Rugby: U.S. to Play New Zealand; Building Character in Youth

Episode 14.31 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.

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Segment One – Dr. Jeffrey Mjaanes from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush discusses typical rugby injuries and responsibilities of a team physician; training for and profile of various rugby player positions.

Dr. Mjaanes has recently been added to the medical team for the USA Men’s Rugby team, the USA Eagles. As part of his new role, Dr. Mjaanes will serve as the official physician for the team in their match against the New Zealand All Blacks team, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at Soldier Field in Chicago.

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Dr. Mjaanes previously worked with the team in February during training camps in Atlanta, Georgia, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. His role was to help prepare them for the Rugby World Cup Qualifier held in Montevideo, Uruguay where they tied 27-27. The team then returned to Georgia and beat Uruguay 32-13, advancing to compete in the World Cup in 2015.

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Rugby is a sport that has been increasing in popularity in the U.S. (participation has increased by more than 350 percent since 2004). While he hopes the season remains injury-free, Dr. Mjaanes is prepared to treat some of the most common rugby injuries, including those to the medial collateral ligament (MCL), anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), calf muscles, hamstring and the head, including concussions.

Segment Two – Stuart Krohn, Director of ICEF Rugby discusses building character through youth sports; the mission and vision of ICEF Rugby as a leadership, team building and character development program. ICEF align’s with the ICEF Mission of getting students to attend and compete at the top 100 colleges and universities in the nation. Rugby is used as the vehicle to provide skills to ensure this mission can become a reality.

The Red, White, Black, & Blue 3 (RWBB3) film takes us on the third journey made by ICEF student-athletes who have found rugby under the instruction of David Hughes and Stuart Krohn. This journey winds through the heartbreak and joy of the collegiate acceptance process, bounces over the shoals of relationship strain, and holds tight during the hairpin turns of teenagers becoming young adults. Oh, and these kids play some very exciting rugby along the way.
We are grateful that coaches such as Hughes and Krohn turned their love of rugby into a wildly successful character-building tool. Take the jump to discover how to apply for your invitation to one of the Premier Showings of RWBB3 in Chicago and to watch the trailer. In celebration of the All Blacks match the premiere of the 3rd documentary of the award winning series, Red, White, Black & Blue 3 is screening on Thursday afternoon, Oct 30th and Sunday evening, Nov 2nd at the Gene Siskel Theater downtown Chicago.