How to avoid overuse injuries in young athletes

Lurie Children’s Hospital shared in the Daily Herald Newspaper that summer is just around the corner and with the cold weather gone and school out, kids will become more physically active.

Many kids will be involved in different camps, activities and sports teams, and it’s important for parents to be aware of the potential for overuse injuries.

Dr. Cynthia Labella, medical director of the Institute for Sports Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and professor at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, shares who is at risk for overuse injury and how to prevent these injuries from happening.

What is an overuse injury?

An overuse injury is an injury to the bones, muscles, ligaments or tendons caused by repetitive stress. You are overusing that particular part of the body.

Overuse injuries are common in sports with repetitive motions like baseball, tennis and gymnastics. Repeated stress without appropriate recovery time in between will eventually cause a tissue breakdown and that’s when you start to feel pain.

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Can your baby hear you say “I love you?”

The Center for Disease Control shared that  the best way to find out if your baby may be deaf or hard of hearing is by a hearing screening. Early diagnosis and intervention will help them reach their full potential.

Thousands of babies are born deaf or hard of hearing each year in the United States. Babies diagnosed early with hearing loss and begin intervention early are more likely to reach their full potential. The best way to find out if your baby may be deaf or hard of hearing is by a simple hearing test, also called a hearing screening.

Why is a hearing screening important for my baby?

Starting from day 1, babies begin to learn language skills by listening to and interacting with those around them. If babies miss these opportunities, their language development can be delayed. Many times, children’s hearing loss is not obvious and can go unnoticed for months or even years.

Hearing screening at birth can determine if your baby may have a hearing loss and if more tests are needed. An early diagnosis is essential to help babies who are deaf or hard of hearing reach their full potential, and allows families to make decisions about the intervention services that are best for their baby’s needs. Early diagnosis of hearing loss and beginning intervention helps to keep children’s development on track and improve their future language and social development. Read more

Registration for Flat Apple 2018 Begins June 1

The free Flat Apple Summer Activity encourages children to be physically active and rewards them with a prize drawing.

The Healthy Lombard Foundation wants kids to stay fit this summer, and kids who keep track of their activities just may win a prize or find a bit of local fame.

The foundation is launching the Flat Apple Summer Activity, which aims to keep kids moving through the warm weather. From Friday, June 1, through Aug. 25, kids are encouraged to take part in Healthy Lombard-sponsored activities at community events such as a Lombard Cruise Night and keep a log of the time they spend doing things that will keep their bodies healthy.

Play sports? The game goes on the log. Spend the afternoon swimming? Log it. Ride your bike with friends and take a family walk? Log and log again.

“Flat Apple is for both (the) athletic and nonathletic child,” foundation board President Jay Wojcik said. “Our goal is for kids to have a great experience and be motivated to stay active during the summer.”

To take part in Flat Apple, children between the ages of 4 and 16 must have their parents register them for the free program on the Healthy Lombard website, The program is open to children who live outside of Lombard as well as to residents.

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12 Running Facts That Will Inspire You To Run Today

Josh Wardini, Community Manager at  Webmastersjury, shared that he world’s healthiest people are those who exercise body and mind regularly. These people tend to have more productive days, better memory, and even look and feel younger and more attractive.

Of all the body exercises people engage in today, running is one of the oldest and also one of the very few that gives you a total body workout. Unlike with many other forms of exercise, there is no need for expensive equipment, just a good set of running shoes that you can always find a good deal on, from vendors like The Walking Company. And, there is a much smaller chance of injury than with most other activities! The numerous benefits of running cannot be overstated. What we have below is just a few facts that will hopefully remind you that the post-running muscle ache is totally worth it (along with other fun facts).Music boosts running performance by about 15%.


Using footwear that cost over $95 is linked to a 200% increase in chances of injury than with shoes of $40 or less.

  1. Running works the largest number of muscles using 200 to take each step. When you run, you also work out 33 joints, 26 bones, and 112 ligaments along with nerves, tendons, and blood vessels.

  1. You can cut your risk of Alzeheimer’s by 40% if you run as little as 24.6 KM a week.

  1. Want to increase your lifespan by 20%? Run 32 km a week.

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The Link Between Diet & Migraines

Dr. Yonghua Michael Zhang, Physician, Neurology from EDWARD NEUROSCIENCES INSTITUTE wrote for Healthy Driven Chicago that millions of Americans are affected by migraines. For many of them, diet plays a role in the frequency and severity of the attacks.

Foods that cause a migraine in one person may not affect another, however, the most common triggers include:

  • Alcohol
  • Aged cheese
  • MSG
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Processed meat
  • Dark chocolate
  • Ice cream
  • Avocados
  • Citrus fruits
  • Caffeine withdrawal

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Even Modest Lifestyle Changes in Middle Age May Significantly Extend Your Life

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Too Much Sitting Can Be Harmful To Your Brain

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Brain Health Is Connected to Heart Health

The Center for Disease control shared asks, “Did you know that the health of your brain and your heart are connected?” By keeping your heart healthy, you also lower your risk for brain problems such as stroke and dementia. Learn more about the connection between the heart and brain and steps to take to keep both healthy.

Your heart pumps blood through vessels to every part of your body, including your brain. Damage to blood vessels can lead to serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, and dementia. Keeping your blood vessels healthy can help you have a strong heart and brain.

Unhealthy Heart, Unhealthy Brain

Some health conditions and unhealthy habits can damage blood vessels, putting your heart and your brain at risk for serious problems.

    • heart attack happens when plaque buildup or a blood clot blocks blood flow to the heart.
    • stroke, sometimes called a “brain attack,” happens when a clot or a plaque blocks a blood vessel in the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. When this happens, brain tissue dies, which can lead to memory loss and disability.
    • A type of dementia called vascular dementia can happen as a result of a series of small, “silent” strokes, sometimes called “mini-strokes.”1Dementia can cause memory loss, slowed thinking, and personality changes.

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Your Wakeup Workout

Woman Drinking Glass of Water — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Erika Fortes, COD Nursing Student, shared with Healthy Lombard that getting out of bed and starting your morning is the most grueling thing in the world. At least it is to me. Like any other college student, waking up to go to class or work is always a struggle. My bed is warm and cozy, and even though I really don’t feel like moving, I must get up to start my day. There were days where I would move like a zombie after getting out of bed. I would wander around my room mindlessly gathering all I needed for the day, still half asleep, wishing I was in bed. Sometimes this sleep-like awake state would continue to when I was sitting behind the wheel of my car in the driveway! But that heavy-eyed feeling is now a thing of the past for me. No, I did not somehow miraculously convert myself into being a morning person. That would be quite a miracle. But the following are some little tips and tricks to shake off that tired feeling, increase your energy, and feel a little more prepared to start your day.

  1. Drink some water!

This simple little action could make a huge difference in how your body feels. When you wake up, your body is dehydrated. So, drinking a little bit of water helps stimulate your body and feel more energized for the day. For me, leaving a cold glass on my nightstand makes it easier to reach first thing in the morning. When I drink it, I can feel that cold water hit my stomach, and I feel more refreshed. Read more