According to WebMD, football has been shown to “lead youth sports injuries”; it’s also one of the most popular sports. As a result, student athletes and their parents need to know how to prevent or minimize damage caused by athletic pursuits.
Chiropractic is one way to do so. Here are some things the parents of young football players should know about chiropractic practice.
1. Professional teams are using chiropractors
According to the Professional Football Chiropractic Society, 34 chiropractors treat the 32 teams in the NFL and “conservatively give 16,320 to 27,200 adjustments to America’s superstars in just 120 days.”
2. Chiropractic treatment can help with flexibility and strength
This helps to minimize damage to players’ bodies and prompt a return to healthy functioning. The study referenced by WebMD found that “The lower leg, ankle, and foot were the most commonly injured body parts playing football.”
Furthermore, California Pacific Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine reports that ankle sprains are “commonly sustained when running and changing directions suddenly, or when tackling or getting tackled”. Building up weak ankles with a chiropractor can help minimize injuries to high school players so they can continue to go out on the field and enjoy the game.
According to the American Chiropractic Association, sprains, strains, and tendinosis (also known as tendinitis), and stress fractures are all common sports injuries. For most of these overuse-related injuries (with the exclusion of fractures), the ACA reports that studies have shown that, in some cases, “joint manipulation can be helpful with pain reduction and more rapid recovery.”
A chiropractor can help determine whether this form of treatment would be useful and, if so, could administer the treatment.
3. Chiropractors Prevent Injuries, Not Just Treat Them
WebMD also says that football injuries “may be preventable”, stating that Christy Collins, MA, research associate at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Columbus Children’s Research Institute recommends ankle and knee conditioning.
Chiropractic care in the form of targeted stretching and strengthening routines, as well as adjustments to keep young athletes’ bodies properly aligned, can be a valuable way to prevent injuries from occurring in the first place.
Has Your High School Athlete Been Injured?
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