Re-conditioning NBA Players for New Season; Comparing Euroleague-US Team Physicians

Episode 15.22 with Hosts Steve Kashul and Dr. Brian Cole. Broadcasting on ESPN Chicago 1000 WMVP-AM Radio, Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:00 AM/c.


Segment One: Getting NBA Players back to game from off-season

Dr. Brian Cole and Steve Kashul discuss getting back to routine after vacation inactivity, irregular schedules and surgeries; NBA off season rest and re-conditioning.

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Segment Two: Comparing Euroleague-NBA Team Physician Experiences

Dr. Guy Morag from the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and Head Physician for Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv discusses similarities and differences of his responsibilities with Dr. Brian Cole, Head Team Physician for The Chicago Bulls.

The Euroleague Basketball World Tour will take a major step in October when, for the first time ever, two Turkish Airlines Euroleague powerhouses will face off against each other in a preseason game on North American soil. The Euro Classic game will be played in Chicago on October 1.

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan

Maccabi and Milan enjoy one of Europe’s most enduring rivalries. In 2014, Maccabi dramatically defeated Milan in a best-of-five playoff series to advance to the Final Four and eventually win the Euroleague title. In 1987 and 1988, Milan beat Maccabi in consecutive championship games that featured legends such as Bob McAdoo, Mike D’Antoni, Dino Meneghin, Mickey Berkowitz, Doron Jamchi and Kevin Magee, amongst others.

“After many years of sending our teams to the United States on the Euroleague Basketball World Tour, we are very excited about the opportunity for two of them to play each other there for the first time,” Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague Basketball President and CEO, said. “Americans know their basketball, which is precisely why we are sure they will like what they see of the Euroleague’s unique style of play.

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv and EA7 Emporio Armani Milan are two of the many Euroleague clubs that are steeped in history, but they also play the kind of basketball that we are sure will be to the liking of fans in Chicago and New York.” Two European League basketball teams are competing at United Center in October.

Basketball Anatomy


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“Basketball Anatomy is one of the few books that captures the beauty and athleticism of our sport. Dr. Brian Cole understands what players go through to perform at their best. It’s a book I recommend.”

Scottie Pippen
Six-Time NBA Champion
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Basketball Anatomy
By Brian Cole, MD and Rob Panariello
$21.95, paperback, e-book

See what it takes to maximize on-court power, strength, agility, and quickness. Basketball Anatomy shows you how to improve performance by increasing muscular strength and optimizing the efficiency of every movement.

Written by Chicago Bulls team physician Dr. Brian Cole, Basketball Anatomy features 88 of the most effective basketball exercises, along with step-by-step descriptions and 151 full-color anatomical illustrations showing the muscles in action.

Basketball Anatomy also take you into the training room to explore the anatomy of the most common injuries to the ankle, knee, and shoulder, as well as exercises for minimizing and recovering from such setbacks.

Basketball Anatomy not only showcases the authors’ expertise but will help players train, rehabilitate injuries, and develop high-level performance.”

Dr. James Andrews – Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine


The ligament dominance pattern, or the dynamic valgus, is the knock-knee position. To avoid this dangerous movement pattern, you need to strengthen your lateral hip muscles. Read More >

The kettlebell swing is a good introductory exercise for teaching athletes hip thrusting and the triple extension movement pattern (extend at the ankles, knees, and hips) to assist with the teaching progression of Olympic-type weightlifting exercises. Read More >

If you are a coach, you must develop proficiency in writing training programs for your athletes. Training programs should be individualized to account for factors such as medical history, sex, biological and training age (experience), the sport, and the position played. Read More >

New Technology in Ice Therapy; Could Walking be the Best Form of Exercise?

Episode 15.21 with Hosts Steve Kashul and Dr. Brian Cole. Broadcasting on ESPN Chicago 1000 WMVP-AM Radio, Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:00 AM/c.


