In gymnastics, the demand for strength, flexibility and
aesthetics – or form and appearance – combined with repetitive impact can be
taxing on young bodies and put them at greater risk for injuries and strains.
“The most common location of injury for female gymnasts is the lower extremity – ankle sprains and knee overuse injuries. Traumatic knee injuries include a cruciate rupture or meniscus tear” explains Jan Mussallem, UW Health physical therapist. “Male gymnasts tend to experience upper extremity injuries in the shoulder and wrist.”
You return from a camping trip only to find your seven year
old is complaining that her legs are really itchy. The red, swollen skin could
mean poison ivy or poison oak. Should you be concerned?
While it can be hard to live with the itching sometimes, rashes
– also called dermatitis – are often not something to worry about although
there are times where they may need medical treatment.
Warm weather is here and that means lawn mowing season is in full swing. While it seems like a routine house chore, lawn mowing can pose danger for kids and adults. Take a minute to review the dangers that we need to be aware of to keep our kids safe.
Off-season training isn’t just for athletes with hopes of one day playing on college teams, or those competing at a high level. UW Health Sports Performance coach Alison Regal explains that most youth athletes can benefit – although how they approach it and the benefits they gain will be different depending on their age.
To figure out what’s best, it is helpful to understand the
different developmental stages.
It’s National Infant Immunization Week (#Ivax2Protect). What?! Why is an adolescent medicine physician blogging about infant immunizations?! With all the measles going on (seriously, I cannot even deal with the current measles outbreak – 704 cases this year alone!), we need to talk about immunizations and the current laws.