Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute 
Sports Medicine
July 2016
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ImPACT Concussion Testing
Think ahead, sign up your child for a baseline screening, today! 

It's summer now, but fall is right around the corner.  That means sports teams will be starting practices again soon! 
  • The CDC reports that 5-10% of athletes will experience a concussion in any given sport
  • 78% of concussions occur during games
  • CDC studies report that headaches (85%) and dizziness (70-80%) are the most commonly reported symptoms after a concussion

ImPACT Concussion Screenings are available at Achieve Sports Medicine Clinics. 
A screening includes:
  • ImPACT computerized concussion assessment
  • Measures symptoms, processing speeds, reaction time, visual memory, and more. 
  • Our Athletic Trainer will also take your athlete through a SCAT 3 sideline concussion exam so multiple baseline tests are available if a concussion should occur
If you or your team is interested in signing up or learning more about concussion screening, please  contact us for additional details.

Community Corner

Congrats BOOM Football!

Midwest BOOM Football took home 2 National Championships over the last month.  First winning the 7v7 IMG National Championship in Florida; then winning the Pylon Elite 7v7 National Championship in Texas a week later.  We are very proud to be a sponsor of BOOM Football and we can't wait to see what's coming next!


SWARM Summer Camps

Darien SWARM Football and Cheer is holding a Summer Football camp on July 11th-14th for boys and girls ages 5-14!  To view the camp flyer and to register, please   visit their website!

Injury Prevention Workshop
July 28th

Join physical therapist and triathlete Gina Pongetti for this interactive clinic in which you will learn quick, safe and effective ways to reduce common running injuries and prevent them from happening again. This clinic is suitable for all levels, walkers to marathoners! RSVP required.


One of Achieve's owners, Robert "Bob" Johnson will be riding around Lake Superior starting in August to help raise support and awareness for Operation Walk Chicago!  For more information and to donate, please visit the donation page.


Tri Right 101 Ride

Join Tri Right on Sunday, September 18th for their 7th annual 101 Ride to support breast cancer research!  Choose from routes ranging from 27-101 miles.  For more information and to register, please visit the webpage.


Want to give your club a shout out ?  Let us know!

The Common Injuries of Swimming
What they are and how to avoid them 

Taylor Millican, PT, DPT, ART-Cert.
Sports Medicine Physical Therapist
Endurance Sports Medicine Specialist

Swimming is a fantastic cardiovascular and total body conditioning activity and sport for all ages. It is one of the few activities that can be participated in for a lifetime! While swimming is non-impact and non-traumatic activity, many injuries can occur due to overtraining/overuse and stroke compensations. 
The most affected joint from swimming is fairly obvious: the shoulder. The shoulder is the most complex joint in the body. It has the most range of movement and can move in all planes of motion.  However, it is poorly stabilized by bone. Soft tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament, capsule) is what keeps the arm (humerus) in the socket (glenoid). The rotator cuff, made of four muscles, is designed to help stabilize the humerus in the glenoid but often is weak because of a lack of focus on strength and stability in dry land.  This can then lead to impingement with overhead activities due to lack of downward control on the arm, as well as poor posture common in adolescent swimmers. Tightness through the front of the shoulder and chest can also further pull the humerus forwarding the glenoid predisposing impingement issues overhead. An imbalance in strength between the posterior scapular (shoulder blade) muscles and anterior chest muscles often cause anterior/forward predisposition as well.


Taylor is available for scheduling in both Sports Med Clinics:

7055 High Grove Blvd.
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
630 371 1623

1315 Macom Dr. Suite 105
Naperville, IL 60564
630 369 8585

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Q&A With Lyons Swim Club Head Coach Casey Hnatiuk

We sat down with Lyons Swim Club's Head Coach, Casey Hnatiuk, to pick his brain about himself, his thoughts on injuries in swimming, and a couple of his training tips.
Achieve:  Tell us about yourself- personal swim history, coaching history, and where you are now, what your focus is.

Casey:  I started swimming as a seven year old in swim lessons because my mom couldn't swim, and she didn't want me to drown. I was a decent swimmer, pretty solid at the High school level, and instead of continuing to swim in college, I decided to join the Army. That is where I learned my first coaching style. Lots of high intensity, high energy, hammering style of coaching. I first started coaching in Hobart, IN for the Tiger Sharks, and was also the Head Coach of the Boys and Girls team. I experienced a decent amount of success, coaching athletes who set team records, qualified for State, Coach of the year honors, etc. From there, I went to Union Township where I coached for 6 years. While there, I achieved a new level of success as I coached state champions on both the age group and high school side, while completely rewriting the record books. Not knowing it at the time, but an athlete I coached at Union Township from the age of 9-13 just made the Olympic Team this year. From Union, I joined Lyons Swim Club, now Lyons Aquatics, and have been the Head coach for the past 7 years. Athletes from our club have gone on to great success in both swimming and life. I've coached Olympic Trial swimmers, Senior and Junior National level swimmers, and once again completely rewrote the record books. As the years have gone by, my focus in coaching has gone from a very large yardage based program, with some sprinting, to a very race pace focused, minimal yardage, fast swimming program. This change in focus has decreased the amount of overuse injuries on our club, and has also led to very fast swimmers. The Lyons Township High School boys' team, of which all of the boys swam or currently swim for me, won the High School State Championship this past year for the first time ever.

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5 Reasons Your Injury Isn't Healing and How to Get Better, Stat
Dr. Joanna Zeiger's interview of Gina Pongetti, MPT

Dr. Zeiger:  What is the most important piece of advice you give to athletes who are coming to you with a long term injury?
Gina Pongetti:  Long term, or chronic injuries, are the hardest for athletes to deal with. For many reasons, often athletes do not seek medical help or opinion until it progresses to a more complicated treatment protocol, as well as after compensations have already taken place. This means complete rehabilitation includes treating the compensatory patterns as well as restoring biomechanics. The advice that I give them for the future is to be aware when patterns start, and when pain lingers, and do something about it the acute stages, not trying to treat yourself or "hope" that it will go away. When they are in treatment, the focus of my advice giving is two fold. First, be patient with the process, it may take as long to fix as it took to create.  Second, most likely we will have to unravel the compensatory patterns and fix secondary issues as well as find the primary issue...and this takes time. If you want your Achilles to feel better for next week, we can make that happen. If you want to make sure that the 6 months that you have had pain this round, and the four times it has happened in the past doesn't occur again, then we have to peel the layers to determine cause and effect. 
Dr. Zeiger:  When you've worked on an athlete for a prolonged period of time and they don't recover, at what point do you suspect that the injury has been misdiagnosed and what do you recommend?
Gina Pongetti:  There are 5 reasons why people do not recover:

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