Timing of ACL Surgery; Team Physicians: Working as a Team

Episode 14.44 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.


Segment One:

Steve and Dr. Cole discuss in greater detail, the diagnosis and timing issues in dealing with ACL tears for pro-athletes compared to the non-professional. A very informative and insightful discussion that addresses many questions asked by those who may have experienced this type of injury.


Segment Two:

Featuring Dr. Kathy Weber discussing her role as a team physician and the multi-disciplined approach in managing medical and orthopedic problems for team athletes.

Dr. Kathleen Weber of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush was named the President-Elect for the Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association (MLBTPA). A sports medicine physician at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Dr. Weber will become the first female physician to take the reins as Vice President in 2015 and President in 2016.

“The selection of Dr. Weber is a perfect choice,” explains former MLBTPA President, Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. “Kathy is one of the leading primary care sports medicine physicians in the country with 15 years of experience caring for collegiate and professional athletes.”

Kathleen Weber, M.D.Dr. Weber currently serves as a team physician for the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Force Women’s Football. She is also the head team physician for the DePaul Blue Demons, Malcolm X College, and a physician consultant for Hubbard Street Dance Company. In addition to her team physician role, she also serves as a member of the LPGA Medical Advisory Board and the MLB research committee.

“I’m honored to have been elected to this position,” explains Dr. Weber. “I would love to see more women pursue a career in sports medicine and be recognized for their hard work and talent.”

A former college athlete herself, Dr. Weber holds numerous awards for excellence in patient care, teaching excellence and was recently recognized as “Health Champion” by “Girls in the Game,” a non-profit organization providing sports and fitness opportunities, leadership development, and health education to enhance the well-being of underserved girls and adolescents.

The MLBTPA strives to provide professional baseball teams with the highest quality medical care in order to ensure an athlete’s safety, health and well-being. Providing services for teams including the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox, the MLBTPA maintains its mission through continued medical research and the development of injury prevention recommendations and policies.

Injury Management Decisions for Pro Athletes; Funding Research for Pediatric Cancer

Episode 14.43 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.


Segment One:

Steve and Dr. Cole discuss injury management issues in dealing with high profile professional athletes and their organizations; how the team physician views the total process of recovery and makes decisions for the best overall outcome; the role of sports media in reporting and evaluating high profile athlete injuries.

Segment Two:

Zachary Bulwa, founder of The Cure It On The Court Foundation that raises money for pediatric cancer research. To date The Cure It On The Court Foundation has raised over $40,000 through community sponsored sporting events. The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital has received the majority of the donations over the last seven years because of its highly regarded excellence. The Comer Children’s Hospital has been at the forefront of kids’ medicine for decades – treating children from the Chicago area, throughout the Midwest, and around the world that have the most complex medical problems.

The Importance of Fitness Goals; Wake Boarding Knee Injuries

Episode 14.42 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.


Segment One:

John Honcharuk from Athletico discusses the importance of setting fitness goals, coaching, consistency and progress measurement to create motivation and maximize results. John has the following certifications:

  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • Certified Functional Movement Screen Level 2
  • Certified Coach Precision Nutrition Level 1
  • Certified MovNat Trainer

John received the Trifecta Badge award in the 2013 Spartan Obstacle Course Race and will be challenging again for 2015.

Segment Two:

Phil Soven, Professional Wakeboarding Champion, called “The Iceman” by his fellow competitors, has been competing since age 11 and has won the Pro Tour, the King of Wake and the World Championship three times.

Phil Soven Killing It

Phil discuss his PCL injury with Dr. Cole and how a functional knee brace has helped him since the injury. Dr. Cole describes the stretched or partially torn PCL (Posterior Cruciate Ligament), its possible causes and potential treatment with a custom functional knee brace.

Overuse Injuries in Young Athletes; Creating your Off-season Golf Game Plan

Episode 14.41 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.


Segment One:

Dr. Jeff Mjaanes discusses Overuse Injuries in young athletes and overspecialization year around at an early age that can cause lasting injury. Dr. Mjaanes is Assistant Professor-Departments of Orthopedic Surgery and Pediatrics and Director, Chicago Sports Concussion Clinic at Rush University Medical Center.

Dr. Mjaanes sees young athletes from all sports including many local gymnastics, wrestling, soccer and football clubs. He takes care of athletes at several local high schools, including Simeon Career Academy, Mount Carmel and Oak Park River Forest. He has worked with dancers and performers in local productions, including Broadway in Chicago shows such as Billy ElliotShrek, and others.

Dr. Mjaanes has been one of the team physicians for the United States Soccer Federation for eight years. He has traveled abroad with the national teams, including the gold medal winning national women’s team. Currently Dr. Mjaanes serves as part of the medical staff for USA Rugby and has been working with the Men’s National Team, the Eagles. Dr. Mjaanes completed a rotation at the US Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, CA and has been credentialed to work with US Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Segment Two:

Joe Estes, PT, DPT, CGFI, from Athletico discusses golf fitness,
swing analysis and injury assessment. Joe received a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Western University of Health Sciences in California and is a Level 1 golf fitness instructor Certified through the Titleist Performance Institute.

Joe is a physical therapist at Athletico in Oak Brook, which houses the Golf Performance Center with its individual and group golf fitness programs. He performs bio-mechanical evaluations of the golf swing and has volunteered at multiple golf tournaments for the IPGA, CDGA, and IJGA.