Drinking too much water, even when dehydrated, can be hazardous to your health

Omni Kumar hits a backhand groundstroke during his match against Stefan Dostanic at the 2022 Fighting Illini Open. Professional athletes like Kumar, soldiers, and outdoor laborers performing strenous work can quickly become dehydrated on hot summer days. Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

by Paul Arco
OSF Healthcare

Don’t drink just water. Sports drinks like Powerade and Gatorade, as well as coconut water and cow's milk are full of electrolytes.
ROCKFORD - When it’s hot outside, people tend to reach for the water. But too much of a good thing can be a problem.

It’s called water intoxication and it’s making news. Recently, a young woman died from drinking too much water in a short amount of time, and a young boy was hospitalized after doing the same thing.

"Water intoxication comes from drinking too much water," says Elizabeth Clay, a nurse practitioner with OSF HealthCare. "And it can lead to some severe symptoms. You can get a headache, disorientation, confusion, nausea, vomiting – it can even be fatal.”

Other serious symptoms include muscle weakness, increased blood pressure and double vision.

"The amount of water that a person should consume is going to be individualized," says Clay. "But overall, your kidneys can only handle so much. And that's between 0.8 and one liter. So, you really don't want to be taking in more than that per hour in water.”

Water intoxication can affect anyone. But it’s a problem that is especially common in people who participate in sporting events, military training or working outside.

"Dehydration can play a major role in water intoxication because when a person feels that they're getting dehydrated, they may try to overcompensate and may drink too much water at one time, and your body can't handle that," says Clay. "So, you'll start to get these symptoms whether it's nausea, vomiting, confusion – just disruption of your brain activity – and that comes from that depletion of sodium. And so, your cells inside your brain are holding on to that water and it causes swelling inside your brain and that can lead to some serious complications.”

Clay suggests taking frequent swallows throughout the day rather than chugging a bottle of water at once. Also, eat a healthy diet to get the needed electrolytes. And don’t drink just water. Sports drinks like Powerade and Gatorade, as well as coconut water and cow's milk are full of electrolytes.

There are no guidelines as to how much water a person needs each day. Some people still follow the 8x8 rule, which recommends drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Still, it depends on certain factors like body weight, the amount of physical activity you get and the climate where you live.

"So, if you can, stay indoors and out of the sun during this hot weather," says Clay. "But if you must be outside – if you've got training or some sort of physical activity that maybe your job or work requires – just want to make sure that you're getting those electrolytes and that water that you need. Just don't overdo it.”

If you begin to experience symptoms after drinking too much water, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Illinois volleyball season opens season against EIU in a free exhibition match

CHAMPAIGN – The Fighting Illini volleyball team will start their 2023-24 season on August 16 at Huff Hall in an exhibition contest against Eastern Illinois University. The match, which is free general public, will start at 6 p.m.

Illinois' regular season play starts on August 26 at Northern Illinois University. After the road opener on Saturday, the Illini hosts their first home contest three days later against Valparaiso at 6 p.m. on August. 29.

The Illini will enjoy the services of nine veteran players and six newcomers this season. American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) all-region selection Raina Terry and Big Ten All-Freshman Team honoree Brooke Mosher return to the squad led by head coach Chris Tamas, who starts his seventh season at the helm.

2023 season tickets are on sale now and can be reserved online by following this link here.

Quick getaway dog-friendly beach destinations you both will love

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Outer Banks welcomes pups to play on the sand and in the waves. Dogs must be leashed, and leashes should not be longer than 10 feet.
by Kim Salerno

Wake Forest, NC - Most pets love the beach as much as their pet parents do.

Fortunately, if you’re looking for a beach vacay you and your furry kid will both enjoy, there are plenty of pet-friendly options to choose from.

We’ve compiled a list of ten of our favorites - in no particular order, along with the reasons we love these beaches, and a few of the best local pet-friendly accommodations. All of the accommodations are either oceanfront or a short walk to the beach, and we included a range of prices and types. Choose your favorite, and head out for some surf, sand, and sun!

