Sports Injury Chiropractic Treatment

Taking part in sports and recreation activities is an important part of a healthy, physically active lifestyle for kids. But injuries can, and do, occur. More than 2.6 million children 0-19 years old are treated in the emergency department each year for sports and recreation-related injuries.

If one defines the ‘most dangerous’ sport by the sport most likely for a participant to become injured, the top 3 would be Basketball, Bicycling, and Football. It makes sense since these activities are some of the more popular sports. This definition does not suit everyone since a sport that is more popular is more likely to have more aggregate injuries. If one defines ‘most dangerous’ as the sport with the greatest number of injuries per number of participants then football, skateboarding, and basketball could be considered the most dangerous.

Football Injuries

Table 1

Sport Rank
Basketball 1
Bicycle 2
Football 3
Softball 4
Baseball 5
Skateboarding 6
Horseback Riding 7
Golf 8
Ice Hockey 9
Lacrosse 10
Tennis 11
Mountain Bikes 12
Street Hockey 13
Badminton 14

Bicycle Injuries

Table 2

Sport Rank
Football 1
Skateboarding 2
Basketball 3
Baseball 4
Bicycle 5
Softball 6
Ice Hockey 7
Volleyball 8
Golf 9
Tennis 10
Mountain Bicycle 11

Prevent Sports Injury

Horseback Riding Injuries

We all want to keep our children safe and secure and help them reach their full potential.  Knowing how to prevent injuries from sports and recreation activities, one of the leading causes of child injury, is a step toward this goal.

Thankfully, there are steps that parents can take to help make sure kids stay safe on the field, the court, or wherever they play or participate in sports and recreation activities.

Prevention Tips

Gear up. When children are active in sports and recreation, make sure they use the right protective gear for their activity, such as helmets, wrist guards, knee or elbow pads.

Use the right stuff. Be sure that sports protective equipment is in good condition and worn correctly all the time—for example, avoid missing or broken buckles or compressed or worn padding. Poorly fitting equipment may be uncomfortable and may not offer the best protection.

Practice makes perfect. Have children learn and practice skills they need in their activity. For example, knowing how to tackle safely is important in preventing injuries in football and soccer. Have children practice proper form – this can prevent injuries during baseball, softball, and many other activities. Also, be sure to safely and slowly increase activities to improve physical fitness; being in good condition can protect kids from injury.

Pay attention to temperature. Allow time for child athletes to gradually adjust to hot or humid environments to prevent heat-related injuries or illness. Parents and coaches should pay close attention to make sure that players are hydrated and appropriately dressed.

Be a good model. Communicate positive safety messages and serve as a model of safe behavior, including a wearing helmet and following the rules.

Which Helmet For Which Activity

Chiropractic Care

More and more you are seeing professional teams utilize chiropractic spinal adjustments. Why do you think that is?  When your body is in better alignment, your nervous system is finely tuned, all pistons are firing!!!!

Athletes in many sports all around the world give much credit to chiropractors for their ability to compete in spite of the heavy biomechanical stresses placed on their bodies.

By getting adjustments, the muscles, spine, and nervous system all work better to deliver the best power your body can deliver. This leads to better performance, fewer injuries and quicker recovery.