In summary; Yes. For the weekend warrior, the best advice is to stretch, strengthen, go to training, eat well and be physically fit. For the elite athlete, you may have a team to support you, and as the study below suggests, a sports chiropractor may provide additional benefits beyond conventional management.
Conventional injury prevention has focused on treating local factors (eg. hamstring stretching/strengthenin etc for preventing hamstring injury) which advises that poor flexibility, fatigue, lack of warm up and weaknesses are risk factors for injury. However, a growing body of evidence suggests that prevention may be greater than just improving the local areas.
Sporting injuries, particularly at higher levels are mainly prevented through stretching, strengthening and nutrition. These are commonly managed by a multi-disciplinary medical, paramedical and sports science management team.
In a recent study in the BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders on semi-elite AFL players, Pollard and Hoskins studied the trends of athletes and their injury rates. The study demostrated a trend towards lower limb injury preention with a significant reduction in lower limb muscle strains and weeks missed due to injury through the addition of a sports chiropractic intervention to the the current best practice management.
Hoskins & Pollard. The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian Rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 2010.
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