Atlantic Beach, NC

This cozy beach, located in scenic coastal North Carolina, is an ideal spot to bring your pooch for some fun in the sun. Dogs are welcome to come and play year round on the main strand. However, they’re not allowed to venture further than 20 feet from the shore in lifeguard-protected areas. Besides the beach, there are pet-friendly breweries, restaurants, and attractions, such as the Fort Macon State Park, a Civil War memorial that features nature trails, guided tours, and its own beach area.

Places to stay

Atlantis Lodge

This resort is one of our favorite pet-friendly places to stay. Atlantis welcomes dogs and cats are welcome at this beachfront establishment. Upon check-in, dogs are greeted with local gourmet treats. On the beach, pets are provided with their own lounge chairs and umbrellas, and also have their own pet wash station. A bonus pet amenity is an on-site dog park!

There is a per-night pet fee and a limit of two pets per room, but there are no weight or breed restrictions.

Doubletree by Hilton Atlantic Beach

This beachfront Doubletree hotel offers amazing views and plenty of beach area to explore with your pet. They also have a beachside bar and grill for beachfront dining with your furkid. Waterfront rooms with balconies allow you and your pet to chillax while taking in the seabreeze, sounds of the waves, and breathtaking ocean views

The hotel charges a per-stay pet fee. Up to two pets are allowed per room, and there is a 50 pound weight limit.

Find more pet-friendly places to stay in Atlantic Beach, NC.

South Padre Island, TX

If you’re looking for a pet-friendly beach, you can’t do better than South Padre Island in Texas. The entire Padre Island National Seashore welcomes pets at nearly every beach and park, both onshore and in the water, as long as they are leashed. The area also features pet-friendly shops, events, and even boat rides.

Places to stay

La Quinta by Wyndham South Padre Island Beach

Nestled on the Gulf of Mexico, La Quinta’s beachfront South Padre Island location features free breakfast, an in-room kitchen so you can comfortably prepare your own meals, and room service in case you’d rather just relax. Either way, you can dine in with your pet, and enjoy a hotel-provided movie or show together afterwards. 

Dogs and cats are welcome, with no breed restrictions. The hotel does have a weight restriction of 75 pounds, and charges a per-night pet fee.

Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island

The beachfront Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island is just 492 feet from the Gulf of Mexico, so you and your pet can easily step out to the beach to enjoy the surf. The hotel offers 24-hour front desk service, so if you need something, you don’t have to leave your hotel room. Rooms feature balconies with full or partial ocean views, which you and your pooch can enjoy together as you relax with a cup of coffee or tea.


Both dogs and cats are welcome here. There are no breed restrictions, but there is a 75 pound weight limit, and the hotel requires a per-stay pet fee.

Find more pet-friendly places to stay in South Padre Island.

Portland, ME

Portland, Maine is not the first place you’d think of for a beach getaway, but the Portland area actually has a wealth of beautiful beaches, and many if not most are pet friendly. Each beach offers a bit of a different experience. Peaks Island is a quaint and charming spot that’s slow-paced, quiet, and ideal for enjoying the scenery. Higgins beach is perfect for beach combing or kayaking. If you enjoy history, head to Cape Elizabeth Beach, where you can tour a variety of lighthouses and experience New England charm. Willard Beach is a small sand-and-pebble beach where you can go for a swim and watch the lobster boats as they go out and come in. East End Beach is a popular spot located in the heart of the city. Portland is a pet-friendly destination, and dogs are very welcome on beaches, but they must be on leashes at certain times of the year.

Places to stay

Westin Portland Harborview

Tucked into the charming Portland city center arts and shopping district, the beautiful and historic Westin Portland Harborview offers access to dining, shops, and the harbor. Plush Marriott bedding will keep you and your pooch comfortable, while spacious windows offer a stunning city view you will both enjoy. 

Pets 50 pounds and under are welcome, and up to 2 pets are allowed.

Aloft Portland Maine

Situated within walking distance (or a short drive) from some of Portland’s best attractions, Aloft Portland Maine offers an array of great amenities pet parents will love, including a concierge service, room service, a restaurant, and a pet welcome package upon arrival - which includes Aloft-branded bed and bowl + complimentary treats and toys. The icing on the cake is that they are only a short walk to Portland's East End Beach.

The hotel has a limit of two pets, a weight limit of 50 pounds, and a per-stay pet fee.

