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Growing Popularity of Paddle Tennis; Pressed Juices

Episode 15.36 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: Platform Tennis Injuries

Dr. Julia Bruene

Platform tennis, or paddle tennis as it also called, has attracted an estimate 10,000 players in the Chicago area over the past several years. Played primarily by adults outside in cold weather months (October through March), it has been known to cause a variety of injuries, including Achilles and ACL tears, shoulder labral injuries, tennis elbow and even retinal tears. Dr. Julia Bruene of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush treats patients with some of these injuries and discusses them with Dr. Brian Cole. Kashul. Dr. Bruene and Dr. Cole are joined by the American Platform Tennis Association’s John Noble.

Dr. Julia Bruene is a sports medicine physician with special interests in concussion management, care of female athletes, care of combat athletes/mixed martial arts, and special needs athletes. In 2006, Dr. Bruene graduated magna cum laude earning her bachelor’s degree in health planning and administration, with a minor in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She went on to complete her medical degree at Rush University Medical College, Chicago, IL graduating in the top 20 percent of her class. Dr. Bruene served as chief resident in the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, Park Ridge, IL. She then completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at Rush University Medical Center.

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Named Official Orthopedic Provider for Chicago Platform Tennis

Brochure Available from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush: 15 Minutes to Avoid the Most Common Platform Tennis Injuries

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Injury Assessment Hot Line for Platform Tennis Injuries 855-603-4141

Segment Two: The Story about Pressed Juices and why its Important

Eric Cooper, Founder and Owner of Pressed Vibrance talks about the benefits and processing of pressed juices; proper utilization of food and how it applies to Athletic Performance; how a plant based diet can enhance performance, recovery, longevity and reduce inflammation; how pressed juices differ from the juicing concept.

A little over four years ago, Eric had what he calls a near death experience. “I had suffered from ulcerative colitis for 10 years. One day, I basically passed out and woke up in the emergency room at Northwestern Hospital for two weeks—arguably the worst two weeks of my life,” he says.

09-13 cooper_mainAfter having his colon removed and being treated with up to 40 different medications he was taking daily, Eric knew that it was time for a radical life change. “My wife Megan sat me down and said, ‘We’re not going through this again,’” Eric remembers. So with the same vigor he once approached fund management, and with a motivation to give back to others to honor those who had been so gracious to him along his journey to healthier living, Eric began discovering the world of nutrigenomics—the study of how food communicates with the body. “I’ve created a Rubik’s Cube of what every fruit and vegetable is good for,” says Eric, flipping through the decks of research he has done on the health benefits of each and every product he uses in his juices. “Ideally, a client will tell us what his pain points are—arthritis, high cholesterol, high blood pressure. From here, we’ll create a juice specifically targeted at the areas he wants to improve,” he says. As Eric’s state-of-the-art kitchen is being built in Lake Bluff, he continues to press most of the juices himself, with the help of his wife and four high school interns.


Eric believes in pressed juices because it hardly requires any digestion—they allow you to get an increase of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes into your system. As a result, you absorb a huge amount of densely packed, plant-based nutrients. No nutrients are lost in the pressing process. Eric tends to drink two to three juices each day, usually different kinds. “I often start my day with a carrot juice. It’s incredibly hydrating and gives me an energy boost much better than any cup of coffee could,” he says. “Then before lunch, as a snack, I’ll have one of our green drinks.” Each 16-oz. juice contains the nutritional equivalent of approximately two to five pounds of fruits and vegetables. The phytonutrients of the juice typically absorb into the bloodstream within 15 to 18 minutes of consuming. “We have quite an extensive catalog of juice recipes,” Eric says, having successfully mastered making healthy drinks that taste delicious.

Related Articles: Here’s to Your Health and Pressed Vibrance


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saeger1On any given day, Meg would be out the door before the sun rose, ready to coach for USA Cycling or teach a yoga class. As an endurance athlete and mother to a busy toddler, her health is crucial to her lifestyle. Though she endured knee pain for several years, a fall off of her mountain bike was the catalyst to a visit with an orthopedic surgeon.

“After my knee scope, it was clear there was a bigger issue,” Meg said. “I basically had no cartilage left on my knee.”

While exploring her surgical options, Meg met with Dr. Vishal Mehta and learned about a new cartilage product, ProChondrix®. AlloSource’s ProChondrix is a cellular 3D fresh cartilage matrix that helps deliver the necessary components for cartilage restoration.  This next generation of cartilage therapy provides live cells and other biological components, which are necessary for repair and regeneration of damaged cartilage tissues.

Dr. Mehta felt ProChondrix would help give Meg back her quality of life.  Before embarking down a surgical path, Meg and Dr. Mehta had several in-depth conversations about the procedure and ProChondrix.

“Dr. Mehta asked me, ‘where do you want to be in a year? Do you want to still be in pain when you go out for a run or a ride? Or do you want to feel pain-free and feel like you have control of your knee?’” she explained.

Meg felt confident in ProChondrix and Dr. Mehta and underwent surgery in the summersaeger2 of 2015. After the procedure, Meg began an aggressive physical therapy regimen and is now back on her bike both coaching and riding for fun. She recently visited AlloSource and got to see firsthand how allografts are processed. She also reflected on what it means to receive donated human tissue.

“You’re receiving a donation from somebody’s loved one. To know that’s going into my knee, it was emotional. It’s very humbling and makes you appreciate the process.”

Hear Meg’s interview with Dr. Cole and Steve Kashul on Sports Medicine Weekly:

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