We come across a large number of sports injuries in our Pinole clinic, and Dr. Jung is often able to help these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital reports that over 3.5 million children aged 14 and younger are hurt each year when playing sports. Add that to the close to 2 million adults hurt every 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 importance of minimizing these types of common injuries. One way to potentially achieve that goal, as stated in a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in regular chiropractic care.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are commonplace, frequently sidelining the players and affecting their team's likelihood of securing a win. One particular study was conducted using 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers to see how well chiropractic could reduce these injuries and help keep them playing.
For this study specifically, all of the participants got medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also received chiropractic sessions at the rate of 1 session each week for the first six weeks, biweekly sessions for the next three months, and one session per month for the final three months of the study. The other participants had no chiropractic intervention at all and acted as the control group to assess the benefits of chiropractic.
After 24 matches, researchers noticed a diminished number of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Moreover, 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 dramatically lessen the number of leg injuries.
If you or your child plays sports and you would like to make sure more time is dedicated on the field as opposed to on the sidelines, call our Pinole office at (510) 243-7500 and schedule an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!