Stem Cells in the Future of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine; Gymnastics at Rio

Episode 16.22 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.

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Segment One: Dr. James Andrews, Orthopaedic surgeon and founding partner for the James R. Andrews, M.D. - Orthopaedic SurgeryAndrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, discusses the role of stem cells in the future of orthopaedics and sports medicine. Stem cells are immature, undeveloped cells that have the potential to generate other cells that may form different types of tissue. At the Andrews Institute, doctors and surgeons are studying stem cells in order to bring the best treatments to patients in a manner that is safe, effective and ethically responsible.

The potential for stem cells in regenerative medicine has piqued the interest of many athletes who have sustained injuries, such as torn ligaments and tendons. Adult stem cells may be especially promising if they are harvested from an athlete’s own bone marrow and fat cells. The staff of the Andrews Institute strives to advance regenerative medicine in cooperation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

“There’s no reason in the world for our elite athletes to have to go offshore somewhere else to get the best treatment to enhance biologic healing,” James Andrews, M.D., told ESPN.

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Segment Two: Gina Pongetti-Angeletti-PT, MPT, MA, CSCS, ART-Cert. from Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute. Gina is Co- Owner, Sports Medicine Division and covered the Rio Olympics for Inside Gymnastics magazine and provided physical therapy services for the competing gymnastic athletes. Gina shares her experience at the Rio Olympics and explains how the athletes need to train for achievement at the highest level.

A former gymnast of 14 years, and an accomplished triathlete herself: Gina raced in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, HI in October of 2006. She treats on site at Ironman events nationwide and is the provider of choice for many of the nation’s and worlds top Ironman triathletes.

Gina received her Bachelor’s in Communication Studies and Masters in Physical Therapy from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, where she served for more than 8 years on the USA Gymnastics National Health Care Referral Network; providing medical care at meets and lecturing. Currently, Gina takes care of many of our nation’s top gymnasts, including local Elites, National Team members, World Team competitors, NCAA Champions, Olympians, and Pan American Champions.