We see a lot of sports injuries in our West New York clinic, and Dr. Marsh is generally able to assist these athletes. Stanford Children’s Hospital states that over 3.5 million children of the ages 14 and below are injured each year while playing sports. Add that to the close to 2 million adults hurt annually while engaged in sports-related activities, as reported by statistics collected by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and you can begin to see the importance of preventing these sorts of common injuries. One approach to possible achieve that goal, as stated in a study released in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, is to receive routine osteopathic treatments and or chiropractic treatments.
In Australian Rules football, hamstring and other leg traumas are common, often sidelining the players and impacting their team's odds of winning. One specific 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 players received medical treatment. Furthermore, half of them also were given chiropractic sessions at the rate of 1 treatment each week for the first six weeks, biweekly treatments for the next three months, and one treatment each month for the last 3 months of the study. The remaining half were given no chiropractic intervention whatsoever and acted as the control group to determine the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
After twenty-four matches, researchers noted a lessened amount of lower limb muscle strains in the group that had received chiropractic care. Furthermore, that very group also missed fewer matches related to non-contact knee injuries. This lead the researchers to conclude that chiropractic should be made an addition to sports training programs to effectively decrease the number of leg injuries.
If you or your child are active in sports and you would like to make sure more time is dedicated on the field versus on the sidelines, call our West New York office at (201) 869-0830 and make an appointment today. We will do our best to keep you in the game!