Find more pet-friendly places to stay in Portland, ME.

Nags Head, NC

This gem of a beach locale, located in North Carolina’s scenic and pristine Outer Banks, welcomes pups to play on the sand and in the waves. Dogs must be leashed, and leashes should not be longer than 10 feet. You and your pooch can also explore the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, and the nearby Wright Brothers Memorial together.

Places to stay

Sun Realty Vacation Rentals

If you’re looking for a place to hang your hat in Nags Head, Sun Realty Vacation Rentals has what you need. Choose from a variety of charming, picturesque oceanfront beach homes, some of which are just minutes from dog-friendly beaches.

Pet-friendly properties allow up to two well-trained dogs, and sometimes allow cats as well. A pet deposit is required for professional flea control. Pets are not allowed in property hot tubs or pools.

Stan White Vacation Rentals

Stan White Vacation Rentals boasts 80 pet-friendly vacation homes in Nags Head and the surrounding area. Rental options range from cozy one-bedroom accommodations to 10-bedroom villas, and offer everything from simple pleasures, to full amenities, to luxury stays. Pet-friendly amenities include fenced-in yards and easy access to pet-friendly beaches and hiking trails.

Properties allow up to two adult, well-trained dogs. Some properties may have breed or weight restrictions. A per-stay pet fee is required.

Find more pet-friendly places to stay in Nags Head.

Find more pet-friendly places to stay in Nags Head.

Hollywood, FL

Want to head to a beach that’s beautiful, tropical, and warm all year, without ever leaving the country? Dog Beach of Hollywood is the perfect Florida getaway for you and your pet. Dogs are welcome on the beach as long as they are leashed. You can also visit the Yellow Green Farmer’s Market, the Topeekeegee Yugnee Park, or one of several Hollywood dog parks.

Places to stay

Costa Hollywood Beach Resort

This Florida resort is condo-style luxury hotel that offers you your own seaside retreat. Just a short walk from Hollywood Beach and the Hollywood Beach Boardwalk, the hotel offers a kitchenette in every room for easy in-room dining, a private beach with two chairs and towels provided so you and your pup can relax on the sand or play in the waves, and 24/7 concierge service so you can find all of the pet-friendly activities in the area. 

Up to two pets, dogs or cats, are allowed, with a pet weight limit of 75 pounds. There is a per-stay pet fee, and pets are not allowed in the room unattended.

Hollywood Beach Suites and Hotel

This popular pet-friendly hotel is an affordable option that offers a lot of bang for your buck. Located just a minute or two from Hollywood Beach and the Boardwalk, the vibrant, beachy decor is quintessential Florida, while the mini-kitchen and comfy beds will make you and your furkid feel right at home. There’s even a designated potty area for pet guests.

Bring up to two pets, dogs or cats, as long as they are 25 pounds or less. There is a per-visit pet fee. Pets are allowed to stay in the rooms unsupervised, and the hotel provides a designated potty area.

Find more pet-friendly places to stay in Hollywood, FL.

Jekyll Island, GA

There are several different beaches on Georgia’s Jekyll Island, and each has something a little different to offer you and your pooch. You can also explore the island on a pet-friendly hiking trail, or even take a dog-friendly dolphin tour! Dogs are allowed on most beaches, however, pets are restricted from a specific area designated for the protection of sea turtles and migratory birds. Pets must be under their parents’ direct control, and pet parents must dispose of their pet’s waste.

Places to stay

Hampton Inn Jekyll Island

Who doesn't love Hampton? This Jekyll Island Hampton Inn features a boardwalk that leads straight to the beach for easy enjoyment of sand and sun, free breakfast, so you can dine in with your pet in the morning, and a balcony/terrace so you can enjoy the scenic hotel views together. The hotel even offers canoeing, so you can paddle out with your pup!

Two pets are allowed per room. Cats and dogs are welcome, and there is no breed restriction. There is a weight restriction of 75 pounds, and the hotel does charge a per-stay pet fee.

Holiday Inn Resort Jekyll Island

Rooms at the Jekyll Island Holiday Inn boast a stunning ocean view, which you can enjoy with your pet on the balcony or terrace. The hotel offers easy access to nearby hiking trails, so you can explore the island together, and convenient food delivery, so you can share meals together in your room.

