Category Archives: Pediatric Clinical News

February 2017

Shoes add to energy cost of gait compared with barefoot walking

Footwear should allow dynamic activity – A recent study of the metabolic costs of barefoot versus shod walking found walking in shoes required a higher energy expenditure and had a poorer economy than barefoot walking. These outcomes suggest going barefoot may be preferable for children whenever it is deemed…

By Greg Gargiulo

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February 2017

Sensor data quantify clubfoot patients’ reported, real brace use     

Parents overestimate wear times – Researchers who used temperature-sensitive devices to measure brace-use adherence in children with clubfoot found parents overestimate brace wear time when reporting to clinicians and that children are not in their braces as long as their doctors recommend.

By Peaches Yeilding

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February 2017

Martial arts students at risk for lower extremity injury, sequelae     

Traumas increase with age, skill level – Martial arts participation has numerous benefits for children and adolescents, but it also has its risks—including lower extremity injury, according to a recent clinical report and literature review published by…

By Chris Klingenberg

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November 2016

Early motor skills training in ASD improves locomotion, socialization

Intense therapy creates quick gains – Intense motor skills interventions in young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can significantly improve locomotor and other lower extremity skills in addition to socialization behaviors, according to a recent pilot study.

By Peaches Scribner 

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November 2016

AFO effects on gastrocnemius underscore heterogeneity of CP

Variations call for adjustable devices – Outfitting pediatric cerebral palsy (CP) patients with two types of ankle foot orthoses (AFOs) elicited various effects, as the medial gastrocnemius operating length in some—but not all—participants was consequently stretched while walking, according to a recent study.

By Greg Gargiulo

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November 2016

Home-based ACL injury prevention program fails the compliance test

Oversight, feedback may up buy-in –  The idea of injury prevention training in the comfort of one’s own home is appealing on many levels, and researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are taking steps toward making that type of training feasible and effective for young athletes.

By Chris Klingenberg

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August 2016

Bilateral long-jump practice ups takeoff leg performance

Benefits persist 3 weeks after training – Bilateral practice should be established early in youth long-jump training programs to improve the jumping performance of their dominant (takeoff) leg, according to research from Karlsruhe, Germany, that may have implications for other track and field events.

By Katie Bell

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August 2016

Surgery beats conservative care for first-time kneecap dislocations

Less recurrence, better sports outcomes – Adolescent patients with first-time acute patellar dislocations treated surgically have a lower risk for recurrent dislocation and higher knee-related quality of life and sports-related outcomes compared with those managed…

By Greg Gargiulo

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August 2016

Whole body vibration boosts speed, stride length in toe-walkers

Most improvements are transient – The findings of a recent Australian study add to early evidence in support of whole body vibration (WBV) as a potentially simple, noninvasive treatment for children with idiopathic toe walking (ITW), with mechanisms still to be worked out.

By Larry Hand

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May 2016

Lower body conditioning may cut upper body injury risk in softball

Safety of underhand pitch is over-rated – Better pre- and off-season lower-body conditioning may help prevent some serious overuse injuries to the upper extremities of young female fast-pitch softball players, according to the lead author of a recent prospective study of player-reported injuries.

By Hank Black

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