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Nancy W. Knowles Strength + Endurance Lab Group

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Physician-Scientist Visits Congress to Advocate for Patients

Dr. Jayabalan provided insight about the Committee’s focus on advocating for three areas of healthcare reform, including reform to prior authorization — a process requiring approval for treatments and medications by health insurance carriers before a patient receives care.

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Mentees

Meet Mentees from the 2024 Global Sports Mentoring Program Class

Meet Mian Absar Ali of Pakistan and Omar Hegazy of Egypt, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s mentees from the Global Sports Mentoring Program Class of 2024. They recently visited Washington, D.C., to present plans to expand access to adaptive athletics in their home countries.

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Stroke Recovery

Can A Stroke Happen At Any Age?

Read the interview with Richard Harvey, MD, clinical chair of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Brain Innovation Center, about stroke in younger people.

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Richard Harvey, MD

Ask the Expert: Richard Harvey, MD, on Stroke Recovery and Research

In conjunction with American Stroke Month in May, our latest featured expert is Richard Harvey, MD, clinical chair of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Brain Innovation Center. He provides insight about stroke rehabilitation; promising stroke research and innovation; locked-in syndrome (LIS); and more.

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Golf swing

Four Exercises to Improve Your Golf Game

Golf requires greater physical fitness than many people realize. Explore our guide of four exercises to improve your golf game!

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Lauren Henderson

Lauren Henderson’s “My Why”: From Pediatric Patient to OT Practice

Learn more about Lauren Henderson and how she harnesses the emotions — from fear to hope — she felt while a patient into her role as a Shirley Ryan AbilityLab occupational therapist, treating patients who have experienced spinal cord injuries (SCI).

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Kylee DeWitt

A Day in the Life: Kylee DeWitt, Speech-Language Pathologist

Follow along for a day in the life of Kylee DeWitt, a Speech-Language Pathologist at our Streeterville DayRehab Center in Chicago.

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Nutrition & Hydration for Marathon Training

Nutrition & Hydration for Marathon Training

Coming up with a nutrition plan for a marathon can seem like an arduous task, but by breaking it down to the basics and answering some common questions, we hope to set marathon runners up for success.

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April Hickey

Healing Body, Mind & Spirit through Music: Meet Music Therapist April Hickey

April Hickey, MT-BC, describes how Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s Music Therapy Program works and its positive impact on patients.

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Specialized Clinical Services & Spaces

Specialized Clinical Services & Spaces

In addition to our state-of-the-art ability labs — applied therapeutic and research spaces — our facility features other innovative areas designed to help our patients recover.

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Quality of Life Programs

About Our Quality of Life Programs

At Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, we care for patients’ medical needs and help them return to full lives. To meet this goal, we offer a number of programs designed to enhance their quality of life.

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Patient

Child Life Activities Add Comfort & Magic to Hospital Stays

Child Life is a degreed profession dedicated to understanding and minimizing the effects of illness and healthcare on children and their families. Child Life Specialists (CLSs) provide psychological, emotional and developmental support for children and families in healthcare settings, helping them cope through age-appropriate education and play.

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