Category Archives: Pediatric Clinical News

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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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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November 2017

Wearing textured insoles in walking shoes improves ballet dancers’ balance: Benefits accrue despite injury history

Textured insoles worn in walking shoes can improve the dynamic postural balance of young ballet dancers both with and without previous injury, according to study data from Canberra, Australia, which also suggested textured insoles can be useful as a routine intervention.

By Katie Bell

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