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NCH sports medicine experts perform free injury screenings

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Northwest Community Healthcare

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (June 11, 2013) -- The warmer weather often motivates people to re-establish an exercise schedule, to connect with friends for recreational weekend activities, or to start training for the summer's competitive sports leagues. However, shortly after lacing up those jogging shoes, taking some practice shots, or tossing a few balls, a sharp muscle pain, "click" of the shoulder, or "pop" in the knee suddenly returns. It's a disappointing reminder of the nagging injury that just won't go away.

The good news is you don't have to be sidelined trying to figure out how to fix that bothersome injury on your own. Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is hosting a free Sports Injury Clinic for anyone seeking expert advice about a sports related injury or sports performance concern. The clinic will be held Monday, June 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the NCH Wellness Center at 900 W. Central Road in Arlington Heights.

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At the clinic, NCH's team of expert physical therapists will take a brief history and perform a physical screening to identify what may be limiting an athlete's physical activity. Attendees are given documented recommendations for follow-up care and encouraged to share findings of the screening assessment with their physician.

The Sports Injury Clinic is just one component of NCH's comprehensive Sports Medicine Program. If the need for a formalized rehabilitation plan arises, these specially trained experts can help athletes age 14 and older return to activity quickly and safely. The goal is to build an athlete's speed, agility, strength and/or endurance.

To reserve a time for a free screening assessment at NCH's Sports Injury Clinic, call 847.618.3575. Appointments are limited. For more information about the Sports Medicine Program and other physical rehabilitation services at NCH, visit www.nch.org.

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About Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH)

Serving Chicago's northwest suburbs since 1959, NCH is a comprehensive, patient-centered system of care that serves more than 350,000 outpatients each year, as well as nearly 30,000 inpatients treated annually at the 496-bed acute care hospital in Arlington Heights. The award-winning hospital holds the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence, is designated as a Primary Stroke Center, earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval in 2011, and was awarded the Leapfrog Group's designation as one of the nation's Top Hospitals based on quality and safety criteria. NCH has four Immediate Care locations in the northwest suburbs and operates a FastCare Clinic in Palatine. NCH has a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians, which includes the board-certified primary care doctors and specialists of the NCH Medical Group. For more information or to find a doctor on the NCH Medical staff, visit www.nch.org.

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