Managing Sports Injury and Joint Pain

Episode 15.34 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: Management of Sports Injury & Joint Pain for Weekend Warriors

Dr. William Nordt talks with Steve and Dr. Cole about why older athletes are more prone to injury, types of knee injuries, knee braces, non-surgical treatments and when the weekend athlete should see a surgeon. Dr. William Nordt is an orthopedic surgeon and partner in OrthoVirginia since 1990. Perennially voted one of Richmond’s “Top Docs,” he has a strong commitment to excellence in all aspects of orthopedic care. He has served as the team physician for the U.S. Olympic ski team and Olympic training camp, as well as various professional soccer, football, and hockey teams. Dr. Nordt’s passion is restoring patients of all ages to an active and healthy lifestyle. He has devoted much of his career to the study of cartilage disease and founded the Virginia Cartilage Center.

The REACTION WEB is a responsive, webbed approach to knee pain that gives you aREACTION Web - Red distinct alternative to the basic knee sleeve. Developed by world renown orthopedic surgeon, Dr. William Nordt, the REACTION WEB can help decrease knee pain and increase function to get you back to your active lifestyle. The elastomeric web is an innovative solution that absorbs shock, disperses energy and shifts pain away from your knee. This comfortable, easy to apply solution takes the shape of your knee, with an improved design engineered for better fit and comfort.

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Segment Two: Acute vs Chronic Injury – Managing Chronic Pain

Dr. Josh Velarde, DPT from ATI Physical Therapy discusses the difference between acute and chronic injuries and pain and their effect effect on the body; methods that can prevent injuries from becoming chronic: over-training, body mechanics, posture, stretching and balance of conditioning different muscle groups, catching pain early and stop training when it occurs.

Josh received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry at Illinois State University and then went on to earn his Doctorate in Physical Therapy Degree at Governor’s State University in 2010.  He accepted a position at ATI Physical Therapy in the western suburbs of Chicago directly following his doctorate program.  He is currently the clinic director of this outpatient orthopedic clinic.  Josh works with a diverse patient population – with a special interest in postoperative and sport rehabilitation.

He uses his education and background in fitness to help develop patients a comprehensive plan of care with an emphasis on manual therapy and functional strengthening.  He has had great success assisting his patients return to their prior activity level with this strategic plan of care.  Josh continued his education with the Great Lakes Seminars in 2014 – where he gained his certification in Integrated Manual Therapy.  His knowledge of manual therapy has allowed him to provide a more hands-on approach to therapy with his patients in his daily practice.

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Sports Medicine in College vs NBA; Positive Coaching Alliance

Episode 15.33 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: Sports Medicine: College vs NBA

Porter MoserLoyola University (Chicago) Men’s Basketball Coach Porter Moser talks with Bulls Team Physician, Dr. Brian Cole about how injury prevention & treatment and training in college basketball compares with that in the NBA. Entering his fifth season at the helm, Porter Moser engineered one of the best single-season improvements of any Division I program last season and has the Loyola University Chicago men’s basketball program firmly headed in the right direction. A native of Naperville, Ill., and a graduate of Benet Academy, Moser most recently served as the associate head coach at Saint Louis University under the late, great head coach Rick Majerus. Known as a tireless recruiter and a master game tactician, Moser has coached numerous all-conference players in his coaching career and Loyola’s 24 wins last season were a culmination of his hard work recruiting and ability to put his players in a position to win games.

loyola basketballThe Loyola University Chicago Athletic Training Sports Medicine Department is dedicated to promoting comprehensive health care for every LUC student-athlete to promote physical and mental well being. A dedicated, compassionate, and enthusiastic team of professionals utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to skillfully combine evidence-based practice and emerging technologies to ensure each student athlete has the opportunity to compete in their sport safely and at the highest level possible. As part of a university community rooted in the Jesuit tradition, the Sports Medicine Department commits itself to the total development of the student transformation experience. We create an environment that is welcoming and supportive for all student athletes while adhering to the professional standards set forth by Loyola University Chicago, the NATA and within the guidelines of the NCAA and the Missouri Valley Conference.

