It seems the experts are changing their advice. After years of promoting the idea that young athletes should specialize in a single sport if they want to reach the top levels of success, new studies are touting the benefits of participating in several sports. In fact, many high schools are making an even bigger deal and giving more recognition to the multi-sports athletes.
Whether you are a proponent of young athletes specializing in one sport or you support the multi-sport approach, one common denominator is present: increased numbers of injuries. The fact that so many young people are spending 20 or more hours a week practicing, competing, and conditioning has lead to an epidemic of young athlete injuries. These injuries sometimes have lasting effects. Adults with more and more lingering problems, in fact, are fueling the need for increased chiropractic care. The need for chiropractic care for sports injuries continues to grow.
Do You Have a Lingering Sports Injury, or Other Conditions, That Requires Chiropractor Services?
Whether you see a chiropractor for chronic pain or you seek chiropractic care for sports injuries, you are a member of the growing number of groups that are looking for relieve. As evidence, there are an estimated 27 million Americans, including both adults and children, who visit Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) every year.
Consider some of these statistics about the many reasons that Americans turn to a chiropractor:
- Injured workers are 28 times less likely to have spinal surgery if their first point of contact is a Doctor of Chiropractic, rather than a surgeon.
- Treatment for low back pain initiated by a DC can cost 20% less than treatment that is started by a MD.
- 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time, and 50% of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.
- 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives, as estimated by experts.
- 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain, according to a recent market research report.
- 28% of adults with low back pain report limited activity because of their chronic condition.
- Chiropractors are utilized by all 32 National Football League teams to optimize the endurance, functionality, and overall conditioning of professional players in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal strain injuries, including low back pain, neck pain, strains to quadriceps and hamstrings, as well as whiplash injuries.