Chiropractic care for sports injuries

Pediatric sports injuries are incredibly common – even among youth who participate on school and community teams. In the 1970s, 3,000 high school students playing a variety of nineteen different sports were tracked over a five-year period for a study. Every athletic injury sustained was reported. The study revealed nearly 1,200 sports injuries over that five-year period. Today those trends show no signs of slowing down.

According to USA Today, the organization Safe Kids Worldwide conducted a survey of their own on sports and sports-related injuries among youth. They discovered approximately 1.35 million adolescents visited the ER for a sports-related injury in 2012. Here’s the good news: A substantial portion of these injuries are related to overuse and are therefore preventable.

Individual and team sports are highly encouraged among today’s youth. This isn’t a bad thing, as DailyParent.com and the Livestrong Foundation report. Participation in sports often lead to higher self -esteem, stronger bodies and immune systems, an ability to work as an integral member of a team, and even better academic skills.

Sports injuries, however, are unwelcome effects of these activities. It’s important to understand how the body works and how sports affect the musculoskeletal system. Because of this parents should take their young athlete to a chiropractor.

Most people think of back injuries when they hear the word “chiropractor,” but in truth, these specific types of doctors specialize in the musculoskeletal system. This system is essentially the foundation of the human body. In order to build a strong building (or body) capable of withstanding rigorous tests, the foundation needs to be top notch.

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases lists some of the most common types of sports injuries, including: sprains, growth plate and repetitive motion injuries. Literally all of these can be at least partially prevented and/or treated by a well-qualified chiropractor.

The legs and back are the body parts most at risk for injury, and overuse is nothing to be sneered at. An experienced, high-skilled chiropractor can make adjustments to the spine and recommend different strides or foot placement to alleviate any pain and avoid overwork. Taking the time to learn how to prevent a traumatic sports injury is time wisely invested. It’s certainly better than a painful trip to the ER!

Many doctors are incredibly specialized in certain aspects of human health, but chiropractors are the only subset skilled in the musculoskeletal system.