Sport Injuries and Chiropractic
When adolescents play on team sports, there is an inherit risk of injury. Chiropractic care can help reduce the long-term effects of those injuries. Injuries suffered in sports range from sprains and strains to broken bones. The featured image for this post is a clavicle fracture from a football tackling injury. Most of the sport injuries heal without too many complications, especially if a chiropractor is on the health-care team. A bigger concern are the subtle injuries. Parents frequently under assess the severity of certain injuries, and they do not get proper treatment. One such injury category is concussion.
Parents often don’t associate a concussion with the typical traumatic brain injury symptoms. This is why it is so important that parents bring their child to a qualified chiropractor for proper assessment. Some of the concussion symptoms dismissed by parents include:
- sensitivity to light or noise
- brain fog
- fatigue or low energy
- increased emotionality
Each year there are an estimated 300,000 sport-related concussions in the US, about 170,000 of them are children and adolescents. Chiropractors are often part of sport-medicine teams and chiropractors are assessing severity of the head injury. This is vital since trauma to the head is transferred to the neck bones, leading to cervical spinal injury as well. Chiropractors can receive additional training in sports medicine and learn to use the SCAT2, a special sport medicine concussion assessment tool. The tool can provide a number score and quickly estimate how severe the concussion was. It also helps the chiropractor provide recommendations on whether or not the athlete can return to play following the head trauma.
There are very specific treatment guidelines for traumatic brain injuries, including concussions. Your chiropractor can help your athlete manage the treatment plan for proper brain-injury recovery while managing the recovery of the associated cervical spinal injury. Treatment plans often include physical, emotional, visual, and intellectual rest.