When doing activities that require a lot of lower body movement, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's not uncommon to sustain some type of injury to your hips or legs. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, and more, many athletes have found themselves out of commission. Dr. Zapf has seen all of these concerns in our Fairfax patients. Fortunately, chiropractic can help prevent some of these injuries from occurring and research proves it.
Dr. Zapf keeps current with all of the recent scientific research, and in a study 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 adjustments at regular intervals. During the first six weeks, this meant getting care once per week. The following three months consisted of an adjustment every two weeks before reducing those to one visit monthly for the final three months of the study.
Researchers noted that there was a "significant" difference in the number of leg strains the players received in the treatment group when compared to the control. Furthermore, they observed that the subjects who received chiropractic therapy also had fewer 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 organization in the United States and the US Olympic Team has chiropractors on staff for their athletes, because they know that chiropractic adjustments really works. If you live near our office in Fairfax and would like to see if Dr. Zapf can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (703) 455-9555 for an appointment.
If you're troubled with severe problems, Dr. Zapf and our staff are here to help you feel better. Give our Fairfax office a call today at (703) 455-9555 for an appointment.
Hoskins W, Pollard H. The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back problems, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11(64).