Segment Two: Positive Coaching Alliance: Better Athletes-Better People

Tai Duncan, PCA-Chicago Executive Director talks with Dr. Cole and Steve about the Positive Coaching Alliance Partnerships with Schools and Youth Sports Organizations, its work and achievements.

headshotTai is a native Chicagoan, and graduate of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, where she also served as Head Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach from 2009-2014. She has seven years of youth sports coaching experience, including her current role as an AAU Girls’ Basketball Coach and Basketball Skills Trainer at Flow Basketball Academy. Tai joins PCA after a successful legal and business career including serving as Assistant Corporation Counsel at the City of Chicago Department of Law in the Labor Division, Director and Corporate Liaison in the Office of the Chief Executive Officer of Ariel Investments, and as an independent business consultant for sports and fitness companies.

National Advisory Board Member and Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Young explains the impact of PCA’s work

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The Future of Stem Cell Research; Prevailing Injuries in Young Athletes, Fall to Winter Sports Transition

Episode 15.32 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: Biologic solutions in orthopedics and potential applications

Nicole Ehrhart, VMD, PhD discusses the future of stem cell research and their potential life changing uses: limb preservation from trauma, infection or cancer; regenerating bone, muscle & organs; treating infections, OA and RA; how adult stem cells regenerate tissue for long term renewal; understanding how the body heals and the sources, harvesting & banking of stem cells.

Nicole Ehrhart, VMD, PhD

Dr. Ehrhart is a Professor at the highly acclaimed Animal Cancer Center in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Colorado State University.  Her laboratory investigates new approaches to improve bone healing for application to radiation therapy and bone cancer treatment.  Current projects include the use of local or systemic administration of mesenchymal stem cells to stimulate healing of allogeneic bone grafts following bone cancer surgery.

Dr. Ehrhart holds the Ross M Wilkins MD Limb Preservation Foundation University Chair in Musculoskeletal Biology and Oncology at CSU. She is the first woman to ever be granted a University Endowed Chair position at Colorado State University. She is the Director of the Laboratory of Comparative Musculoskeletal Oncology and Traumatology and has been actively involved in limb preservation research, regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and sarcoma research for the last eighteen years.

She has been an invited speaker at various venues for in translational research, both nationally and internationally. She holds joint faculty positions in the School of Biomedical Engineering, the Cell and Molecular Biology program, the Gates Regenerative Medicine Center at the University of Colorado and The University of Colorado Cancer Center.

In addition to her research, she has held several prestigious positions in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (Scientific Program Chair, Residents Forum Chair, and Examination Committee), Veterinary Society for Surgical Oncology (President), Veterinary Orthopedic Society (President) and most recently Chair of the 2014 World Veterinary Orthopaedic Congress Organizing Committee.

She has authored numerous publications on limb preservation following trauma or tumor resection and is actively engaged in translational bone regeneration research benefiting both human and canine patients.

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Segment Two: Transition from Fall to Winter High School Sports

Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush andyoung athlete injure Steve Kashul discuss prevailing trends in young athlete injuries and transitioning from fall to winter sports: occurrence, treatment and prevention of ACL Tears; defining Stress Fractures in young athletes, symptoms, evaluation and treatment.

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Eye Injuries in Professional Athletes; Summer Training for Joakim Noah

Episode 15.31 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: Treating Eye Injuries in the Elite Athlete

BlowoutFxDr. Charles Bush-Joseph, Head Team Physician for the Chicago White Sox and Dr. David Orth, Team Ophthalmologist for the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls discuss common as well as more serious injuries occurring in professional baseball and basketball; causes, description, treatment and recovery for the orbital “blow out” fracture.