Dogs and cats are welcome, with no weight restrictions The hotel does provide a designated pet potty area, and pets are allowed in rooms unattended. A per-night pet fee is required.

Find more pet-friendly places to stay in Jekyll Island, GA.

Key West, FL

Famed for its laid-back vibe, its vintage Florida charm, and its position as the southernmost point in the United States - and the only place in the U.S. that boasts colorful sunrises and sunsets, Key West is also a paradise for pooches. Leashed dogs are welcome on the island’s beaches, and some beaches will allow unleashed dogs as long as they’re under voice control. The most popular off-leash beach is notably named “Dog Beach.”

Places to stay

Havana Cabana

Visit this Caban-inspired paradise with your pet and you won't be disappointed. This waterfront pet-friendly resort is a short jaunt to three awesome dog-friendly beaches. While at the Havana Cabana, pets are welcome to dine with you in their outdoor restaurant. In addition, pets are welcome in the tiki hut, resort shuttle, game areas and pool area (as long as they stay out of the pool). Upon check-in, pets are greeted with a Sandy Paws Doggie Bag - complete with dog biscuits, poop bags, water bowl, and mat.

The hotel welcomes both dogs and cats, with no breed restriction. There is a 50 pound weight limit, and a required per-stay pet fee. Up to two pets are allowed. 

Reach Key West Curio Collection

This popular pet-friendly resort is a breezy, yet luxurious way to enjoy your stay in Key West. This beachfront hotel features private balconies so you and your pet can take in the sunrise–or sunset. Explore Reach Key West Curio's extensive private beach together, or head out into the waves together for an onsite canoe ride.

The hotel only allows dogs, and only up to 25 pounds. There is a per-night pet fee.

Find more pet-friendly places to stay in Key West, FL.

Huntington Beach, CA

Huntington Beach is known as one of the country’s most pet-friendly beaches, and for good reason. There are off-leash beaches to explore, a giant dog park in the center of town to play in, dog-themed events to attend, and even doggie surfing lessons available so he can learn how to hang ten. When he’s had enough lessons, he can participate in the yearly dog surfing competition!

Places to stay

Kimpton Shorebreak Huntington Beach Resort

Kimpton is one of our favorite pet-friendly hotel chains, and Kimpton Shorebreak does not disappoint. This oceanfront hotel provides loaned plush pet beds, food bowls, water bowls, and a concierge list of local pet-friendly restaurants, shops, and activities. The hotel also offers food delivery and laundry services, so you can stay in and relax with your pooch.

There are no pet restrictions–if your pet fits through the door, it’s welcome. There are no pet fees, and there is no limit on how many pets you can bring. 

The Waterfront Beach Resort A Hilton Hotel

Located just a short walk away from Huntington Dog Beach, the Waterfront Beach Resort is awash in pet-friendly amenities. Pet guests are given a welcome package with treats, a pet bed, waste bags, and a pet-friendly information packet. Leashed pets are allowed in all public areas of the hotel, even poolside (just not inside the pool), and one onsite restaurant boasts a doggie menu.

Pets are more than welcome; there is a per-pet, per-day fee and a 75 pound weight limit.

Find more pet-friendly places to stay in Huntington Beach, CA.

Seaside, OR

This Oregon destination guarantees a fun-filled beach getaway for people and pooches alike. Seaside welcomes dogs to play in the sand and surf - unleashed! In addition to pet-friendly beaches, you can walk along the Prom with your furkid, or hike with them along Tillamook Head. Pet parents must remain attentive to their pets, clean up after them, and practice discernment as to when and whether to have them off-leash.

Places to stay

Coast River Inn by OYO Seaside

Located along the Necanicum River, just a short walk from the Seaside Carousel Mall, Coast River Inn offers rooms with kitchenettes, making dining in with your pet easy and convenient Many rooms also have a river view, which you can enjoy together on a balcony or terrace.

Up to two pets–dogs or cats–are welcome, with no weight restrictions, and pets may be left unattended in rooms. A per-night pet fee is required.

