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May 2018

Management of Joint Hypermobility

Joint hypermobility, often discovered when clinicians evaluate kids for another lower extremity issue, can cause pain, fatigue, and other symptoms that lead children to avoid exercise and drop out of sports. Hypermobile joints can also increase risk for traumatic injuries and for adult musculoskeletal conditions such as osteoarthritis.

By Keith Loria

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May 2018

Concussion and lower extremity injury

As in adults, youth athletes who sustain a concussion increase their chances of experiencing a lower extremity injury, and the rise in risk can last for at least a year. Researchers are investigating the reasons underlying the connection, as well as trying to answer the crucial question: when is it safe for athletes to return to play?

By Jill R. Dorson

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May 2018

Most youth coaches unaware of general sport-volume recs

Sports specialization guidelines need higher profile – Youth sport coaches are concerned about the increased risk of overuse injuries seen among young athletes who play a single sport year-round or otherwise train at high volume. Most are unaware, however, of sport-volume recommendations created to reduce these injuries…

By Keith Loria

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May 2018

Brace-wear times for clubfoot patients still fall short

Device wear critical to relapse prevention – The Ponseti method for managing idiopathic clubfoot deformity provides satisfactory results at intermediate follow-up, but the need for anterior tibial tendon transfer remains an important adjunctive treatment, according to research from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

By Katie Bell

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May 2018

PE classes increase physical activity, reduce sedentary behavior

Funding for these school programs in jeopardy – Attending physical education (PE) classes is associated with a higher level of physical activity (PA) and a lower level of sedentary behavior (SB) in and out of school in children from countries at various levels of development, according to a…

By Katie Bell

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February 2018

Pitchers don’t get enough time for lower extremity strength recovery: Single-sport players need more rest days    

Current Little League pitching guidelines provide insufficient lower extremity strength recovery time in youth pitchers, even when they are pitching at submaximal pitch counts, according to research from California published in January.

By Katie Bell

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February 2018

Autism linked to between-limb asymmetries across the gait cycle: Gait pattern ID could help target therapy    

Recent findings from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), add to a growing body of evidence that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is associated with significant gait asymmetry, suggesting movement quality should be part of the diagnostic and treatment processes for ASD.

By Keith Loria

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February 2018

Measures of ankle weakness reveal varied CMT gait patterns: Gait profile should guide orthotic design

Gait-pattern classification derived from functional measures of ankle weakness can be used to assess progression of Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) disease and to guide clinical decision-making about treatment strategies, such as orthotic design and…

By Keith Loria

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February 2018

Update: Orthotic care and physical therapy for DMD

Lower extremity interventions can help boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) stay ambulatory for years—and improve outcomes in the condition’s nonambulatory phase.  Devices can address con­tractures and other issues, while stretching programs are key to maintaining flexibility.

By Hank Black

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February 2018

Media, toys, and games for kids with disabilities

Children use toys and media characters to spark their imaginations and cast themselves as the star of their own stories. Through play, they connect with other kids and dream about their future. Options are few, however, for kids who wear a device or otherwise look “different” to see themselves reflected during play.

By Jill R. Dorson

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