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Youth

Parents Corner: Interview with Shalon Morris

Posted on June 11, 2019 by Shalon Morris

Shalon Morris is a  busy mom of three children. She has been married to her husband, Michael, for 16 years. They have 3 children, all who participate in sports - Daughter, Jansen (14) and sons Hudson (11) and Maximus (8). As a family, they enjoy camping and going to sporting events. As you'll read, gymnastics is a huge commitment but Shalon and Michael are here to support their oldest daughter and Body Helix Junior Brand Ambassador, Jansen, in her goal  of competing in college. [...]

Youth

Parents Corner: Interview with Christine Williams

Posted on June 04, 2019 by Body Helix

Christine Williams is a  busy mom of two children. She was a professional dancer, teacher, studio owner and choreographer.  She has also owned a businesses in the children’s fashion industry and is now focusing on helping her oldest daughter with her college future and supporting her youngest daughter and Body Helix Junior Brand Ambassador, Hallie, through her gymnastics career. [...]

Injury Management, Youth

A Physical Therapist's Take On Sever's Disease

Posted on March 21, 2019 by Amy Mierzwa, PT, DPT, CKTP

In this post, friend of Body Helix, Amy Mierzwa, shares with us her expertise on Sever's Disease, which is something that affects many young athletes as they experience growth spurts during adolescence.  Mierzwa is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and is the founder of Performance Solutions Physical Therapy in Charlotte, NC.  Join us as she shares her knowledge of this painful disorder and how she is able to help young athletes recover.  [...]

Knee, Youth

How Compression can Help Management of Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease

Despite being a mouthful to say, Osgood-Schlatter’s Disease (OSD) is a very common injury in young athletes. It’s incredibly painful to those who suffer from it, and many parents search for ways to help while keeping their kids in the game. If you’ve got a child with Osgood-Schlatter’s, take a look at what exactly it is and how compression can help. [...]

Knee, Youth, Ankle/Foot

How Sever’s Disease Affects Young Athletes

A disease with a name similar to “severe” might sound daunting, but Sever’s disease is a fairly common disorder caused by inflammation of growth plates in the foot. [...]

Injury Prevention, Youth

Tips for avoiding injury in young athletes

If your kid plays an organized sport, odds are they’re either a) running around between 15 different sports/activities or b) so busy with the demands of one they might as well be a professional athlete. Therefore, your children spend their time in sports overtraining, and then they go to school and sit for hours, tightening up those muscles. While their young age might make them a little better at rebounding, they’re still growing, learning important movement patterns, and need rest and recovery just like we all do. [...]

Injury Management, Injury Prevention, Youth, Ankle/Foot

Six Ways to Prevent and Manage Ankle Injury in Youth Sports

Let’s face it - having a kid around is asking for a bump or bruise at some point. Yet there are certain steps you can take to avoid a more debilitating injury to keep them happy and healthy. [...]

Knee, Youth

COMMON CAUSES OF KNEE PAIN IN CHILDREN AND ADOLSCENTS

Posted on January 23, 2018 by Erin Boynton, M.D.

Kids going through a rapid growth spurt are vulnerable to anterior knee pain. This is pain that occurs at the front of the knee and is often due to tendinitis, overload of the knee cap or stress of the growth plate where the patellar tendon inserts (often referred to as Osgood-Schlatter disease). This is often characterized by a painful bump just below the knee that is worse with activity and better with rest. Osgood-Schlatter disease most often occurs in adolescents during growth spurts, when bones, muscles, tendons, and other structures are changing rapidly. Because physical activity puts additional stress on bones and muscles, children who participate in athletics — especially running and jumping sports - are at an increased risk for this condition. However, less active adolescents may also experience this problem. [...]

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