Summer Training Tips for the Chicago Marathon

Over 45,000 people will hit the ground running for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. The course, which boasts four world record times, is a flat and fast paradise for runners from all over the world. The Chicago Marathon is notably one of the best races for runners to reach for their personal record.

With cool and dry temperatures, the month of October brings perfect racing conditions. At the same time, this means that runners must train for the Chicago Marathon in the hot and muggy summer months, which can be very challenging.

Experts claim that the higher the temperature the higher the risk a runner has of suffering from dehydration, exhaustion and reduced blood flow to the muscles used for running.

Training in heat not only affects a runner’s body and health, it also affects their pace. According to a recent article in Runner’s World, for every 10-degree increase in temperature above 55 degrees, runners can expect a 1.5 percent to 3 percent increase in their finish time.

Dr. Jeffrey Mjaanes, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush sports medicine physician, and one of the official team physicians for the Chicago Marathon offers advice for training in the heat. Dr. Mjaanes recommends:

  • Get a physical before beginning marathon training.
  • Hydration is key. It is important to begin each training session hydrated and to remain hydrated throughout each session by drinking 16 to 28 ounces of fluid per hour.
  • Help your body adjust to the temperature changes by running at the same time every day.
  • On very hot days, run either indoors on a treadmill or in the early mornings or evenings.
  • When a long run is scheduled for a very hot day, consider moving the run to a cooler day. Remember that skipping a day will not affect your performance – in fact, a break may improve your overall time.
  • Create your own shade by wearing sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses.
  • Seek help and get out of the sun if you feel dizzy, chest pain, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, or you’ve stopped sweating and get the chills.

For more information about Dr. Jeffrey Mjaanes, call 877 MD BONES (877.632.6637).

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush 3rd Annual Sports Medicine Summit: Youth Injury Prevention & Treatment

Coaches, parents, athletic directors and principals of young athletes are highly encouraged to join Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR), team physicians for the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Fire Soccer Club and DePaul Blue Demons at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago for a FREE half-day seminar about injury prevention and treatment tips for young athletes.

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush event speakers:

Brian Cole MD       Anthony Romeo MD      Jeff Mjaanes MD       Adam Yanke MD

      Anthony Romeo, M.D.      Jeffrey Mjaanes, M.D.      Adam Yanke, M.D.

Featuring Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush panelist: Charles Bush-Joseph, M.D.

Charles Bush-Joseph, MD

Following the presentation will be a panel discussion with:

  • John Byrne, Athletic Director – Wendell Phillips Academy H.S.
  • Tai Duncan, Executive Director – Positive Coaching Alliance
  • Matt Munjoy, MHA ATC, Vice President – Illinois Athletic Trainers Association
  • Jeffrey Mjaanes, M.D. – MOR Sports Medicine Orthopedic Physician and Director, Chicago Sports Concussion Clinic at Rush
  • Charles Bush-Joseph, M.D. – MOR Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon and Head Team Physician for the Chicago White Sox
Date: August 7, 2015, Friday
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (7:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast)
Location: U.S. Cellular Field
Conference and Learning Center
333 W. 35th Street – Enter at GATE 3
Chicago, IL 60616
  • Free Parking!
  • Breakfast will be served.
  • Includes tour of U.S. Cellular Field!

Questions? Please contact Alex Sroka at 708.236.2618 or

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  • Featuring many interesting and informative guest authorities covering a broad range of sports injury and fitness topics.
  • Speakers include nationally recognized authorities in the field of sports medicine, surgeons, coaches and trainers.
  • Focusing on the most recent and relevant injuries affecting the professional athlete to the weekend warrior.
  • Real-life examples of athletes who have successfully transitioned from injury-reserve back to the playing field.
  • In-depth view of injuries that occur on the field as well as those that happen to us in everyday life.
  • Understand what the professional athlete faces in training & competition and what all of us need to stay fit & injury-free.
  • Serving a community that is passionate about sports and requires the most accurate, reliable &  efficient resources to remain active.

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Gearing up for fall sports season

Although we’re deep into the summer months, fall sports season is just around the Prepare for the fall sports seasoncorner!  If you’re an athlete, or the parent of a young athlete, we’re here to bring you some practical tips about safely gearing up for fall sports.

Jennifer Robins, sports medicine supervisor for ATI Physical Therapy, suggests proper conditioning above all else.

