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The Sports Enthusiast's Official Resource for Fitness, Nutrition, Injury Prevention and Treatment
622 Episodes
Fasting for 24 hours? Different types of intermittent fasting and who should be doing it. With Karen Malkin, Board Certified Health and Nutrition Coach. Karen helps to explain what intermittent fasting is and the healthiest way to go about it. She explains how a person can work up to longer intermittent fasting times and how to begin if you are interested.Ask the Doctor segment: Dr. Cole answers questions from listeners- Why does my back hurt when I do sit-ups? What is the difference between shoulder separation and dislocation? Is it bad to get out of a sling/cast early after surgery?
Dr. Alex Bendersky, Director of Rehabilitation at Ivy Rehab Physical Therapy, explains the focus on Orthopedics for Ivy Rehab. He explains a high vs. low value physical therapy session, and the importance of patient compliance after procedures.  Visit to learn more.Listen to the interview segment with Dr. Robert Spiro, Senior Vice President of Biologics, Development, Scientific, and Clinical Affairs of Aesculap Biologics. He explains why damaged cartilage is difficult to heal, why it’s important to treat, and the current ongoing clinical Novocart trial that analyzes cartilage growth and use during surgery. Visit for more info.Ask the Doctor segment: Dr. Cole answers questions from listeners. Leg press injuries, open vs close chain exercises, cord blood banking, muscle soreness after exercise, and nutrition post-workout are all the topics covered.
Golfing Season is Near: How to prepare and what the GolfTec facility has to offer: Congratulations to TJ Sullivan, Manager and Director of Instruction at GolfTec in Oak Brook, for administering over 19,000 golfing lessons! TJ tells Steve and Dr. Bush-Joseph how to physically prepare for golfing season. TJ also goes about explaining the GolfTec facilities available and open in the Chicago-land area. Visit to learn more.Steve and Dr. Bush-Joseph interview Tara Hackney from Athletico to discuss healthy ways to sleep and relax. This includes sleeping positions that decrease neck and back pain, good pillows to use, and techniques to put the mind at rest before bed.Ask the Doctor segment: Dr. Bush-Joseph answers questions from listeners and explains the differences between rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, vitamin effects on lung capacity, and how shoulder replacement procedures and physical therapy differ from a bicep tenodesis.
Increased Incidents of Youth Sports-Related Injuries; Repair vs Replacement of the Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL)Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph, Orthopaedic Surgeon, White Sox Head Team Physician for 15 years, and team physician for many Chicago Sports Teams fills in for Dr. Cole for today’s podcast.Interview with Dr. William Hadesman, Orthopedic Surgeon, to discuss overuse injuries in youth and peak performances in young athletes. When competitive sports should become recreational activities.Ask the Doctor segment: Dr. Bush-Joseph answers questions from listeners about whether a repair or replacement of the UCL is recommended for different ages and types of athletes, and the risks of training and practicing of sports daily.
Dr. Nikhil Verma from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and head team physician for the Chicago White Sox discusses how testing, contract tracing, vaccinations and precautions have evolved for MLB spring training and the 2021 season. There will be continuing flexibility to modify the protocol based on changes in guidelines as they unfold.Dr. Cole also describes the AC joint shoulder sprain of Chicago Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen,  along with treatment and recovery. The Bulls recently announced the injury, saying that Markkanen has a sprained right acromioclavicular joint at the top of the shoulder, which happened when Markkanen was fouled as he was driving to the basket.
Founder and CEO of BandGrip, Fred Smith, joins Steve Kashul and guest co-host Dr.Nikhil Verma from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush to discuss BandGrip Micro-Anchor Skin Closure: a faster, easier, and non-invasive way to safely close wounds. They discuss the history of the device, how it is different than traditional wound closure methods, and the future of non-invasive wound closure.
Kevin Cmunt and Shannon Wyatt, from Gift of Hope Organ and Tissue Donor Network, discuss the logistics of tissue donation and the emotional stories that come from both the donor families and the receivers. To register to be a tissue/organ donor please visit pitchers should train and recover to avoid injury: Patrick Pauley, Head Athletic Trainer for the Chicago Dogs Professional Baseball Team and Trainer at Athletico, discusses how overhead injuries need time to recover and analysis to be fixed. He tells Steve and Dr. Cole how session in physical therapy can help target abnormalities in throwing to prevent future injuries.Ask the Doctor segment: Dr. Cole answers questions from listeners about when knee locking and popping is alarming, night pain in joints, and how to prepare body for recreational sports that occur once a week.
Nutrition Bars are not always Nutritious: How to spot the difference by Karen Malkin, Board Certified Health and Nutrition Coach, gives us tips to identify healthy foods. The importance of looking at ingredient labels as well as food preservation is an easy way to spot healthy foods. Check out KMHC’s Transformation Superfood Bar.Ask the Doctor segment: Dr. Cole gives his input on a variety of subjects: Tips for professional competitive video-gamers, how CrossFit may not be right for everyone, and the importance of stretching before and after workouts.
