Did You Know? 60-80% of ACL Injuries Result from No Contact

Football season is in full swing and we aren’t shy of injuries on the field at all levels of play. Being educated about possible football injuries and how to prevent them can go long way in keeping athletes injury-free throughout the season.


Click to view Infographic on Football ACL Injuries

An ACL tear is one of the top injuries among high school football players. The severity of tear can range from mild to severe resulting in a complete tear. Approximately 90% of injured players return to sports but not always to their level of performance prior to the injury. Linemen are 25% more prone to ACL injuries. If you have injured your ACL, it is important to see your physician for a complete diagnosis and treatment plan.

This infographic on football ACL injuries is ideal for parents, players and coaches looking to learn more about prevention, treatment and recognition of an injured ACL.

To learn more about common football injuries, how to treat and recover from them, use this 3-part series to educate your team.

Part 1: 5 Common Football Injuries
Part 2: How to Prevent Football Injuries
Part 3: How to Recover from Football Injuries

October is “Exercise is Medicine® On Campus Month”

The college years are notorious for unhealthy habits. Are you looking for a way to bring some fun, healthy activities to your school? Kick off the school year by promoting Exercise is Medicine® on your campus! Similar to Exercise is Medicine Month in May, Exercise is Medicine on Campus (EIM-OC) Month celebrates EIM among colleges and universities, promoting physical activity and celebrating the EIM movement during the month of October on college and university campuses.

Exercise is Medicine on Campus® is a program calling upon universities and colleges to engage in the promotion of physical activity as a vital sign of health,” said Carena Winters, Ph.D., MPH, chairperson of the EIM-On Campus Advisory Group. “EIM-OC encourages faculty, staff and students to work together toward improving the health and well-being of the campus community.”

EIM-OC Month promotions and/or activities can include:

  • 5km walks/races
  • University president, provost, mayor, and/or governor proclamations
  • Mud runs
  • Kickball/volleyball/basketball tournaments
  • Gladiator games
  • Dance marathons
  • Canoe or water races
  • Obstacle courses
  • Day of play within the community

Re-occurring activities that you can do throughout EIM-OC Month could include daily:

  • Health and fitness tip promoted throughout your campus
  • Morning walks throughout campus
  • Walk “with your doc or fitness professional” events

If you are a college or university student, faculty or staff person, you can get involved with EIM-OC month by speaking with your campus administration and your school’s city and state elected officials to urge them to declare October as EIM-OC Month. To do this, request an EIM-OC Month proclamation from your president, provost, mayor or governor! Download the toolkit to find the proclamation as well as other ways to get involved this October.


Finally, bring EIM to your campus by officially registering your school with EIM! Visit http://bit.ly/EIMonCampus to learn more and sign up!

EIM On Campus

5 Tips for Easing Into Fall Running

Don’t ditch the outdoors for the treadmill just yet. 

A man and woman run across a grassy ridge in the high desert of Central Oregon.

Come winter, you’ll wish you had taken advantage of fall – an ideal season for trail and other outdoor running.

With the summer quickly coming to an end, runners will start to see the sun rising a little later and setting earlier. Outdoor workouts are suddenly feeling a little cooler, darker and maybe a bit damp. Is it time to start thinking about moving your workouts indoors?

Not so fast. Fall still offers some great opportunities to get outside. So before you trade the running path for the treadmill, take advantage of the beauty fall has to offer with these five tips:

1. Stay outdoors as long as you canAlthough the light is dimming and the weather is cooler, fall is a just a preview of what’s to come. Soon it will likely be much darker and colder. Fall is a transitional season, so look at it that way. Remind yourself that cool, damp and dark might seem dreamy in a few short months, when the alternative is snow, wind or driving rain.

2. Layer up. Wearing a light outer jacket that’s easy to take off will keep you warm at the beginning of your workout and is easy to take off a mile or two down the road. The rule of thumb is to dress for weather 20 degrees warmer than the temperature outside. This is because as you warm up, your body will feel that much warmer. Wear your outer layer while warming up and take it off as soon as you’re warmed up. You don’t want to overheat, which will just soak your clothes and can lead to chaffing, chills – and general stinkiness – later on.

3. Wear reflective gear. Once the light dims, it’s a good idea to wear reflective clothing and carry a light with you when you run. Reflective clothing and lights help cars see you when you’re on the road. Most running gear, including many brands of shoes, hats, gloves and jackets include reflective strips that will make you easier to see. You can also buy a reflective vest that will slip over the top of your clothes to really increase your visibility to cars. Carrying a light or wearing a headlamp will help you see the ground so you don’t stumble and turn an ankle when running in low light.

4. Run in the woods. Get under tree cover as a way to get out of the rain or wind. Running in the woods among fall leaves is not only beautiful, but the leaves themselves keep trails from becoming super muddy like in the early winter or spring. Fall’s the perfect time to explore a new trail, take in the views and share some pics on Instagram or your favorite social network with your running friends. Trail runs are also great for playing games like follow the leader or doing Fartleks, a way of running in which people can take turns leading the group at varying speeds.

5. Get some new shoesI always suggest that runners replace their running shoes seasonally. It’s an easy way to remember that it’s time for new shoes and keeps your shoes fresh and springy. Plus, what better way to motivate you to get outside and run than the prospect of trying out that shiny new pair of shoes? Your legs will feel great and you’ll get in a good habit of replacing your shoes about every three to four months. Just don’t stress about the fact that they’re going to get a little damp and dirty. It’s going to happen eventually anyway.