Kathryn Riverfront Inn Ascend Hotel Collection

Situated at the end of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, on the banks of the Necanicum River, The Kathryn Riverfront Inn is an Oregon treasure. There’s easy access to charming shops and restaurants right in the heart of downtown Seaside. In addition, the beach is within walking distance, so whether you and your pet are up for people-watching, shopping, or strolling on the beach together, you can do it all easily from Kathryn Riverfront.

One dog up to 50 pounds is welcome to stay with you.There is a per-night pet fee.

Find more pet-friendly places to stay in Seaside, OR.

Hilton Head Island, SC

Hilton Head Beach is the perfect place for you and your pet to run and play...or relax and do nothing at all. The spectacular Lowcountry beaches are warm and inviting year round, and they welcome four-legged visitors. The island has its own double-gated dog park where your furry kid can safely play.

Places to stay

Beach Properties of Hilton Head

Beach Properties offers select properties for vacationers looking to stay a while with their pets. Their properties are clean, beautiful, and full of beachside charm, and they are very pet-friendly. Pet-friendly walking trails, restaurants, and activities can be easily accessed from each property.

Dogs are welcome and there is a non-refundable pet deposit.

Best Western Ocean Breeze Inn

This Best Western is an economical way to enjoy your stay at Hilton Head beach. Given that it's not directly on the beach, the rates are very budget friendly. However, the beach is only a quick 7 minute walk away! Plus, Enjoy a free full breakfast - that you can take back to your room and enjoy your pet if you like. In the afternoon you and your pup can kickback and enjoy barbequing at one of the hotels' outdoor grilling stations.

Up to two pets are welcome. Pet weight limit is 55 pounds. There is a per-night pet fee.

Find more pet-friendly places to stay in Hilton Head Island, SC.

There are a number of other pet-friendly beach getaway options. Head out to one of these or pick another destination. Just get out there and enjoy the surf, sand and ocean breeze with your doggo by your side.

Kim Salerno is CEO/Founder for TripsWithPets, Inc. TripsWithPets is a leader in the pet travel industry – providing online reservations at pet-friendly hotels across the United States and Canada.

Guest Commentary | Life is always changing

by Glenn Mollette, Guest Commentator

No doubt life is always changing. If you don’t like the weather it will change, eventually. It’s been hot most all over but cooler weather will come. In most of the country, cooler weather will be welcomed sooner rather than later.

An Arizona friend told me last week, “One hundred degrees is actually nice in our area. One hundred and twenty degrees is unbearable.” Across our country, Europe and Asia record temperatures have been recorded and for the longest periods of time.

When it’s icy cold weather we hope and wish for warm weather. The problem in many of our areas is that we don’t have much moderately cool weather or moderately warm. It seems to either be blazing hot or freezing cold.

It’s hard to be satisfied. We get too hot and then we get too cold. Triple digit heat is insane and so is below zero. No one wants either one.

Have you ever been satisfied with your Ife? When were you satisfied? Were you happy when your parent was telling you what to do and how to live? Do you still have them telling you what to do? The day comes when they are no longer around. Most likely you didn’t take as much advice from them as you should have.

We don’t pay much attention to old people when we are young but we wish we had. They knew more than us but we thought we knew everything. We now know how smart they were. We learn the hard way and by the time we figure it out life has greatly changed.

Life is always changing. Children grow into adults. Our bodies change. We get old if we are very fortunate and blessed.

If possible, try to be happy and content today with what you have, where you are and what you are doing. Life changes and while it may get better and better, it can always become worse.

Enjoy the sunshine and enjoy the rain. Enjoy the car ride or sitting in your swing. Enjoy whatever labor you have to do. The time is coming when all will be through. Live your life the best you can and there will be times you don’t understand. So, make your schedule, make your plans and always do the best you can. After all is said and done, it’s all in God’s hands.


He is the author of 13 books including UncommSense, the Spiritual Chocolate series, Grandpa's Store, Minister's Guidebook insights from a fellow minister. His column is published weekly in over 600 publications in all 50 states. The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily representative of any other group or organization. We welcome comments and views from our readers. Submit your letters to the editor or commentary on a current event 24/7 to editor@oursentinel.com.



