Following a routine tonsillectomy at age 13, Sadie Dennison wasn’t quite herself and her observant mom took notice. “I had some complications that made me lose my appetite,” said Sadie. “I got really bony, and as a result my mom noticed that my shoulders looked crooked.” Sadie’s mom, Michelle, who used to work with […]
Don’t be left on the sideline. Get your sports physical now.
Believe it or not, now is the best time for student athletes to get their physicals for the fall sports season. That way, if a medical issue is discovered that needs to be addressed — and 15% to 20% of the time one is found — it gives providers plenty of time to address it […]
Consistency of care helps sisters overcome ACL injuries
A basketball family often includes teammates, coaches and a common goal. For the Tecca sisters, Emma and Rachel, it also includes their physical therapy team at Akron Children’s Hospital who rehabbed their ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears so they were ready to reach their goals in Division I college basketball. “There are a lot of […]
Family, fun and travel await Colette Libertin in retirement
Colette Libertin, pediatric nurse practitioner, comes from a large family. When Colette, the seventh of 8 children, was born, her oldest sister was in nursing school in Dayton, Ohio. Her stories about nursing impressed Colette, who decided to pursue nursing, too. “After college, I only interviewed at Akron Children’s,” Colette said. “When asked where […]
7 ways to beat the stress of competition
Winning is exhilarating. There’s no feeling quite like it when your team’s playing well and beating the competition. Unfortunately, it’s not always fun and games. As with anything in life, losing and some amount of stress are part of almost any competitive sports program. Maybe it’s pressure from the coach or a parent expecting you […]
Concussion research: Q & A with Dr. Congeni
For decades, ice has been used to reduce pain and swelling in muscle injuries and now recently published research by Akron Children’s Hospital has found the same to be true for concussions. “We’re encouraged by the results of our cooling after concussion in teenage athletes pilot study that found cooling the neck and head areas […]
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