Segment One: New Technology in Ice Therapy: Elite Athlete Recovery 

Dr. Paul Spence Founder & CEO of Aquilo Sports, talks about the Aquilo Sports’ Cold Therapy Suit and how it modernizes the recovery process; benefits, how it works, and how it differs from traditional ice bath therapy.

Dr. Spence is a cardio-thoracic surgeon who retired as a Professor of Surgery at the University of Louisville to work full-time on developing medical technologies – he’s developed many innovative products including heart pumps and heart valves and founded Aquilo Sports to improve the performance recovery for athletes.

Aquilo’s cryo-compression system cools you down so you can recover in comfort, get back in the game, and conquer your sport. The Aquilo System consists of a small, portable power unit and hand crafted compression pants made of high-quality, medical grade materials.

The Movistar team completely relied on Aquilo for the entire Tour de France. They have 9 riders who used the cooling system for all 21 stages (some of them several times a day).  Each rider had his own pants.

Segment Two: Put your best foot forward: why walking is good for you

Andrea Rosmann, DPT, ATC, Clinic Director For ATI Physical Therapy talks about the benefits of walking as a form of exercise.

In our journey to get healthy, the majority of us have probably tried multiple types of exercises in an attempt to find some that not only work, but are sustainable.  The biggest challenge to getting in shape is finding a workout routine we’re willing to stick with and that truly provides us with some much needed health benefits.  While there are many exercises that can prove beneficial, whether or not we like them is a different story and it varies from person to person.

Last September, Harvard Medical School posted an article about 5 of the best exercises we can ever do.  These workouts all provide a range of health benefits and can be done regardless of age or fitness level:

  1. Swimming
  2. Tai Chi
  3. Strength Training
  4. Walking
  5. Kegel Exercises (for men and women)

Of these exercises, walking seems to be the one that is the easiest for almost anyone to do, makes us look and feel better, and doesn’t require any additional equipment.

Walking as exercise can not only be used to help us meet the recommended weekly activity level of 150 minutes of moderate physical exercise, but according to the Mayo Clinic brisk walks help us:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage conditions such as heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthen bones
  • Lift mood
  • Improve balance and coordination

On top of these benefits, walking is much easier on the joints than many other exercises.  And according to an article in Tech Times, even though running may be better for bone health and weight lifting better for strength training, walking still increases circulation, improves memory, increases growth of new neurons and increases creativity.

Combine the fact that almost anyone can walk for exercise with all of the benefits associated with it, it’s no wonder walking always makes the lists for the best forms of exercise.  So the next time you need to get in a workout and you don’t have any equipment, try going for a walk.

Andrea Rosmann graduated from Northwestern University in 2010 with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She received her B.S. in Athletic Training from Boston University, while also participating as a coxswain for the rowing team. Experienced in treating a variety of orthopedic injuries with special interest in sport injuries and jump re-training.

Failure Re-Framed: The Upside of Finishing Last

I love running, but I wouldn’t say I’m great at it, or a natural by any means. I’m “middle of the pack” when it comes to speed, and I’ve worked hard to get there. As a teenager running high school cross country, I was consistently the last female across the finish line at races and invitationals. It sucked. I wanted to quit. My dad wouldn’t let me.

It’s hard enough being a self-conscious teen, adding a solidly earned “loser” title week after week made it that much tougher. At the time, the sting of losing was almost unbearable. I felt like I wasn’t good enough. I thought everyone was judging me for being slow. It was embarrassing.

The upside of finishing last

Today, I’m glad I had to listen to my dad. I learned a valuable lesson about what it means to fail, and why it’s important to keep trying. It’s a theme that continues to come up in life and in goal setting for health and fitness. No matter whether your struggle is to run a 5K or simply walk a mile, failing can actually make you stronger. Here’s how to re-frame your way of thinking and find the upside of falling short.

Failing Isn’t a Lonely Endeavor
History is full of failures. In fact, most winners lose before they succeed. Professional marathon runner Meb Keflezighi came in first at the 2009 New York City Marathon and the 2014 Boston Marathon winner. But he has certainly competed in more than two races in his career—which means, Keflezighi technically failed all those other times he attempted to win a 26.2-mile event.

