AFL Hamstring InjuryA new research study involving two Australian Rules football clubs has found that chiropractic can significantly reduce the risk of players succumbing to hamstring injuries and lower limb muscle strain.

Two VFL clubs participated in the research, which is the first Australian study to examine the role of chiropractic in minimising injury in elite footballers.

According to sports chiropractor Wayne Hoskins, “Hamstring and lower limb muscle strains are the most common injuries in the AFL. The AFL’s injury survey shows no change in injury rates in the last15 years and management of these injuries has remained a source of frustration for players, clubs, medical staff and fans alike.”

This research showed that hamstring and lower limb muscle strain injuries can be dramatically reduced through the inclusion of a sports chiropractor in the traditional injury management programs adopted by clubs, which generally involve a mix of physiotherapy, massage and strength and conditioning management.

He said the results suggest that the inclusion of chiropractic would boost player performance whilst saving clubs money.

Here are the highlights of the research findings:

  • The study lasted an entire season and involved 59 players from two VFL clubs.
  • The group which included chiropractic care had a 4% chance of a hamstring injury and a 4% chance of a lower limb muscle strain.
  • The group which did not receive chiropractic had a 17% chance of hamstring injury and a 28% chance of a lower limb muscle strain.
  • The chiropractic group missed just four matches during the season through hamstring or lower limb muscle strains.
  • The group not receiving chiropractic treatment missed 14 matches through hamstring injury and 21 matches through lower limb muscle strain.
  • The group receiving chiropractic also had significant reductions in non-contact knee injuries, low back pain and improvements in physical components of health.

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