one of the players was given medical treatment. In addition, half of them also engaged in chiropractic treatments at the rate of one session each week for the first six weeks, biweekly treatments for the next three months, and one session per month for the last three months of the study. The remaining participants had no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and were used as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
After 24 matches, scientists noticed a reduced amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had been given chiropractic care. Moreover, that very group also missed fewer matches connected to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to come to the conclusion that chiropractic ought to be added to sports training programs to dramatically decrease the number of leg injuries.
If you or your child are active in sports and you would like to ensure greater time is spent on the field versus on the sidelines, call our San Angelo office at (325) 223-9355 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!