And doesn’t it seem as though some goals are designed to be impossible? Ask a room full of people if they’ve ever failed a diet, and you’ll likely find every hand raised. (Of course, when it comes to dieting new thinking says it’s the food plan that’s to blame—not your willpower, when the scale doesn’t budge.) This is all to show, falling short isn’t exclusive to you. Everyone has experienced failure at some point or another.

Failing Means You Tried
In the moment, knowing you tried probably isn’t going to help you feel better. But when you get a little perspective—say, the day after you attempted to do a pull up in front of your entire Crossfit gym and your arms gave out—it’s easier to recognize how much courage you mustered to attempt it. You failed at pull-ups, yes. But you beefed up your courage muscle in the process.

Failing is a Learning Opportunity
No one plans to fail on purpose. But falling short often offers a teachable moment. Consider long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad. She tried to swim from Florida to Cuba and failed four times—on one attempt she nearly died after being stung by jellyfish. Reporters and scientists were starting to say it couldn’t be done, that she was crazy for even trying. It wasn’t until her fifth attempt, at the age of 64, that Nyad nailed the 110-mile stretch from Havana to Key West. The keys to her success: finally figuring out the best route through the tough currents, and learning which face mask and wetsuit would protect her from the deadly stingers.

Failing Makes Winning Sweeter
OK, so you and I may never actually break the tape at the Boston Marathon, or a local 5K for that matter. But I can promise you, coming in with the middle of the pack feels pretty darn good. And, honestly, it wouldn’t be as sweet without having savored the bitter taste of coming in last.  

BY KIMBERLY D.for Fitbit

7 Reasons You Need HIIT in Your Life

We’re all trying to maintain our fitness routines. This means hours and hours of cardio, right? Ugh. Not only does that seem overwhelming, time-consuming, and difficult to stick with, but what if there was a way to burn more calories, lose more fat, and improve your cardiovascular fitness level while spending less time in the gym? We are desperate for a way to get fitter, faster. Enter high intensity interval training (also known as high intensity training or HIIT)!

For years, I was a middle-of-the-pack long distance runner. I loved a nice, long run; it was always very therapeutic for me and before I became a personal trainer, it was my main mode of exercise. I still enjoy a long run every once in a while, but It wasn’t until I started implementing more high intensity workouts into my own routine that I really saw a true change in my body: I got leaner and stronger at the same time. If you are looking for a way to take your fitness and fat loss to the next level — without spending more time in the gym — then HIIT could be exactly what you’re looking for. To be clear, I am not saying HIIT will be easier — just that it will take less of your time. More appropriately, the HIIT approach to cardio exercise is very physically demanding but, astonishingly, HIIT makes it possible to get more from doing less.

Reasons you need HIIT in your life

What It Is and How It Works

HIIT is a specialized form of interval training that involves short intervals of maximum intensity exercise separated by longer intervals of low to moderate intensity exercise.  In a nutshell, it means doing a number of short bursts of intense exercise with short recovery breaks in between. Because it involves briefly pushing yourself beyond the upper end of your aerobic exercise zone, it offers you several advantages that traditional steady-state exercise (where you keep your heart rate within your aerobic zone) can’t provide. HIIT trains and conditions both your anaerobic and aerobic energy systems. HIIT trains your anaerobic system with brief, all-out efforts; like when you have to push to make it up a hill, sprint the last few hundred yards of a distance race, or run full speed into the end zone to avoid being tackled (e.g., Tony Gonzalez). Have you ever seen a chubby sprinter? Not likely. They push themselves to the capacity then recover and repeat. This shorter, more intense way of working is just that, and also creates a ton of additional benefits.

Here are 7 benefits of HIIT:

1. Burn More Calories, Burn More Fat
HIIT increases the amount of calories you burn during your exercise session and afterward because it increases the length of time it takes your body to recover from each exercise session.