“The best thing you can do is keep up your conditioning and stay in shape,” Robbins said. “Many coaches have pre-season training plans so check out your school’s website or talk to your coach to see if there’s a plan you should follow.”

For freshmen students who may be new to a sport, Robbins suggests being able to sustain a solid pace for one to two miles. In addition, athletes should practice push-ups, sit-ups, and other strengthening exercises for 20 or 30 minutes at a time to increase their physical strength.

How to prepare for fall sports season

  • New athletes must pace themselves. Although new athletes may want to try to keep up with more experienced athletes, it’s important for them to remember to start slowly to prevent injury and overtraining.
  • Be conscious of overtraining. There is a fine balance between training hard and overtraining. Soreness is one thing, but pain is another. Parents are most familiar with their child’s activity level and should monitor their athlete closely if they fear he or she is trying to do too much.
  • Don’t try to do too much in a short period of time. If August inches closer and athletes haven’t done a lot of training to that point, they shouldn’t attempt to cram it all in. Trying to do a lot of training in a short period of time will often do more harm than good. Instead, ease your way into activity and take incremental steps when increasing exercise routines.
  • Avoid exercising during the hottest part of the day. The hottest part of the day tends to be 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., so exercise before or after that time to avoid any heat-related issues. If you are doing double workouts, the 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. time frame is a great amount of time to rest in between workouts.

What is Brain Network Activation™ (BNA) Testing?; Return to Golf after Spine Surgery

Episode 15.19 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: Brain Network Activation™ Testing

Mike Palm, Manager of Athletico Concussion Management Services discussing the use of BNA (Brain Network Activation) testing to measure brain function; the importance of proper concussion diagnosis and management, risk of not reporting and sustaining a recurring concussion; removing from and returning to play; avoiding permanent brain damage.

A Brain Network Activation™ (BNA) Test uses an advanced software program to process measured brain activity. This cutting edge technology allows us to gain full insight into brain function as the test reads, and measures all neural activity. This test is performed preseason to understand the individual’s typical brain function.

Watch the video below to see the BNA Test technology in action!

Advantages of Brain Network Activation™ Testing

  • Allows physicians to better understand a brain injury such as a concussion
  • Detects and measures actual brain activation
  • Reassurance for return to participation decisions
  • First-of-its kind, groundbreaking technology that measures brain function
  • Athletico is the only Brain Network Activation™ Testing Center in Illinois
  • Annual preseason test used to compare a change in brain activity following a brain injury
  • Cleared by the FDA, unlike many concussion testing protocols on the market.

The BNA Testing Process

The BNA Test process starts with scheduling your BNA Test. The next step is then receiving the test at one of Athletico’s BNA™ Testing Centers. Once the BNA Test is complete, your Brain Network Activation (BNA) report is stored in a secure, de-identified cloud-based database, that can be accessed by a physician if a brain injury were to occur.


Segment Two: Lumbar Fusion Surgery and return to playing Golf

Dr. Frank Phillips, Professor, Director, Section of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Rush University Medical Centertalks about the success rate of spine surgery and patients returning to their golf game; definition, causes and indications for surgery.

Dr. Frank PhillipsA visionary in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery, Dr. Frank Phillips was one of the first in Chicago to begin using these procedures in the 1990s. He specializes in minimally invasive cervical and lumbar reconstructive surgery. He also has expertise in motion preserving procedures and was a principle investigator in FDA trials on cervical disc replacement.

Dr. Phillips is a leader in the field and is a founder, board member and past president of the Society of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery. Dr. Phillips has participated in the development of and pioneered a number of minimally invasive spinal techniques that are now widely used. He regularly teaches and lectures to spine surgeons nationally and internationally on minimally invasive spinal surgery.

Minimally Invasive Spine Institute

Special Announcement

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush 3rd Annual Sports Medicine Summit: Youth Injury Prevention & Treatment

Coaches, parents, athletic directors and principals of young athletes are highly encouraged to join Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR), team physicians for the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Fire Soccer Club and DePaul Blue Demons at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago for a FREE half-day seminar about injury prevention and treatment tips for young athletes.

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush event speakers:

Date: August 7, 2015, Friday
Time: 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (7:00 a.m. Registration & Breakfast)
Location: U.S. Cellular Field
Conference and Learning Center
333 W. 35th Street – Enter at GATE 3
Chicago, IL 60616



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