COVID-19 and the Return of Sports

covid 19 return of sports

Like all student-athletes, coaches and families, I was excited about the Illinois High School Association’s  (IHSA) recent announcement of a return to high school sports. The number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalization and positive tests have steadily decreased throughout the state of Illinois, placing all  regions into “Phase 4” and allowing the return of practices and […]

Don’t Let Pain Ruin Your Volleyball Game


Whether playing competitively or just in the backyard, volleyball is a fun sport for players of all ages and skill levels. The only downside is that like other sports, volleyball does come with a risk of injury. Given the nature of the game, the most common volleyball injuries likely aren’t hard to guess: shoulder overuse, […]

Running Hurts My Knees. What Can I Do About It?


It’s not a myth: Running is tough on your knees. Whether you’re a newbie starting a couch-to-5K program or you’re a veteran ultra-marathoner, it’s likely that at some point in your running journey you’ve experienced knee pain that has brought you to a halt. And it’s no surprise; running is a high-impact activity that involves […]

What Are Common Types of Soccer Injuries?


Soccer fever is in high gear this summer. A new generation of U.S. women’s soccer players triumphed at the FIFA World Cup in July, commanding the attention of young athletes everywhere and inspiring them with their grit, fearlessness, and star power. The athletic prowess at the World Cup is inspiring, to be sure; and will […]

Guidelines to Avoiding Pitcher’s Arm in Youth Athletes


Playing sports in middle school or high school can have so many positive benefits. There’s the physical benefits of being an athlete, but then there are all of the character-building values that come with being on a team: boosting self-esteem, learning how to be a team player, handling losses while being a good sport, the […]

How to Spot Signs and Symptoms of Pitching Injuries


Of all the players on a baseball field, pitchers tend to be more susceptible to upper body injuries. The immense pressure of the repetitive throwing motion can wreak havoc on their elbows and shoulders. And as competition increases it’s no surprise that pitching injuries are on the rise—as pitchers are throwing harder, faster, and younger […]

Factors That Contribute to Throwing Injuries in Youth Athletes


Odds are if you’re a baseball fan, you likely have a favorite pitcher. Watching a pitcher wind up, check the bases, and hurtle a ball toward home plate can be captivating. And if you’re the one pitching, it can feel even more exhilarating. What happens when a pitching arm starts to hurt? Of the approximately […]

What Are the Most Common Youth Sports Injuries?


Track and field. Football. Baseball. Swimming. Volleyball. Basketball. Sports are some of the time-honored pastimes of youth. They give children something fun to do outside of school, help them build confidence, teach them about teamwork and encourage them to build a network of friends. They can also have their downside, particularly when it comes to risk of […]

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