David H. Orth, M.D., F.A.C.S., is a world-renowned retina specialist and the founder and president of Illinois Retina Associates, one of the most highly regarded retina practices in
the United States. Dr. Orth broke new ground in the delivery of retina care when, in 1975, he opened a retina practice in downtown Chicago and in the village of Flossmoor, 30 miles south of Chicago. At the time, a highly specialized medical practice like retina was David_Orthunheard of in the southern suburbs. But under Dr. Orth’s leadership, Illinois Retina Associates was established in 1981 and has flourished into one of the busiest, most respected retina practices in the nation. Today, 13 board-certified specialists practice out of 12 Illinois Retina locations throughout Chicago’s suburbs and northwest Indiana. In addition to treating patients and guiding a thriving retina practice, Dr. Orth is an esteemed clinical researcher and educator. He is Professor of Ophthalmology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where he co-founded the medical center’s highly sought-after vitreoretinal fellowship. He also serves as Medical Director of the Irwin Retina Center at Ingalls Memorial Hospital and Director of the hospital’s Ophthalmic Laser Laboratory.

Segment Two:  Joakim Noah Summer Training at P3 Performance Training Project

Dr. Bush-Joseph and Steve talk with Joakim Noah’s personal trainer Alex Perris about the off season training for Joakim Noah at P3 Performance Training Project: custom training for professional athletes based on testing and motion capture; mental training through yoga, knowing how far to push the elite athlete, how to measure progress in workouts, recovery management, discipline, diet and rest.

“Jo’s been awesome,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said recently. “His energy, he’s been a great leader out here. He’s knocking down shots right now. Offensive rebounds, he’s finishing with explosiveness. He’s been, I’d say, one of the top guys in camp so far.”

Noah spent much of the summer working out in Santa Barbara, California, at P3 The Peak Performance Project, an athletic training facility that, at least in part, is known for helping athletes get back on track after various injuries. Alongside his trusted friend and trainer Alex Perris, Noah spent much of the offseason in Santa Barbara trying to get his body back in order. The difference in his game early in training camp has been noticeable to teammates.

“I just feel bouncier, just lighter on my feet. Just waking up in the morning and moving good, that’s a good feeling. Doing a lot of yoga every morning before I come in. Just taking care of myself a little different. This isn’t my first rodeo.” – Joakim Noah


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About the Michael Collins Foundation; Electrical Muscle Stimulation

Episode 15.29 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.



Coach Jim Collins, Founder of MCStrong, the Michael Collins Foundation talks about his personal experience and the importance of organ and tissue donation and the planned foundation events for funding initiatives.

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Michael was a middle infielder and pitcher at Normal West High School when they won back-to-back Big 12 conference championships in 2009 and 2010. He earned All-Conference recognition in both 2009 and 2010. He was selected to the Illinois Coaches Association All-Star games in 2010 and was a member of the Big 12 All-Academic team in 2010. Michael played two years of college baseball at Heartland Community College and made consecutive trips to the NJCAA World Series in Enid, OK in 2011 and 2012. The 2011 team was the first Heartland team to advance to the World Series.

Michael “MC” Collins was 22 years old. As a graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Exercise Science, he was just two days away from coaching first base on opening day of his second season as an assistant coach with his Dad at University High School.

On March 28th Michael enjoyed a formal sorority dance at ISU and an evening out with several friends. They did the right thing, calling a designated driver for a ride home and using their seatbelts. Unfortunately across town, a 37 year old mom, already on probation for her 4th felony, made a much different decision. She got behind the wheel of her 2014 Camaro with a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit for driving, and with no regard for human life, hurtled the car down a high-traffic street at speeds exceeding 130 mile per hour leading to a horrific crash.

In life there are givers and there are takers. Michael was a giver. He signed up to be an organ donor not because his parents or anyone told him to, but because it was simply the right thing to do. He gave even in his death. His organ and tissue donation through the Gift of Hope have had a positive impact on hundreds of lives. His liver, pancreas and kidneys live on. He even restored sight to a blind woman in New York. He is our hero.

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Segment Two: Take your workouts to the next level with Portable Electrical Muscle Stimulation

John Welbourn, Former NFL Tackle and Founder of Power Athlete and CrossFit Football, explains how the Compex Wireless USA Muscle Stimulator works and how he uses it in his training programs. WATCH THE VIDEO

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Rehabilitation, pain relief, recovery, muscular reinforcement, physical beauty…whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend-warrior, Compex electrostimulation devices enable you to achieve, and perhaps exceed your training objectives.

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