47,000 Illinois residents have lost Medicaid benefits

by Mike Moran
Illinois News Connection

Medicaid re-determination will happen on a rolling basis through mid-2024, meaning not everyone will lose eligibility at once.
CHICAGO - Millions of Medicaid recipients are losing coverage as the program's pandemic-era Continuous Enrollment Provision unwinds. In Illinois, the number could reach close to three-quarters of a million, even if many are still eligible for benefits.

In just the first month since states started to whittle down their Medicaid rolls, more than 47,000 people in Illinois have lost coverage. They may still qualify, but simply failed to re-enroll in time to avoid a coverage lapse or didn't respond to the government's request for information.

Marcus Robinson, UnitedHealthcare's president of markets for the indivicual and family plan business, said suddenly losing coverage can be frightening, but it also disrupts the doctor-patient relationship.

"And keeping access to that relationship for your overall well-being is really important," he said. "Regular doctor's visits for yourself or your family, of course - you can continue to obtain your preventive care, critical screenings."

Robinson said disrupting that relationship means at-risk patients could fail to manage chronic conditions or miss emerging illnesses. He added that UnitedHealthCare has online tools to help people determine if they are still Medicaid-eligible, and offers options if they're not.

People were not required to prove Medicaid eligibility during the pandemic, but now that is changing. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has said to avoid a "coverage cliff," Medicaid re-determination will happen on a rolling basis through mid-2024, meaning not everyone will lose eligibility at once. But UnitedHealthCare's Robinson said people who do lose coverage can still access health insurance, because losing Medicaid allows them coverage options outside of a normal enrollment period.

"It's determined you are not longer eligible for Medicaid - well, that's a loss of coverage," he said, "and that allows you a qualifying event to enroll in the individual exchange marketplace. "

The individual exchange marketplace is online at healthcare.gov.

Ready to play pickleball? Check the lights on the dashboard

Photo: Brendan Sapp/Unsplash

by Tim Ditman
OSF Healthcare

The popularity of Pickleball, the tennis-like sport that made a comeback in 2023, continues to grow, attracting older adults who want to enjoy a low-impact physical activity with family and friends. But as people flock to the courts for a fun workout and social interaction, healthcare experts are taking notice of an unintended consequence.

A recent report from financial services company UBS says pickleball injuries could cost Americans $250-$500 million in medical costs in 2023.

While the news shouldn’t scare older adults away from physical activity, it’s a reminder that people in their golden years need to take greater care during workouts than their younger counterparts, says James Murphy, MD, an OSF HealthCare orthopedic surgeon.

"We’re not all sixteen years old anymore," Dr. Murphy says with a smile.

Pickleball basics

Dr. Murphy says racket sports like pickleball involve a lot of side-to-side movement, bending and arm swings. Injuries like tendonitis, bone fractures in the wrist or hip, muscle tears and strains and even concussions can follow.

Before picking up pickleball or another sport as a hobby, older adults need to check the lights on the dashboard, so to speak.

"You want to see your internal medicine physician. Make sure your heart and everything else are good for strenuous activity," Dr. Murphy says.

People with a bad back or shoulder should also consider skipping the hard workout. If your health care provider advises so, try another, less taxing sport like golf. Or just take a walk around the neighborhood.

On game day, a good warm-up is a must, Dr. Murphy says. Gone are the recommendations for static stretches like touching your toes. Instead, look into dynamic warm-ups. You’ll see high school and college athletes take this approach in the minutes before a game.

"They’ll do a series of movements," Dr. Murphy explains. "Skipping-type exercises. Twisting exercises.

"The idea is you’re firing all your muscle groups. Getting the blood flowing to those muscles so they’re not more prone to injury when you start to compete."

Wear proper clothing, too. A knee or ankle brace may be part of the attire, as advised by a provider.

And then remember - it’s a game. You’re there to have fun.

"Going for every point like it’s the final at Wimbledon isn’t a good idea," Dr. Murphy jokes.

"It’s meant to be for exercise and enjoyment. There’s nothing less enjoyable than a torn Achilles tendon or a low back strain," he adds.


After a pickleball game, Dr. Murphy advises not to jump right in the car. Take a short walk as a cool-down.

