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Stretching and Warm-Up 

Every day in our office we see young children with pain in the knee or ankle.  This is frequently due to too many hours in a running or jumping activity.  We often find problems with the child’s sports training.  Two of the most common errors are a lack of stretching and failure to properly warm-up. This should be both the athlete’s and the coach’s responsibility.

 Lets begin with stretching.  At rest, our muscles and tendons shorten.  We are stiff when we first get up in the morning and subconsciously stretch just to get moving.  The child’s bone grows faster than the muscles and tendons, which compounds the problem.  Stretching helps reset our muscles to the proper length, allowing our joints to have a full range of motion, enhancing athletic performance. Stretching also allows the bones and muscles to share in the shock absorption that occurs during activities.

 Stretching should be a part of every sport.  Coaches should monitor and enforce a stretching program for all participants. Teaching young athletes how to stretch and allowing time to do so will result in fewer injuries and overuse problems.  Point out to the children how professional athletes stretch before competition.

 What about warming up? The warm up begins with slow and gentle motions and gradually increases in speed and intensity.  This increases the circulation to the muscle, tendons, and joints, preparing the body for the physical demand of the sport. Warming up prevents muscle strains, ligament injuries, tendonitis, and joint injuries.

 Let’s teach our children to be healthy and have fun by preventing injuries through proper warm-up and stretching.  For an appointment for a consultation about your orthopaedic needs, call M&M ORTHOPAEDICS, LTD. to be seen at any of our five convenient clinical locations.  We are members of the Midwest Orthopaedic Network.  New patients are welcome.

 M&M Orthopaedics, Ltd. is committed to providing personalized and comprehensive orthopaedic care that strives to exceed the expectations of the communities that they serve.
 The group is composed of 19 physicians and 6 physician assistants.  Areas of expertise and services include:  general orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine, pediatric orthopaedics, hand surgery, spine surgery, podiatry, physical medicine and rehabilitation, physical and occupational therapy, and pain management.  M&M Orthopaedics, Ltd., has offices in Downers Grove, Naperville, Aurora, Oakbrook Terrace, and Lemont.  Call 630-968-1881 for an appointment.

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Since 1978, M & M Orthopaedics has provided state-of-the-art care and treatment for musculoskeletal health. All of our physicians are Board Certified in their specialty. Our staff includes 16 orthopaedic surgeons, 2 podiatrists, 1 physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, and 6 physician assistants, all treating a wide variety of problems.

Our specializations include general orthopaedics, fracture care for children and adults, sports medicine, joint reconstruction, hand, spine, foot and ankle, arthroscopic surgery, and pediatric orthopaedics.