Blog - Sports

Ortho Illinois Physicians Work With Chicago Blackhawks, IceHogs

ROCKFORD, Ill. (Sept. 17, 2018) – Dr. Jon Whitehurst, Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel and Dr. Scott Trenhaile orthopedic sports medicine specialists at OrthoIllinois, a leading bone and joint health care provider in northern Illinois, continue their work this year as part of the Chicago Blackhawks medical network. Whitehurst and Van Thiel helped conduct preseason player… read more


River Run races into sixth year

This year’s River Run is just four weeks away, and it happens to be the event’s sixth anniversary. OrthoIllinois started the Labor Day weekend event in 2013 as a unique training opportunity for individuals participating in our Run Right Running Clinic, which aims to improve performance and decrease the risk of injury for runners and… read more


When is it too early for sport specialization?

Before 12 years old. Maybe. A recent article in The American Journal of Sports Medicine tackles (pun intended) an often-asked question in recent years: when is it too early for sport specialization? What does single-sport specialization mean exactly? The article is not saying that it’s potentially bad for an adolescent athlete to play baseball during… read more


How to handle an athlete’s injured finger

A young athlete–we’ll call him Jason–came into our office in November with a significant finger injury. Jason had visited an immediate care clinic where the physician indicated he had injured his finger joint. The finger was splinted and the physician advised him to “follow up with an orthopedic doctor in 2-3 weeks.” Jason’s mom was… read more


Can you return to sports after a total hip replacement?

After your surgery, you will do exercises to strengthen the muscles that support your joints. Strong leg muscles will help you to return to those activities of daily living such as walking, climbing stairs, getting up from a chair and getting into and out of a vehicle. Usually, it takes about 3 months before your… read more


The American Academy of Pediatrics wants to improve safety in youth football

28% of children aged 5-14 play football in the US. On top of that, just over 1 million students play high school football. That’s a lot inspirational speeches, narrow victories and devastating defeats, and tackles. That’s a lot of tackles, which is what concerns the American Academy of Pediatrics. The AAP does acknowledge and the… read more