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    Kmoch “nets” six largemouth bass first day fishing just five months after rotator cuff repair surgery

Kmoch “nets” six largemouth bass first day fishing just five months after rotator cuff repair surgery

No good deed goes unpunished according to the adage.

Unfortunately, Robert Kmoch experienced the maxim firsthand when he and fellow fishing club members were setting a pier as part of their fishing club’s membership obligation. Kmoch slipped while carrying a shovel and landed awkwardly on his left arm. He knew instantly he’d hurt his […]

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    Fractured, displaced humerus is no showstopper for Lewensohn

Fractured, displaced humerus is no showstopper for Lewensohn

You may know a little girl who always wanted a pony, or maybe you were that girl. Sarah Lewensohn was. At a young age, she took lessons and participated in local competitions, but that is as far as her riding went. However, she carried her love of horses and dream of competitive showing through […]

A race against time: Frantz’s passion versus prudence

Since 2008, participation in hiking and backpacking in the United States has increased 62 percent to more than 47 million people. Mark Frantz is one of them having backpacked since the early 1990s among the beauty of the Rockies, Sierras and Teton mountains, as well as the Grand Canyon, Mount Rainier, and many others.

According […]

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    Daily commute gives active businessman, avid golfer an unexpected ride

Daily commute gives active businessman, avid golfer an unexpected ride

Next time you take an escalator, think of Jim Dombro. He rides one at least twice a day in Chicago’s Union Station on his way to and from work. However, one rainy October day on his way home Dombro was walking, not riding, down the escalator when his foot slipped and he fell backward […]

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    Knee replacements, customized care plan have Irwin cheering again from the bleachers and soccer fields

Knee replacements, customized care plan have Irwin cheering again from the bleachers and soccer fields

Kathy Irwin’s weekends are filled with swimming and gymnastic meets, and basketball, soccer, hockey and baseball games. However, they weren’t before Dr. Steven Chudik with the Steven Chudik MD Shoulder, Knee and Sports Medicine Injury Clinic replaced her two arthritic knees. Just the thought of walking across acres of soccer fields over uneven ground, […]

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    Repeated shoulder dislocations and surgeries don’t sideline former rugby player Shawn Bastic

Repeated shoulder dislocations and surgeries don’t sideline former rugby player Shawn Bastic

If you’ve never seen a rugby game, the best way to describe it is football without helmets and pads. As a full-contact sport without protective gear, rugby players are prone to orthopaedic injuries—just ask Shawn Bastic, former University of Illinois—Chicago (UIC) and founding member of the Chicago Riot Rugby Club.

While playing rugby for […]

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    Competitive running, bicycling back on energetic executive’s schedule between work, volunteering

Competitive running, bicycling back on energetic executive’s schedule between work, volunteering

Robert Nutt says he is retired, but his daily planner paints another picture. As president and managing director of Paceline Advisors, a strategic business and financial consulting firm Nutt created after 30 years in corporate finance and operations, he travels constantly and volunteers for three organizations and businesses. His hectic schedule does not leave […]

Santi simultaneously rebuilds his shoulder and his house

Most people in Northern Illinois will remember the winter of 2011 for the Ground Hog Day blizzard. Tony Santi, founder and president of J2 Santi, Inc. custom homebuilding, youth athletic coach and weekend athlete from Western Springs, Ill., recalls it differently. In January that year, Santi slipped on his icy sidewalk. “I reached back […]

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    New ACL arthroscopic procedure by Dr. Steven Chudik lets active kids stay active

New ACL arthroscopic procedure by Dr. Steven Chudik lets active kids stay active

One minute 8-year-old Matt Cesario was sitting atop a swing set with a neighbor and the next he was hanging from the side support brace by his right knee—a twist of fate that spared Matt’s spine and changed the course
of his young life for the next five years.

Matt can’t recall much from […]

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    Bailey overcomes injury, orthopaedic surgery to lead Bolingbrook to first state football title

Bailey overcomes injury, orthopaedic surgery to lead Bolingbrook to first state football title

With barely 5 minutes remaining in the Illinois Class 8A state championship final, the No. 2-rated Bolingbrook High School Raiders trailed the No. 1-rated Loyola Academy Ramblers from Wilmette, 17-14. Junior Bolingbrook quarterback Aaron Bailey was in the toughest game of his life, but one he and his teammates will remember the rest of […]

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    Nagel skates through two orthopaedic surgeries, returns to league play but maybe not snowboarding

Nagel skates through two orthopaedic surgeries, returns to league play but maybe not snowboarding

Teaching your children to snowboard should be a fun and rewarding experience, or so Nick Nagel thought until he found himself planted face down in a snow bank with a shoulder injury. However, it would be a year later with many league hockey games in the record books, as well as elbow surgery, before […]

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    Uncommon knee condition nearly sidelines All American’s lacrosse future, NCAA national championship

Uncommon knee condition nearly sidelines All American’s lacrosse future, NCAA national championship

The last thing a highly recruited high school athlete wants to hear is they are going to miss playing their senior year and potentially lose a Division 1 opportunity because of an injury. That is what Lyons Township (LT) High School football and All American lacrosse standout, Kyle Barrett faced when his left knee […]