Football season may only last a few months, but Chicago Bears excitement lives on all year round at Lurie Children’s! The Chicago Bears Gym, located on the fourth floor of the hospital, offers a dedicated space for patients to take part in physical and occupational therapy sessions.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to provide a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere for treatment,” said Cheryl Patrick, Director of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. “The Chicago Bears themed features appeal to patients of all ages and encourage them to go that extra mile in their sessions.”
Gavin, age 5, (pictured above) visits the Chicago Bears Gym twice a month for sessions with his occupational therapist, Lee Ryan. The elements of the gym are crucial to Gavin’s progress as he works on fine motor control, eye/hand coordination and activities of daily living, among other areas.
Here’s a rundown of the critical role the gym plays for Gavin and other Lurie Children’s patients:
- The magnetic figures on the gym’s football field help patients with their fine motor skills.
- The Bears jerseys and shoes on-hand allow patients to practice dressing and tying their shoes.
- A Chicago Bears board and football bean bags help patients with core strengthening exercises.
- Small squeezable footballs help children whose hands have stiffened due to cancer treatments.
- Other Bears memorabilia serves as incentives for patients to reach some of their more challenging goals. Bears caps are popular among patients with cancer who have lost their hair during treatment.
Thanks to the Chicago Bears gym, every patient leaves a champion!
Now, you have the chance to be a champion for our patients. Join Chicago Bears player Peanut Tillman and other Chicago sports legends for Champions for Children’s, presented by Play it Safe with Kohl’s, on November 14. Purchase your tickets here.