Ankle Injuries; Bone Bruises; Men’s Health

Episode 16.33 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.

new host image

Segment One: Dr. Simon Lee from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush discusses sprains, dr-simon-leeachilles and other foot and ankle injuries; bracing vs taping. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), 25 percent of all injuries from sports are to the foot and ankle. Athletes who play certain sports with sudden foot movements, such as hockey, basketball, football and tennis, are at a greater risk of ankle injuries. However, The Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine reports that the sports that cause the most ankle injuries are boys’ and girls’ basketball and girls’ gymnastics.

For dancers, the rate of ankle injuries is even higher than for those who play sports. A full 50 percent of dancers’ injuries are to the foot or ankle. Dancers’ feet and ankles endure twists, turns and heavy load during practices and performances. In addition, they are under pressure to stay thin and may eat too few nutrients, exacerbating injuries by weakening their bones and muscles. A minor injury to the ankle will leave athletes or dancers sidelined for at least two weeks. However, a major ankle injury, like a severe sprain or Achilles rupture, can take months to heal. If an athlete doesn’t allow enough time for recovery, they are at risk of sustaining a re-injury.

While there is a rising number foot and ankle injuries in athletes and dancers, researchAnkles for Life shows that these injuries can be prevented by performing ankle balance, stretching and strengthening exercises and alternating with another sport. This is why the Midwest Orthopedics at Rush (MOR) and the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association (IATA) have teamed up to promote awareness and prevention of ankle injuries.Ankles for Life aims to provide essential information regarding specific ankle injuries and tips for preventing these injuries in the future.

Segment Two: Steve and Dr. Cole discuss the recent bone bruise injury suffered by Michael Carter Williams of the Chicago Bulls. Definition, causes, diagnosis, treatment, recovery and decisions on when to return to play.

(Getty Images)

Bulls guard Michael Carter-Williams will miss four to six weeks with a left knee bone bruise. Carter-Williams suffered the injury while taking a hard fall on defense. An MRI revealed no ligament damage in his knee, the team said.

Segment Three: Brett Wapotish from Athletico specializes in pelvic floor disorders in men and describes the causes, symtoms and treatment. Chances are you have heard the month of November referred to as Movember several times over the last few years. While the first thing that comes to mind is probably mustaches, it is important to know that there is a bigger cause behind the Movember movement.

movemberMovember brings awareness to common men’s health issues, such as cancer and heart disease, as well as highlights the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. Athletico has supported the Movember movement for three years via our AthletiMo team, which anyone can join to help raise funds and spread the word about men’s health.

Learn more about how you can participate with the AthletiMo’s


Transition to Autumn Golf; Chicago Sports Summit; Tips for Marathon Runners

Episode 16.29 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.

new host image2

Segment One: James Standhardt, Certified Personal Coach from GolfTEC talks withstandhardt Dr. Cole and Steve about transition to the autumn golf season, improving your game through consistency and the GolfTEC Advantage. James has taught for more than 12 years and has given over 17,000 lessons with GolfTEC. Five time “Outstanding Achievement in Instruction” winner.

Integrating Technique, Equipment and Conditioning Through Technology

For golfers who are serious about golf instruction and improving their games, or getting started correctly, GolfTEC provides an unmatched experience and consistent results.

Giving millions of golf lessons to thousands of golfers of every ability confirms our belief in a comprehensive approach to game improvement. We know that an on-going Game Plan will build your golf skills faster and provide more lasting results than an occasional golf lesson.

At GolfTEC you’ll have your own Certified Personal Coach who knows your golf game and is passionate about seeing it improve. We have developed the Five Factors needed for maximum improvement. When incorporated into your Game Plan, they lead to a swing you can depend on again and again.

Segment Two: Dr. Cole talks with Steve about the great success of the Chicago Sports Summit held on October 5th in which Dr. Cole as one of the emcees, shared the sports-summitspotlight with some of the biggest names in Chicago sports and heard from insiders about the business of Chicago sports. Content from the event will be posted soon at

Segment Three: Dorothy Cohee from Athletico talks with Dr. Cole about the Chicago Marathon, runner injuries, training tips and recovery; the advantages of foam rolling.


Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet; Stem Cell Therapy: Myths and Misconceptions; Treatment and Prevention of “Text Neck”

Episode 16.23 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: Certified Integrated Health Coach, Karen Malkin discusses the health med-dietbenefits of the Mediterranean Diet.  This anti-inflammatory diet promoted by Andrew Weil, MD, helps counteract chronic inflammation, and prevent age-related diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Health benefits of an anti-inflammatory diet include lower LDL and total cholesterol and long-term weight loss without calorie counting. Key foods on the Mediterranean diet include 5-9 servings each day of phytonutrient containing vegetables and fruit and cooked Asian mushrooms to support immune function.

The anti-inflammatory food plan encourages fiber- rich beans and legumes; fish loaded in Omega 3’s such as wild salmon; whole soy foods such as tofu, tempeh; healthy fats such as olive oil, nuts, seeds, ground flax seed and avocados.  Of course, we can’t forget a small amount of dark chocolate and red wine, plus 2-4 cups of green tea each day, all loaded with antioxidants.

Segment Two: Dr. Cole discusses stem cell therapy and its use for elite athletes andstem-cell
the weekend warrior; definition, benefits, myths and misconceptions; the procedure and current research.

Manipulating stem cells from a patient’s bone marrow near the site of the defect in order to encourage cartilage growth and regeneration is an approach that could potentially be used to avoid surgical intervention.

Ongoing clinical trials and research efforts

Segment Three: Megan Randich, PT, DPT, ATC, Cert. MDT and Facility Manager from Athletico discusses “Text Neck”: Causes, symptoms, treatment and prevention.

"Text neck"

More teens than ever are complaining of “text neck,” or back and neck pain that can only be explained by the strain on the body caused by constant viewing of hand-held technology.

“We have teens experiencing the same shoulder, neck and back pain usually felt by people 30 years older,” said Megan Randich, a physical therapist and facility manager for Athletico in Westchester. “They shouldn’t be experiencing those issues.”

Randich said spine specialists also are seeing evidence of strain from cellphone, tablet and laptop use in high school athletes who complain that they don’t have the normal range of motion — or feel pain when trying to throw a baseball, strike a football stance or perform in other sporting activities.

More on ‘Text Neck’ article with Megan Randich plus video


The Gift of Life through Donation; Challenges of Sports Medicine: Team Physicians; Benefits of ASTYM® for Chronic Heel Pain

Episode 16.18 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: Samantha’s Lasting Impact: The Gift of Life Through Donation

Tim Joos from AlloSource talks about the incredible role donation has played in his life. Tim’s 17-year-old daughter, Samantha, was a kind, loving, generous young woman whose life ended too soon. She passed away after suffering injuries in a car accident on her way to high school. The Joos family found comfort in knowing that she helped many people through her gift of donation and that her legacy of love lives on through the recipients she has helped. Inspired by his daughter, Tim embarked on another donation journey – his own.

Segment Two: Challenges of Sports Medicine: Team Physicians- Risks, Rewards, and Responsibilities. FREE AAOS Interactive Annual Meeting Webinar: The Way I See It.

 Learn what the experts do as team physicians in sports medicine. Benefit from the inside story – what you need to know about being a team physician. Brian J. Cole, MD, MBA, Moderator, shares his experience and views, the way he sees it.

August 9, 2016-Time: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM CT – Register Now

Segment Three:  Michael Czuba- PT, DPT, SCS, ATC, CSCS, from Athletico talks about the benefits of ASTYM® in treating chronic heel pain (PLANTAR FASCIITIS), related article.

Plantar heel pain is the most common diagnosis for foot & ankle pain, andAthletico Astym Achilles Pain approximately 1 in 10 individuals will experience plantar heel pain during the course of
their life. Current research suggests that the underlying pathology behind chronic plantar heel pain is the result of a degenerative process, as opposed to inflammation, which has significant implications for its treatment. The use of Astym® therapy has been shown to promote cell regeneration and decrease presence of scar tissue resulting in improved ROM, decreased pain, and improved function in several tendinopathies and chronic soft tissue injuries.

The Astym® system is an evidence-based, non-invasive rehabilitation program that stimulates the body’s regenerative healing process. The goal of Astym treatment is to encourage the body’s healing response by helping to rejuvenate muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

Athletico’s certified therapists conduct this effective therapy by using specially-designed instruments to identify areas of dysfunction. The therapist will move the instruments firmly along the skin, in very particular directions. This allows the therapist to recognize the defective soft tissue and help those areas heal.