If you are injured, go to an urgent care for minor things like abrasions, strains and sprains. A call to 9-1-1 is needed for more serious concerns: chest pain, shortness of breath, a head or eye injury, a broken bone, a dislocated joint, a major wound or sudden dizziness, weakness or loss or balance. Choose an ambulance over driving yourself to the hospital. Seconds matter, and the ambulance can begin treating you at the scene.

"Don’t ignore things," Dr. Murphy advises.

"If you tweak your shoulder playing pickleball, get it checked out. There’s no reason not to. Get a quick X-ray and physical exam. Doctors can tell you, ‘you just strained a muscle group’ or it might be more serious. But you want to know before you do more damage by continuing to participate."

Your provider will come up with a treatment and recovery plan. Dr. Murphy says you may be back on the court in a week or several months depending on the ailment. But don’t push yourself to return and risk re-injury.

About that injury report

Dr. Murphy is quick to point out an omission in the UBS report on pickleball medical costs. It’s one that drives home a key message like a shot to the opposite court.

"People who are active are saving millions of dollars in medical costs by not having diabetes, heart attacks or high blood pressure," Dr. Murphy says.

In other words: be mindful of injury risks, but stay active as you age.

18U/14U junior tennis tournament at Atkins

by Sentinel News Service

URBANA - A one-day co-ed tennis tournament for 14 and 18-year-old players will be held Sunday, August 27, at Atkins Tennis Center in Urbana. The first-year competition, called the Atkins Junior Championships, will be played in an exciting two-person team format.

Each pairing will square off to play a doubles set to start the match. The winning team will receive one point. Then the players will then split to play one singles set against their opponent, with each set victory counting as one point. The team that wins two or more sets wins that match.

Each player is guaranteed three matches with the $45 per player registration fee. Registration is limited and can be done online at atkins.clubautomation.com. Once registered, players need to contact the tournament director with their partner's name. Have a youth player that wants to play and they don't have a partner? The director will pair unattached players.

For more information, contact Larry Magalasin at larrym3@illinois.edu.

New foes for the Illini; Oregon and Washington join the Big Ten Conference

CHAMPAIGN - Yesterday, the Big Ten formally welcomed Oregon and Washington universities into the conference, expanding it to an 18-team super conference, the largest in the history of college football. As the league’s 17th and 18th members, the two schools will begin competing in all sports starting August 2 next year.

The Ducks and Husky programs become the third and fourth Pac-12 members to leave the conference for the Big Ten in the last 13 months. USC and UCLA announced their departures last summer and joined the league fold. The addition of four west coast schools makes the super conference a coast-to-coast revenue generator.

In a statement released this morning, Athletic Director Josh Whitman welcomed Illinois' two new rivals to the Big Ten next year.

"Like Illinois, Oregon and Washington are the flagship universities of their respective states," Whitman said. "They are renowned academic institutions that have long and celebrated histories of excellence at the intersection of higher education and intercollegiate athletics. We are thrilled to have them as peers, colleagues, and competitors."

He added that new athletic rivals will create "unique opportunities for our student-athletes to experience new parts of our country, to compete against the best and brightest from all across the nation, and to develop personal networks in new sectors and locations."

The conference expansion may not be over. Circulating scuttlebutt indicates the Big Ten is also considering adding other programs like Notre Dame, Stanford, California State, or perhaps a school or two from the ACC, according to Brett McMurphy of Action Network.

"College athletics remains in a period of intense disruption. At a time when the Big Ten's voice and influence must be at its strongest, maintaining a robust philosophical alignment among the conference's growing membership has never been more needed," Whitman said. "Oregon and Washington embody the Big Ten's long-held values, and all of us at Illinois look forward to partnering with them on issues large and small in the years ahead."

The Big Ten is big spender in a buyer's market. The conference's media rights revenue is huge. Speculation from ESPN and other sources says the pot of gold for the television rights is around $30 million in 2024 with annual $1 million escalators until the completion of new deals with broadcasters. According to CBS, Oregon and Washington will receive something north of 50% shares of Big Ten media rights revenue until their contracts are renewed. Meanwhile, the other Big Ten members will rake in $60 million or more a year.

