Wednesday May 2, 2018

Parent Tip: Active Kids Become Healthy Adults

With child obesity still an epidemic in the U.S. and reams of research showing both the immediate and long-term benefits of youth exercise, it’s the duty of parents today to make movement and activity a part of kids’ lifestyles, says Baraboo physical therapist Jordan Hove.

And the first step in teaching kids to be active, Hove adds, is to be a good role model.

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Monday April 2, 2018

Focus on Strength and Balance Exercises to Prevent Falls

During a time when the U.S. is so focused on reducing the cost of overall medical expenses, Portage physical therapist Mary Rose Strickland shared a staggering number that, according to medical professionals, could be significantly reduced through preventative care: $67.7 billion.

That, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will be the total cost for fall injuries experienced by older Americans (65+) in the year 2020. Medicare and Medicaid will cover about three-quarters of these costs.

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Monday March 5, 2018

Playing multiple sports lead to better, healthier kids

In an era of specialization in sports involving athletes of all ages, DeForest physical therapist Dante Leone joins most medical experts in agreeing that young athletes generally remain mentally and physically healthier, achieve greater success, and learn to enjoy a lifetime of physical fitness when they opt to play multiple sports.

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Wednesday February 7, 2018

Winter Olympics highlight importance of balance and flexibility

As millions marvel at the world’s top competitors performing athletic feats on cold, wet and slippery surfaces during this month’s 2018 Winter Olympics, Baraboo physical therapist Jordan Hove sees an ideal educational opportunity for local athletes and fitness-minded people.

While we watch Alpine skiers speed through difficult downhill courses and figure skaters bound balletically across the ice, Hove sees performances that vividly highlight the importance of two oft-overlooked elements of good fitness and training routines: balance and flexibility.

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Monday January 8, 2018

Use Fitness Apps in 2018…but Use with Caution

As more people continue to turn to health apps on their smartphones to help achieve goals related to exercise and weight loss, it’s important to use such tools with an element of personal caution, says New Life  physical therapist Bryan Cummings.

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