Monitoring Training Metrics on Elite Athletes; Clavicle Fractures; Concussion & Youth Football Participation

Episode 17.24 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 (01:23): Dr. Kevin Sprouse from Podium Sports Medicine describes the key elements in monitoring the unique biomechanical and physiologic variables widely applicable to any level of athlete who wishes to ensure that they are optimizing their overall health and performance.

Dr. Kevin Sprouse is a Knoxville native, now working with elite athletes and active individuals around the world. Trained and certified in both Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine, he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science at Wake Forest University before attending medical school at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine at Virginia Tech.

He then completed his Emergency Medicine residency in New York City, where he was elected Chief Resident. Following residency, he attained a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Greenville, SC.

The focus of his academic interests and practice has been the care of the endurance athlete, as well how exercise, diet, and movement effect the health and well-being of all active individuals. His patients have included professional and Olympic cyclists, runners and triathletes, and he now brings his experience and expertise in this field to Podium Sports Medicine.

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Segment Two (11:40): Dr. Cole and Steve talk about the causes, treatment and recovery for Clavicle Fractures.

A clavicle fracture is a break in the collarbone, one of the main bones in the shoulder. This type of fracture is fairly common—accounting for about 5 percent of all adult fractures. Most clavicle fractures occur when a fall onto the shoulder or an outstretched arm puts enough pressure on the bone that it snaps or breaks. A broken collarbone can be very painful and can make it hard to move your arm.

Most clavicle fractures can be treated by wearing a sling to keep the arm and shoulder from moving while the bone heals. With some clavicle fractures, however, the pieces of bone move far out of place when the injury occurs. For these more complicated fractures, surgery may be needed to realign the collarbone.

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Segment Three (17:00): Coach Paul O’Toole, Commissioner of the St. Raphael Youth Football Program in Naperville IL, talks with Dr. Cole and Steve about the decrease of football enrollment due to risk of concussion; technique, program and protocol changes to make the game safer for young players; addition of trainers onsite at all games.

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