Clean-air jobs are growing in Illinois

by Brett Peveto
Illinois News Connection

In Illinois, the average wage for clean-energy workers is a little over $22 an hour.
CHICAGO - A new look at clean-energy jobs in the U.S. shows growth in Illinois and the prospect of greater gains in the future.

The Department of Energy recently released its annual U.S. Energy and Employment report showing clean-energy jobs increased nearly 4% nationally over the last year, faster than the overall rate of job growth in the nation.

Illinois saw more than 3% growth in clean-energy jobs.

Micaela Preskill, Midwest advocate for the group Environmental Entrepreneurs, said the state is poised to see more growth.

"There's a huge variety of jobs and the types of workers and companies in this industry," Preskill pointed out. "And it has lots of promise to continue putting people to work in Illinois, and to really see tremendous growth in the coming years."

She noted the clean energy industry in Illinois supports more than 123,000 jobs.

Jobs in the clean-energy sector include renewable-energy generation, grid modernization and storage, efficiency upgrades, as well as clean vehicle manufacturing. When looking at the clean-energy industry, researchers at E2 have found wages in the sector on average to be above the national median wage and Preskill added it holds true in Illinois.

"In Illinois, the average wage for clean-energy workers is a little over $22 an hour," Preskill reported. "Which is 13% above the state median wage."

The Department of Energy report showed the energy sector nationally has recovered 71% of the jobs lost during the pandemic, but the distribution of jobs has shifted across technologies.

Preskill noted the current DOE report is based on last year's numbers and does not capture the full impact of recent legislation.

"We've tracked 193 projects that will create 66,000 jobs and amount to $84 billion in private investment," Preskill explained. "And that's just looking at the Inflation Reduction Act. We know that there's been expansion in Illinois, in particular the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, and even other federal climate policy."

The state's Climate and Equitable Jobs Act was passed in 2021.

St. Joseph-Ogden soccer schedule set

Champaign - St. Joseph-Ogden's Jackson Greer battles for ball possession in last fall's road soccer game against St. Thomas More. The Spartans, who lost Jackson and 10 seniors in May, will play 11 home games this season at the newly renovated Dick Duval Field this season. SJO finished third in the 2022 Illini Prairie Conference standings with a 4-2 record and 18-5-1 overall.
Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks

2023 SJO Soccer Schedule

8/18/2023 - 5:30 PM Fall Kick-Off-INTRASQUAD SCRIMMAGE Home
08/21/2023* - 4:30 AM @ Oakwood High School AWAY
8/22/2023 - 4:30 PM vs. Argenta Oreana High School Home
08/24/2023* - 4:30 PM vs. Uni High School Home
8/25/2023 - 4:30 PM @ Hoopeston Area High School AWAY
8/26/2023 - 10:00 AM vs. Iroquois West High School Home
8/28/2023 - 4:30 PM @ Schlarman Academy AWAY
8/30/2023 - 4:15 PM @ Meridian High School - A-O Soccer Tourney AWAY
8/31/2023 - 6:00 PM @ Argenta Oreana High School - A-O Soccer Tourney AWAY
9/2/2023 - TBA @ TBA - A-O Soccer Tourney AWAY
9/4/2023 - 4:30 PM vs. Bismarck-Henning High School Home
09/05/2023* - 4:30 PM vs. Fisher High School Home
9/7/2023 - 4:30 PM vs. St. Thomas More High School Home
9/11/2023 - 4:30 PM @ Blue Ridge High School AWAY
9/14/2023 - 4:30 PM @ Olympia High School AWAY
9/16/2023 - 10:00 AM @ Illinois Valley Central High School AWAY
9/19/2023 - 4:30 PM vs. Unity High School Home
9/20/2023 - 4:30 PM vs. Georgetown Ridge Farm High School Home
9/25/2023 - 4:30 PM vs. Champaign Judah Christian High School Home
9/26/2023 - 4:30 PM @ Bloomington Central Catholic High School AWAY
9/28/2023 - 4:30 PM vs. Rantoul High School Home
9/29/2023 - 6:00 PM @ St. Anne High School AWAY
10/2/2023 - 4:30 PM @ Watseka High School AWAY
10/3/2023 - 4:30 PM vs. Monticello High School Home
10/5/2023 - 4:30 PM @ Arthur Lovington High School AWAY

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