Performance Solutions; Preventing ACL Injuries; Managing MLB Injuries

Episode 16.14 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. Charles Bush-Joseph from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush sitting in8 for Dr. Brian Cole this week. Steve and Dr. Bush-Joseph talk with Dr. Tim Gabbett from Gabbett Performance Solutions in Queensland Australia. Dr. Gabbett works with the Chicago Bulls and other professional teams using his unique training philosophy to solve their problems scientifically through evidence based research and individualized training. Dr Tim Gabbett has 20 years experience working as an applied sport scientist with athletes and coaches from a wide range of sports.

He holds a PhD in Human Physiology (2000) and has completed a second PhD in the Applied Science of Professional Football (2011) , with special reference to physical demands, injury prevention, and skill acquisition. Tim has worked with elite international athletes over several Commonwealth Games (2002 and 2006) and Olympic Games (2000, 2004, and 2008) cycles.

He continues to work as a sport science and coaching consultant for several high performance teams around the world and has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and has presented at over 200 national and international conferences. He is committed to performing world-leading research that can be applied in the ‘real world’ to benefit high performance coaches and athletes.


Segment Two: Dave Heidloff from Athletico discusses their 3P Program for ACL Injuries. Most recent studies show that anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears sideline more than 200,000 athletes each year. The majority of these injuries occur while playing agility sports, such as basketball, soccer, skiing, and football. ACL injuries are most often seen in males due to the greater number of male sports participants, but this statistic obscures the fact that female athletes actually have a higher risk of injury.

NCAA statistics show that female athletes are two to eight times more likely to sustain an ACL injury. Physical therapists and trainers agree that ACL injuries are on the rise. We attribute this development to young athletes specializing in one sport too early, playing a single sport year-round, and the increasing pressure to compete at higher levels. But there is good news. A recent study reported that athletes can reduce their ACL 3P Logo_Athleticorisk of injury as much as 72 percent by engaging in a comprehensive knee strengthening and conditioning program.

Athletes who sustain an ACL injury requiring surgery can get back on the field with the help of a good surgeon, specialized rehabilitation, and a return to play program. We are committed to providing specialized rehabilitation programs to our patients, as well as customized return to play programs. We also strive to  educate athletes and parents on our 3P’s: Prevention, Progression, Performance.


Segment Three: Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph as head team physician forsox pitcher the Chicago White Sox talks about the special demands in dealing with the long MLB season. The high number of games, long training periods, high daily pitch counts, fatigue and the velocity-intensity of pitching has produced a large number of elbow injuries (UCL-Tommy John). Youth baseball also has experienced this problem with the intensity of throwing the hard fast ball but discusses how that can be controlled. However, long run conditioning has replaced steroid use for improved performance.