HIIT causes metabolic adaptations that enable you to use more fat as fuel under a variety of conditions. This will improve your athletic endurance as well as your fat-burning potential.

2. Keep the Muscle
Anyone who has been on a diet knows that it’s hard to not lose muscle mass along with fat. And even worse, steady state cardio seems to encourage muscle loss through the production of cortisol. A study published in the Journal of Obesity showed that both weight training and HIIT workouts allow dieters to preserve their hard-earned muscles while ensuring most of the weight loss comes from fat stores. Who doesn’t like that? Keep the muscle, burn the fat. Perfect!

3. Get Lean, Stay Youthful
Not only does HIIT beat conventional cardio as the most effective and efficient form of exercise, it also provides health benefits you simply cannot get from regular aerobics, such as a tremendous boost in human growth hormone (HGH), aka the “fitness hormone.” This is great news since HGH is not only responsible for increased caloric burn but also slows down the aging process, making you younger both inside and out. It’s almost like a metabolic fountain of youth. Forget the Botox, it’s time for your HIIT workout.

4. No Equipment Necessary
Running, biking, jump roping, and rowing all work great for HIIT, but you don’t need any equipment to get it done. High knees, fast feet, or anything plyometric like jumping lunges work just as well to get your heart rate up fast. In fact, FitStar’s Daily Dose or Get Lean programs and FreeStyle Sessions like the 7-Minute Workout are chocked full of awesome moves to feel the HIIT burn. An example of a quick HIIT workout is knocking out 60 second round of fast  “high knees” followed by a 30 second rest. Try it for 6 rounds to get a HIIT boost.

5. Metabolism Booster
Several of the genes affected by an acute bout of exercise happen to be the very same genes involved in fat metabolism.  Another study in the Journal of Cell Metabolism showed that when you exercise, your body almost immediately experiences genetic activation that increases the production of fat-busting (lipolytic) enzymes. We all want to be more efficient calorie burners, even at rest, so after you’ve completed a HIIT workout, you’ve not only burned a ton of calories, but also sped up your metabolism! Win/Win!

6. No Time, No Problem
I get it: our lives are really packed. It is always a challenge to find time to squeeze in a workout. Well,”no time to exercise” is no longer an excuse now that HIIT can be tailored for the average adult. These quick, efficient sessions leave you with more time to enjoy life while feeling more fit! You can use FitStar anywhere, just download the app, and boom, you can try some amazing HIIT moves. It’s right there in your pocket!

7. You Got This
The HIIT approach to cardio exercise is definitely physically demanding, but it can be modified to different levels of fitness. That said, if you have any cardiovascular problems or other health concerns that limit your ability to exercise at very intense levels, or if you are relatively new to aerobic exercise or not already in good shape, HIIT may not be for you — at least for now. If you have any doubts or concerns about whether it might be safe for you, check in with your medical professional before trying HIIT.

HIIT’s just one of many ways you can get fit and healthy this spring. Give HIIT a try today to change up your current workout, or if you’re looking in inject a quick hit of fitness into a jam-packed schedule.  —Judi Brown for FitStar

Can treatment with a placebo improve running performance?

Can the belief that you are taking a drug that improves sporting performance enable you to run faster, even if you are not really taking it? In this study, the researchers tested the effect of injecting a placebo (saline), telling subjects they had been given a drug that would have performance-enhancing effects similar to erythropoietin (EPO) on running performance. Fifteen club-level runners performed 3km running races after being given the placebo every day for one week and after being given nothing (control – no injection). Race times were 1.2 percent faster after the placebo. This suggests that some of the performance benefit of performance-enhancing drugs may be due to the placebo effect. The placebo appeared to have worked in two ways. It reduced the subjects’ sensations of effort during exercise, so that they found the race to be easier. It also increased their potential motivation, or how hard the participants were prepared to push themselves. The performance improvement with placebo is of clear sporting relevance, as in many running competitions, the difference between winning and losing is less than one percent.

View the study’s abstract