We encounter a good deal of sports injuries in our Tulsa office, and Dr. Bogan is usually able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that more than 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and younger are hurt each year when playing sports. Add that to the nearly 2 million adults hurt each year while taking part 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 necessity of minimizing these sorts of common injuries. One approach to potentially achieve that goal, as reported by a study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to engage in routine chiropractic treatments.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg injuries are common, often 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 how well chiropractic could cut down on these injuries and help keep them in the game.
For this study specifically, every one of the volunteers received medical treatment. Additionally, half of them also received chiropractic treatments at the rate of 1 treatment each week for the first six weeks, biweekly sessions for the following three months, and one session a month for the last three months of the study. The other participants had no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and were used as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic.
After twenty-four matches, researchers noticed a diminished amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Moreover, that very group also missed fewer matches related to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be added to sports training programs to dramatically lessen the number of leg injuries.
If you or your child plays sports and you would like to ensure more time is spent on the field versus on the bench, call our Tulsa office at (918) 832-7880 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!