Category Archives: Pediatric Clinical News

May 2019

Kickball has surprising burden of moderate to severe injuries

Game sends 10,000 kids a year to ED. Kickball, a traditional and ubiquitous school­yard game children often begin playing as early as preschool, has higher rates of injury than martial arts and tennis, according to an epidemiological review from the University of Pennsylvania that calls for heightened awareness of the risks and modifi­- cations to the way the game is played.

By Emily Delzell

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May 2019

AFOs improve postsurgical gait in kids with spastic unilateral CP   

Devices correct residual drop-foot. Compared with walking barefoot, ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) improved gait parameters in children with spastic unilateral cerebral palsy a year after they had undergone lower limb surgery to improve their ambulation, according to research from Norway. Children with spastic unilateral cerebral palsy often have gait deviations that are most frequently caused by…

By Emily Delzell

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December 2018

Kids with Down syndrome have an increased risk of arthritis

Delayed diagnosis leads to joint damage – Arthritis in Down syndrome, or Down syndrome arthropathy, remains underrecognized, according to research from Kansas City, Missouri, that found that while treatment with several classes of medications leads to a significant reduction in active and limited joints, treatment approach, optimal therapy, and escalation are unclear.

By Katie Bell

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December 2018

Yoga improves gait, quality of life in obese adolescents

Practice may help kids get active – Iyengar yoga can improve both malalignment of the lower extremities during ambulation as well as emotional functioning in children with obesity, according to a pilot study from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, supporting a role for yoga in pediatric obesity.

By Katie Bell

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December 2018

High-intensity intervals more enjoyable than moderate activity    

Challenging activity boosts good feelings – Despite greater rates of perceived exertion teens do not find high-intensity interval exercise (HIIE) unpleasant, and in fact report greater postexercise enjoyment than after completing moderate-intensity interval exercise (MIIE), according to research from the UK.

By Hank Black

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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

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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