Sarah Ryerson, Physical Therapist at Athletico, explains plantar fasciitis and its effects on the body. She tells us how the Graston Technique, dry needling, and other therapies can help alleviate some of the exhibited symptoms.Interview with Natalie Graves, Mental Health Professional from Natalie Graves Athletic Counseling, about how counseling for athletes needs improvement due to the unimaginable pressures placed from fans, coaches, and themselves.Ask the Doctor segment: Dr. Cole and Karen Malkin, Board Certified Health Coach and Environmental Toxin Specialist, answer questions from listeners about how to eat healthy and feel full, the role of stem cells and medicinal signaling cells in medicine, and how often one should workout during the week.
Join us in congratulating Dr. Richard Berger, Orthopaedic Surgeon and Hip & Knee Replacement Specialist for Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, for performing over 10,000 joint replacement surgeries! Our interview with him discusses how operations have changed over the past 20 years and the positive impacts it has had on the recovery of patients.Interview with Chris Stout, Vice President of Research and Data Analytics at ATI Physical Therapy, regarding how the use of artificial intelligence affects treatment and outcomes of patients who undergo physical therapy.Ask the Doctor segment: Dr. Cole answers questions from listeners about patellofemoral knee replacement surgery, why arthritis is seen more in the winter, treating arthritis, and Vitamin D deficiency.
Interview with Linda Samuels from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute: What information the sweat analysis test collects and how it can improve performance of all-level types of athletes. Good levels of hydration, carbohydrates, and electrolytes are crucial to good sports performance.Karen Malkin, Board Certified Health Coach and Environmental Toxin Specialist, returns to discuss methods of detoxing naturally. She explains Environmental Working Group (EWG) labels and other ways of identifying clean ingredients in products.Ask the Doctor segment: Dr. Bush-Joseph answers questions from listeners about college-level athletes, tendonitis, females at risk for knee injuries, and failure rates of ACL surgeries.
Peter Braun, Athletic Trainer for ATI Physical Therapy, discusses skiing and his article on its antiaging effects. He gives advice on how to develop as a skier as well as how to adjust to the different seasons of skiing.Interview with Dave Heidloff, Manager of Sports Performance at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, about the new Sports Performance facility in Oak Brook, Illinois. Services offered include functional sports assessment, sensor and video-based biomechanical analysis of body movement, blood flow restriction training, and standard sports assessment.Ask the Doctor segment: Dr. Bush-Joseph from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush answers questions about Tennis-Elbow treatment and when muscle soreness should be evaluated.
Interview with Carson Lux, Physical Therapist at Athletico to discuss 2 new techniques in therapy, dry needling and blood flow restriction training that can help with acute pain as well as post surgical rehab,   and explains their impacts on the body.Plus a discussion with cardiologist, Dr. Steven Feinstein from Rush University Medical Center, regarding cardiovascular disease and its risks. Dr. Feinstein discusses the coronary calcium test and concerns about training for big events.Ask the Doctor segment: Dr. Cole answers questions from listeners about MCL injuries, knee abnormalities and how to be aware of changes in your body, Dr. Cole also and explains the difference between CT scans and MRIs.
Interview with Karen Malkin, certified integrative health coach and holistic health counselor, discussing techniques for managing stress during the COVID pandemic. Specialties: Weight Loss; Sugar Detox; Mindful Eating; Food Addictions; Hormone Balance; Digestive Reset; Sports Nutrition; Stress Regulation; Toxins & Environmental Health
Interview with Dr. Jeremy Alland, Primary Care Physician and Sports Medicine Specialist at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, to discuss the importance of wearing a helmet while skiing and how to be aware of concussions.Interview with Jay Jacobson, the Global Director of Education at Optimum Nutrition, BSN, and Isopure. The difference between amino acid supplements vs protein powders and when they should be taken during the day.Ask the Doctor segment: Dr. Cole answers questions from listeners about Tenex procedure, runners knee, and activities that can be done after a knee replacement.
Steve Kashul and Dr. Brian Cole talk with Dr. Nikhil Verma, Head Team Physician for the Chicago White Sox, Sports Medicine Specialist, and Orthopaedic Surgeon with Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush: Return to Sports during COVID and Keeping Patients Safe when seeking care.
Steve Kashul and Dr. Cole talk about the benefits, safety and risks of Cortisone Shots.
Steve Kashul and Dr. Cole talk with Doug Plank about his experience playing at Ohio State and with the Chicago Bears. As a former NFL safety who played 9 years with the Bears, he suffered about 30 concussions and has had both shoulders and knees replaced.
A listener asks Dr. Cole how confident he is about NBA teams being able to play a full season without being in a bubble.
Steve Kashul and Dr. Cole discuss potential future of Alabama Crimson Tide football player Landon Dickerson, their starting center, suffering torn knee ligaments in the SEC title game. When Landon Dickerson suffered what coach Nick Saban called a “pretty serious” knee injury a week ago, Alabama football  lost more than the center of its offensive line. In some ways, it was losing the soul of the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide (11-0). It  was losing the gasoline that livened Alabama's  fire.
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