Performance Solutions; Preventing ACL Injuries; Managing MLB Injuries

Episode 16.14 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: Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush sitting in8 for Dr. Brian Cole this week. Steve and Dr. Bush-Joseph talk with Dr. Tim Gabbett from Gabbett Performance Solutions in Queensland Australia. Dr. Gabbett works with the Chicago Bulls and other professional teams using his unique training philosophy to solve their problems scientifically through evidence based research and individualized training. Dr Tim Gabbett has 20 years experience working as an applied sport scientist with athletes and coaches from a wide range of sports.

He holds a PhD in Human Physiology (2000) and has completed a second PhD in the Applied Science of Professional Football (2011) , with special reference to physical demands, injury prevention, and skill acquisition. Tim has worked with elite international athletes over several Commonwealth Games (2002 and 2006) and Olympic Games (2000, 2004, and 2008) cycles.

He continues to work as a sport science and coaching consultant for several high performance teams around the world and has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and has presented at over 200 national and international conferences. He is committed to performing world-leading research that can be applied in the ‘real world’ to benefit high performance coaches and athletes.

Segment Two: Dave Heidloff from Athletico discusses their 3P Program for ACL Injuries. Most recent studies show that anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears sideline more than 200,000 athletes each year. The majority of these injuries occur while playing agility sports, such as basketball, soccer, skiing, and football. ACL injuries are most often seen in males due to the greater number of male sports participants, but this statistic obscures the fact that female athletes actually have a higher risk of injury.

NCAA statistics show that female athletes are two to eight times more likely to sustain an ACL injury. Physical therapists and trainers agree that ACL injuries are on the rise. We attribute this development to young athletes specializing in one sport too early, playing a single sport year-round, and the increasing pressure to compete at higher levels. But there is good news. A recent study reported that athletes can reduce their ACL 3P Logo_Athleticorisk of injury as much as 72 percent by engaging in a comprehensive knee strengthening and conditioning program.

Athletes who sustain an ACL injury requiring surgery can get back on the field with the help of a good surgeon, specialized rehabilitation, and a return to play program. We are committed to providing specialized rehabilitation programs to our patients, as well as customized return to play programs. We also strive to  educate athletes and parents on our 3P’s: Prevention, Progression, Performance.

Segment Three: Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph as head team physician forsox pitcher the Chicago White Sox talks about the special demands in dealing with the long MLB season. The high number of games, long training periods, high daily pitch counts, fatigue and the velocity-intensity of pitching has produced a large number of elbow injuries (UCL-Tommy John). Youth baseball also has experienced this problem with the intensity of throwing the hard fast ball but discusses how that can be controlled. However, long run conditioning has replaced steroid use for improved performance.


Fat Loss vs. Muscle Gain; Soft Tissue Transplants; The Graston Technique-Therapy for Optimal Range of Motion

Episode 16.12 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 OneCole Cruz from Coalition Training talks with Steve and Dr. Cole about preferred training routines for fat loss vs. muscle gain: weight training, high intensity training, walking, diet, cardio and recovery.

  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist-1
  • Master of Science, Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Fabletics|FL2 Master Ambassador

Segment Two: Dr. Cole discusses the use of allografts in joint reconstruction; ACL and cartilage repair; meniscus transplants in high level pro athletes; advancements in the collection and processing of donor tissue; ongoing research at Rush University Medical Center to improve transplant techniques; AlloSource as a prime resource for fresh cartilage tissue used for joint repair.

AlloSource is a nonprofit organization founded in 1994 to honor and respect the gift of human tissue donation by responsibly developing, processing and distributing life-saving and life-enhancing allografts for our communities. They offer more than 200 types of precise bone, skin, soft-tissue and custom-machined allografts for use in an array of life-saving and life-enhancing medical procedures.

Segment Three: Dorothy Cohee, PT, DPT, OCS from Athletico discusses how the Graston Technique is used to treat soft tissue injuries. Graston Technique® is an innovative, evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to detect and effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions, as well as maintain optimal range of motion.

The treatment goal and process of the Graston Technique® is to first “break up” these adhesions by breaking down the collagen cross-links that have been formed and then to realign them with proper stretching and strengthening.  The Graston Technique® can be used through muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and on a wide variety of acute and chronic conditions such as:

Cervical sprain/strain (neck pain) Lumbar sprain/strain (back pain)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain) Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)
Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow) Medial Epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
Rotator Cuff Tendinitis (shoulder pain) Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
Achilles Tendinitis (ankle pain) Fibromyalgia
Scar Tissue Trigger Finger
Shin Splints Joint Sprains