Checkup Newsroom (SPORTs)

2018
August
16,
2018
| 08:44 PM America/Chicago
The first week of school is always one of the busiest weeks of the year for emergency departments across the country, including Cook Children’s. Last year saw more kids coming to the Emergency Department for playground falls, sports injuries and p...
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2017
August
16,
2017
| 10:00 PM America/Chicago
School is just around the corner, so it can be a very busy time for students and parents to start buying school supplies and school clothes for the new school year. One piece of equipment, which is often overlooked, is the essential backpack.  Doe...
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July
26,
2017
| 08:48 PM America/Chicago
"Should my child play football?" "Should my child play football?" You may be asking yourself this question with all the recent news about the dangers of chronic traumatic encephalopathy or CTE. A study in the most recent Journal of the Amer...
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2016
October
19,
2016
| 10:58 PM America/Chicago
Cook Children’s consists of six programs within the system that treat different populations within pediatric physical therapy. Home Health Inpatient Hospital Neurodevelopmental Physical Therapy NICU Skilled Inpatient Rehab (TCU/RCU) SPORTS ...
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October
19,
2016
| 04:41 PM America/Chicago
These days many of kids' sporting associations, coaches and sometimes even parents seem to treat kids as little adults. However, kids are not just small adults. Children are still growing, which makes them more prone to injury. They also are developi...
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June
21,
2016
| 11:59 PM America/Chicago
If you are the parent of a young athlete, you may have noticed a difference in the way kids are participating in sports than when you were a kid. At Cook Children’s SPORTS Rehab, we’ve noticed a shift in what we see in our clinic. Over the past de...
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June
14,
2016
| 10:28 PM America/Chicago
Since the passage of Title IX, female athletes have made huge strides in gaining equality on the playing field, but there are differences that the female athlete must contend with that their male counterparts do not. Girls are made differently tha...
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April
18,
2016
| 09:04 PM America/Chicago
A hand being caught in a door, a child running with scissors or even holding a video game controller too much. Hand injuries to children happen more often than you might think. But what happens after the injury? Cara Smith, a certified hand therapist...
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February
05,
2016
| 05:25 PM America/Chicago
With the Super Bowl marking the end of football season and the movie Concussion starring Will Smith in theatres the topic of concussions has never been more talked about more than it is today. If you have paid attention to football over the last s...
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January
11,
2016
| 09:58 PM America/Chicago
“My son plays fall baseball, spring baseball and was recently chosen for a summer select league.” “My daughter plays select soccer and can’t afford to take any time off for her injury without the risk of losing her starting position on the team.” ...
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January
08,
2016
| 06:08 PM America/Chicago
“I want to quit!” “This is not fun!” “I don’t want to play anymore.” Are these lines you’ve heard your young athlete say? Have you found yourself asking questions like – “What could cause a talented, young athlete to lose their passion for p...
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2015
December
11,
2015
| 06:34 PM America/Chicago
A new study shows that injuries to cheerleaders don’t happen often, but when they do occur they are usually serious. Researchers in Pediatrics found that only track and field and swimming were safer as far as the number of injuries to athletes, bu...
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December
08,
2015
| 06:19 PM America/Chicago
Cheerleading has changed in the past 30 years from yells and claps to routines with high level gymnastic tumbling runs and stunts. It has also become a year-round sport with summer camps and cheerleading competitions. This has increased the numbe...
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October
01,
2015
| 11:34 PM America/Chicago
Running is an excellent form of exercise and is growing in popularity. With an increasing frequency of inactivity and childhood obesity, promoting physical activity in kids is extremely important. Kids have a natural desire to move around and play. R...
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October
01,
2015
| 11:15 PM America/Chicago
What is a Physical Therapist (PT) or Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA)? According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), PT’s and PTA’s are highly educated licensed health care professionals who can help reduce pain and improve mobi...
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September
24,
2015
| 09:46 PM America/Chicago
You probably have never thought about this, but you begin training your core as an infant. Babies are great examples of how being active can build a solid core. From the time when they begin lifting their heads up they are training their core. They c...
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September
03,
2015
| 09:45 PM America/Chicago
Strength training programs for preadolescents and adolescents can be safe and effective if proper resistance training techniques and safety precautions are followed. Preadolescents and adolescents should avoid competitive weight lifting, power l...
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September
01,
2015
| 04:59 PM America/Chicago
A federal judge in a class-action NFL concussion lawsuit approved a plan that could pay thousands of players more than $1 billion over the next 65 years. Richard Roberts, M.D., a neurosurgeon at Cook Children’s, wonders what it’s worth for your ch...
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August
19,
2015
| 06:15 PM America/Chicago
It seems like every year as baseball season comes into full swing we open up the paper and read about more and more big league pitchers that are out for the season to undergo ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction, better known as “Tommy John...
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July
13,
2015
| 10:39 PM America/Chicago
“Sit up straight!” “Stop Slouching!” Why is my kid’s posture so poor? THE PROBLEM Do you get sick and tired of telling your child to sit up straight? Do you ever wonder why so many kids these days have slouched posture and often complain ...
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June
02,
2015
| 05:00 PM America/Chicago
Finger injuries don’t just happen to kids who are athletes. While it’s common for fingers to get “jammed” by a basketball or when diving back into first base, fingers are susceptible to getting caught in the car door, slammed in a drawer or even acci...
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May
21,
2015
| 05:11 PM America/Chicago
Summer is just right around the corner and swim season is fast approaching. For some kids this will be their main sport, for others this will be just one of many. Swimming is one of the safest sports to participate in, however too much of a good thin...
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May
20,
2015
| 05:28 PM America/Chicago
Headaches can affect a child’s ability to concentrate, focus, and perform well in the classroom and on the field. Headaches are usually split into two categories, primary and secondary. Primary headaches are the result of problems with pain sensit...
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April
21,
2015
| 10:45 PM America/Chicago
At some point in time we have probably all seen a sporting event where an athlete goes down with an ankle injury. In a lot of those cases we have probably also heard the commentators or someone at the event say “Hopefully it’s only a sprain.” While o...
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March
31,
2015
| 06:01 PM America/Chicago
Track season is up and running and many of our junior high and high school athletes are training themselves to run faster and jump higher. Physical activity is clearly beneficial for our students. It can lead to increased health, decreased risky beha...
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March
07,
2015
| 03:35 PM America/Chicago
As a parent of an athlete, you probably know the term anterior cruciate ligament or ACL. But if you’ve heard it, it’s probably been in a negative context – either you saw a player on TV with an ACL injury or maybe your child has been injured with one...
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February
20,
2015
| 09:01 PM America/Chicago
Before we know it, spring will be here. Each spring, we see plenty of signs advertising sports and activities for kids, but do we really need to take toddlers to soccer, T-Ball, gymnastics and swimming? The answer is complicated. Yes, it's very...
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January
25,
2015
| 03:04 PM America/Chicago
“Use your core!” “Sit up straight!” If you spend any time with kids and teenagers, you hear these phrases all the time. It seems like posture and core strengthening are such hot topics these days. But what is the core anyways, and why is it so import...
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2014
October
17,
2014
| 04:49 PM America/Chicago
Strength training doesn't only refer to working with weights. It can also include calisthenics or any exercise that uses your child's own body for resistance, such as sit-ups and pull-ups. In fact, lifting weights is discouraged for young children be...
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October
07,
2014
| 06:42 PM America/Chicago
October is National Physical Therapy Month, a month set aside to recognize physical therapists (PTs) and physical therapist assistants (PTAs) for their roles in health care. ...
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