When doing sports that demand a lot of lower body movement, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's common to suffer some type of injury to your hips or legs. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, and more, many players have found themselves out of commission. Dr. Harrell has seen all of these concerns in our Tumwater patients. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help prevent some of these injuries from happening and research proves it.
Dr. Harrell keeps current with all of the latest scientific research, and in a report published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, researchers from Macquarie University in Australia studied 59 semi-elite Australian Rules footballers. Roughly one-half were placed in a control group and the other half were put in a treatment group that received sports chiropractic care at regular intervals. During the first six weeks, this meant receiving care once every week. The following three months consisted of an adjustment every two weeks before decreasing those to one visit monthly for the final three months of the study.
The authors noted that there was a "significant" decrease in the number of lower limb strains the players received in the treatment group when compared to the control. In addition, they noticed that the subjects who received chiropractic adjustments also had less weeks of missed practice and games as a result of non-contact knee injuries. This led them to conclude that sports chiropractic treatment should be added to "the current best practice management."
Every major sports team in the United States and the US Olympic Team has chiropractors on staff for their players, because they know that chiropractic care works. If you live near our clinic in Tumwater and would like to see if Dr. Harrell can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (360) 489-0635 for an appointment.
If you're troubled with severe pain, Dr. Harrell and our staff are here to help you get relief. Give our Tumwater office a call today at (360) 489-0635 for an appointment.
Hoskins W, Pollard H. The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back issues, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11(64).