Off-season Program for The Chicago Bulls; Steam vs Sauna; Overuse Hand Injuries from use of Cellphones

Episode 17.11 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.new host image


Segment One (01:38): Jeff Tenaka, Head Athletic Trainer for the Chicago Bulls discusses off season team activities: recovery, player assessment, treating injuries, conditioning; testing and evaluating prospective new players and collaborating with other trainers.

Tanaka, 37, brings more than 15 years of experience on the professional and collegiateJeff Tanaka levels to the Bulls. He spent ten seasons as an Assistant Athletic Trainer with the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League and spent the previous two seasons at the University of California-Berkeley in the same capacity. Prior to his tenure at Cal Berkeley, Tanaka had four stints in the professional ranks, beginning with a training camp internship with the Los Angeles Raiders in 1994.

He then spent two seasons as a graduate assistant with the 49ers (1995-96) before accepting a position as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the NFL Europe Amsterdam Admirals in 1997. After his time in Amsterdam, Tanaka spent the next two seasons at the University of California where he was Head Athletic Trainer for men’s basketball and the men’s and women’s swim teams. Tanaka received a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1994 and in 2001 earned a master’s degree in kinesiology from San Jose State.


Segment Two (12:52): Dr. Cole and Steve discusses Steam vs. Sauna: is there any real therapeutic benefit beyond relaxation and soothing sore muscles?


Segment Three (17:38): Amy Kiesler, Occupational/Hand Therapist from Athletico discusses the types of overuse hand injuries from the use of cell phones and how to avoid and treat them. 

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Amy has over 20 years of experience treating patients with upper extremity injuries and was the original Director of Occupational Therapy for Athletico. She is contributing author of the Diagnosis and Treatment Manual for Physicians and Therapists. Amy has lectured at National Conferences, including Hand Care in Indianapolis, Indiana and at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand in Chicago, Illinois.

She has extensive knowledge in treating upper extremity conditions and taught classes on splinting, wound care, treating modalities, and flexor tendon injuries. A former patient of Amy’s, Frank Thomas from the Chicago White Sox recognized her during his speech for induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, thanking her for the rehab she performed on him that enabled him to return to baseball after a significant injury.

Amy looks forward to the opportunity to treat your upper extremity conditions.