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Chiropractic Care Can Help Prevent Some Sports Injuries

by Dr. Pete Ahlers-Nelson, D.C., Blog, No Comments

Jun 2

Are you an athlete?

If so, stay tuned…

Not an athlete but still quite physically active?

You’ll also want to stay tuned.

Do a little yoga or cycling?

Yeah, this article can help you, too.

Here’s the thing: Any athlete—or anyone actively participating in a sport or workout program—understands there’s always a risk of injury.


Those of us that have competed at the very top level of our sport, on “the world’s stage,” dread physical injury, as it renders all that work, all that time, all those hopes and dreams, utterly meaningless.

Those of us that participate in less intense environments fear injury for it often causes separation from our valued social circle.

And the concern with those of us that simply “exercise” once in awhile is that an injury will disrupt our routine and cause us fitness gains.

Chiropractic Care Can Prevent Some Sports Injuries

Well, an intriguing study—one seemingly lost in the viscera of online media since 2009—finds that chiropractic care can indeed prevent sport injury.

Researchers from Australia’s Macquarie University set out to investigate the preventative effect chiropractic care might have on back, hamstring, and lower limb injuries in semi-elite athletes.

The team observed 59 male Australian Rules football players, who were chosen to participate according to specific injury requirements. The researchers established an intervention group of 28 men, along with a control group of 29 men. Both groups received the current best practice medical and sports science management.

However, the intervention group also received sports chiropractic intervention. Treatment for members of this group was established on an individual basis, including manipulation and/or mobilization, as well as soft tissue therapies to the spine and extremity.

The trial consisted of one treatment per week for six weeks, one treatment every two weeks for the next three months, and one treatment per month for the remainder of the season (three months).

The Findings

What the Australian scientists found is that the intervention group—the one receiving chiropractic care—enjoyed a trend toward lower limb injury prevention, including a significant reduction in muscles strains and weeks missed because of non-contact knee injuries.

In Summary

What’s this mean for you?

According to the research, if you’re a semi-elite athlete chiropractic care can aid you in the prevention of lower limb injuries.

In fact, the research suggests that chiropractic care may aid anyone participating in sport or exercise with lower body injury prevention.

So, find time to fit in the chiropractic care between games, practices, and or injuries.

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