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International Journal of Clinical Medicine Research  
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Chiropractic Treatment in Sports: Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials
International Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
Vol.6 , No. 2, Publication Date: May 10, 2019, Page: 6-12
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Rainer Thiele, Department of Medical Science, Private University of Liechtenstein, Triesen, Principality of Liechtenstein.


Background: Since 1980, chiropractic has been used at the Olympic Games to accompany the USA's top athletes therapeutically. The rapidly developing professional sports sector offers great scope for new therapeutic support for athletes in the areas of prevention, performance improvement, injury treatment and medical rehabilitation. The aim of this systematic review is to analyse the latest scientific findings, which can be evaluated on the basis of existing clinical controlled studies. The present article deals with the question: How efficient is the use of chiropractic in sports in the above-mentioned areas? Methods: The research is carried out in the PubMed database. The evidence level of the individual studies is determined using the PEDro scale. The studies with evidence class I are evaluated in tabular form according to the PICO model. Endpoints assessed are grip strength in judo athletes, ankle injuries, medical rehabilitation with recurrent ankle sprains, jet lag symptoms. Results: The literature review include 232 researched articles 8 on the subject, including 3 systematic reviews and 5 randomized clinical trials, of which 4 include evaluable results. Overall, in 3 studies, outcomes in the intervention group for performance enhancement, injury treatment and medical rehabilitation are significantly improved by the use of chiropractic care. The jet lag treatment show no differences compared to the control group. Conclusion: In 3 out of 4 studies, there are significant improvements with the use of chiropractic in therapy. Thus, it can be concluded, that the use of chiropractic in sports can improve performance and reduce injury times in medical rehabilitation. Chiropractic in sports is therefore quite efficient.


Sports, Chiropractic, Manipulation, Review, Rehabilitation, Athletes


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