//Sports Medicine

Athletic Trainers Stepping into New Roles

2017-11-22T10:52:01+00:00April 27th, 2017|Physical & Occupational Therapy, Sports Medicine|

With the arrival of spring, IBJI’s athletic training staff is gearing up for a busy season. The Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League and the Chicago Sky of the Women’s National Basketball Association have selected IBJI as their Official Athletic Training Provider. During the upcoming 2017 seasons, IBJI’s highly skilled team of certified athletic trainers will be on-site to assist both teams during all home and away games — but that’s not all they will be doing. […]

Choosing the Correct Soccer Cleat

2017-12-12T09:40:37+00:00April 12th, 2016|Sports Medicine|

Spring is just around the corner and the outdoor soccer season will be in full swing in a few weeks. It is time to dig those soccer cleats out from the bottom of the shoe bin and to see if they still fit. If it is time for a new pair of cleats, IBJI would like to provide some important information for you before you head off to the store to purchase a new pair. In general, cleats are designed with a stiff sole to provide support and allow the studs to be attached to them. The boot should fit snug to provide a good interface between the ball and foot. If additional cushion is required, you will probably need [...]

Clavicle Fractures: Not just for Athletes

2017-11-22T10:54:03+00:00October 17th, 2017|Sports Medicine|

By Djuro Petkovic, MD The NFL had some unfortunate news this week when one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers, broke his collarbone and will undergo surgery. I know this news will not make the Bears’ faithful lose any sleep, but in the end no one wants to see any person, let alone a high caliber athlete, get injured and lose their ability to work. […]

From the Field: What Parents Should Know about Single-Sport Focus and How it May Impact Your Child

2017-11-22T10:50:30+00:00March 24th, 2017|Sports Medicine|

What Parents Should Know about Single-Sport Focus and How it May Impact Your Child As just about any parent today can tell you, the world of youth sports looks a lot different than it did a generation ago. Young children – boys and girls alike – are signing up in droves for team sports like soccer, basketball and lacrosse. Increasingly, these young athletes are being encouraged to commit to a club sport, meaning they may be training in a single sport as many as five days a week. […]

Injuries of the Overused

2017-11-22T09:24:14+00:00August 5th, 2013|Sports Medicine|

As seen in Chicago Health – Summer/Fall 2013 Edition By specializing in a single sport year-round, young athletes are at risk for injury By Eve Becker The three-sport athlete—someone who played soccer in fall, basketball in winter and baseball in spring—used to be the star of youth sports. But […]

Promoting Public Brain Health and Concussion Prevention

2018-07-18T14:59:31+00:00July 18th, 2018|Sports Medicine, Sports Neurology|

The Best Concussion Treatment is Brain Safety Our brains are our most valuable resource, and we should take care of them. With all of the news circulating in the media on the topic of athlete brain health, being extra conscious of how we are treating our brains is key. To ensure the best chance of living a happy and healthy life for as long as possible, we must take precaution. Brain Health for the General Public There are several ways to optimize brain health. Most of these tactics are actually very similar to how we try to stay healthy in other ways. This includes eating healthy, getting regular exercise, and avoiding substances that are toxic to our brains such as [...]

Runner’s Knee Can Stop You In Your Tracks

2017-11-22T09:00:51+00:00January 26th, 2012|Sports Medicine|

If you’re an athlete who takes part in any sport that forces you to regularly bend your knees, you are at risk for runner’s knee. Sports that are usually considered low impact, like bicycling, as well as high impact sports, like basketball, all carry some level of risk to develop the symptoms of Runner’s knee.  […]

Strength Training for Endurance Athletes: By Emily Sluis, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS

2018-08-21T13:53:16+00:00August 13th, 2018|Sports Medicine|

Despite the advancements in our understanding of the role strength training plays in the development and performance of endurance athletes, there are still some myths about the best way to approach improving running-specific strength. Like most longstanding myths, the misunderstandings about strength training come from outdated information that has been passed down throughout the years. One common misconception amongst endurance athletes is that resistance training will cause increased weight gain, resulting in a decrease in running performance. Running - and the optimal balance of volume, intensity, and pace-specific work - will always be the primary focus of a distance runner's training program. Strength training, however, presents a different physiological stimulus, one that includes a host of distinct benefits that running [...]

What IBJI Sports Medicine Specialists Want Parents to Know About Contact Sports and the Risk of Brain Injuries

2017-11-22T10:42:56+00:00April 11th, 2016|IBJI in the News, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Sports Medicine|

A recent story in the Chicago Tribune drew attention to a growing body of research suggesting that young soccer players may be at risk for brain injuries, especially concussions. IBJI’s Dr. Gregory Portland and Dr. David Garelick contacted the Tribune after this important story ran to share additional information for parents and young players. […]

What’s Your Training METHOD?

2018-05-21T13:41:22+00:00May 21st, 2018|OrthoHealth, Physical & Occupational Therapy, Sports Medicine|

Method Testing for Endurance Athletes At IBJI, we have an exercise assessment called “Method Testing”  which allows us to determine a unique metabolic fingerprint for each individual. The basis of metabolic testing is determining what is known as your “lactate threshold,” which is when your body begins to produce lactic acid during movement and exercise. […]