Category Archives: Issues

August 2018

Understanding the ‘odd gait’ of autism

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are often described as “uncoordinated” or “clumsy” and many have clear motor control impairments. Early intervention to address motor deficits may improve physical skills and the difficulties with social functioning that are the hallmark of the disorder.

By Keith Loria

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August 2018

Connecting with patients can improve outcomes

Building bonds with patients and their families, as well as a deeper understanding of their day-to-day lives, gives practitioners insight they can use to create a management plan that everyone can embrace. Experts offer advice on connecting, and weigh in on the management challenges and opportunities of hand-held tech.

By Shalmali Pal

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August 2018

AFOs improve gait in kids with CP after lower limb ops

Devices increased step width, speed – Children with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy (CP) experience improved gait function when walking with ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) versus barefoot one year after lower limb surgery, according to research from Norway. The impact of AFOs was most evident in children with…

By Katie Bell

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August 2018

Lower extremity protheses can pose barriers to active play          

More follow-up, motor skill ed can help – Children who use lower extremity prostheses (LEP) may experience participation restrictions in active play, according to research from Seattle that may have implications in prosthetic design and rehabilitation strategies.

By Katie Bell

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August 2018

Gender, socioeconomics, specialization, and sports injury risk   

AAOS, AOSSM give back-to-school recs – It’s back to school time, and orthopedic and sports medicine experts say some of the latest research at the intersection of sports and pediatric health could help practitioners minimize the risk of injury for their patients.

By Hank Black

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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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