Fall is a great season to stay outside and stay active. The weather may not be appropriate for picnicking, but the cool temperatures are great for running and racing. Take the time to enjoy this cusp season. You can even get pumpkin spice-flavored energy bars now to really get into the spirit while you’re out there.

By  for US News & World Report

Cellular Allografts & Limb Preservation; NBA Training Technology & Postural Fitness

Episode 15.26 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: The Decision Making Process for Sports Injury Management and Patient Education with Dr. Cole and Steve Kashul

Segment Two: The Future of Cellular Allografts and Limb Preservation

Steven Gitelis, M.D.Dr. Cole’s colleague Dr. Steven Gitelis is a highly regarded expert in the area of orthopedic oncology and limb reconstruction. He currently serves as the Director of the Rush Center for Limb Preservation. Through his years of practice, Dr. Gitelis has seen allograft solutions evolve from traditional bone to cellular technology. Today he shares his experiences and the ways tissue donation helps surgeons provide new possibilities for their patients, the application to bone cancer treatment and the donation process.

Dr. Gitelis is Professor and Vice Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Director, Section of Orthopaedic Oncology, Associate Chief Medical Officer for Surgery, Chief of Surgery at Rush University Medical Center, and Associate Dean of Surgical Services at Rush Medical College.

Limb Preservation Center

Dr. Gitelis has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Rush, completing both his orthopedic surgery residency and general surgery internship at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. His early orthopedic oncology experience came from fellowships at the prestigious Rizzoli Institute, Bologna, Italy (under renowned Professor Mario Campanacci), and Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

AlloSource is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to honor and respect the gift of human tissue donation by responsibly developing, processing and distributing life-saving and life-enhancing allografts for our communities. We offer more than 200 types of precise bone, skin, soft-tissue and custom-machined allografts for use in an array of life-saving and life-enhancing medical procedures.

Segment Three: Gary Vitti, Head Trainer for the LA Lakers – Part II

Kobe Bryant, Gary VittiExperience and philosophy in dealing with NBA players; use of sensor technology to recognize defects in posture with objective measurements; learning from mistakes to improve the future management of fitness and training of in the NBA. The LA Laker’s Head Trainer, Gary Vitti reveals the training technology that’s helping to keep the world’s best athletes playing.

Applying New “Technology ” and Perfecting “Old School’  Methods in Training. Gary’s been with the Lakers for 32 years, and has taken care of some of the biggest names in the game. This will be his last year with the Lakers, but he will continue to consult on the use of AlignMed products and the need to bring players into “postural fitness”. He has a passionate recognition for the importance of balance and posture in the elite athlete in order to perform at the highest level.

Is your health challenge really a wake up call?; New Release on ‘Basketball Anatomy’

Episode 15.25 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: Is your health challenge really a wake up call?

karenHealth Counselor and Psychology of Eating Coach, Karen Malkin discusses how to Live the Life You Desire Now: exploring the reasons for being overweight, poor eating habits, emotional eating, stress; how to establish long term health strategies without waiting for a major health issue to occur. The 14 Day Transformation program is also covered with a preview of new additions on sleep, stress, metabolism, high-intensity interval training, environmental toxins and negative self-talk.

Karen is passionate about supporting people in making transformations in their own lives without sacrificing their favorite foods. Her approach combines cutting-edge science, the principles of Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the psychology of eating with a practical approach to whole foods and healthy living. Her clientele includes executives, professional athletes, men and women of all ages, students, and motivated individuals who are ready for a new level of vitality.

FAQ’s About Nutrition Consulting With Karen Malkin

Karen Malkin Health Counseling

Segment Two: Newly Released Book on Basketball Anatomy 


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Dr. Cole & Steve Kashul discuss Dr. Cole’s recently released book on Basketball Anatomy. This beautifully illustrated book describes 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.

The book is broken down into training components to develop specific skills for players at all levels. Basketball Anatomy also takes 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.

All profits from the sale of ‘Basketball Anatomy’ are donated for the advancement of orthopedic research through the LiveActiveNow Foundation

6 Simple Steps For Beginning a Regular Meditation Practice

Let’s face it, life can get a little overwhelming at times. When this happens it is important to have an outlet that quiets your mind, centers your thoughts and brings you back to earth with a smile.

Meditation is this medicine but be careful, it is addicting and has some seriously positive side effects. Follow these simple suggestions and you’ll be on your way to a better you.

1. Find a quiet, peaceful space. Establish an area where you can be alone and uninterrupted. This can be in your home or outside.

2. Get comfortable. Wear comfy clothing, drink some water, sit on a pillow, and light a candle or some incense.

3. Sit down and dig in. A common meditation posture is seated with your legs crossed, back straight, and hands resting gently on your lap. This is the recommended position as it opens you heart and airways and lets your lower body relax. The important thing here is to just be comfortable. If that means laying down or sitting in your favorite chair DO IT.

4. Close your eyes and begin deepening your breath. Counting helps. Try inhaling for a count of 6, holding for a count of 2, and exhaling for 6. Giving your mind this simple task to focus on will help clear your head.

5. Don’t set expectations! Simply sit down and experience what happens. Do this for just 5 minutes and notice the shift in your thoughts and how you feel.

6. Set a routine. Meditating at the same time each day helps you get comfortable in the practice. Meditating first thing in the morning or right before you go to bed is easiest.

Once you get this down try taking your mediation to your feet. Walking meditation is something to experience. Just don’t do it on a busy street.


By  for YogaApproved.com