Donor Family Shares Story of Hope; Zach Miller Knee Injury; Cheerleader Injuries

Episode 17.30 Rerun

Segment One (01:30): The Healing Process of Donor Parents Lori and Rob Chana.

Cameron Chana (2)Cameron Chana was a born leader who focused on making an impact in lives of others. He was very involved in volunteer work, his church, and went on mission trips across the world. No matter where he was, he encouraged positivity and spread his caring, upbeat energy.

The Chana family’s world was turned upside down when twenty-two-year old Cameron was killed in a bus accident in 2009. During a time of unimaginable grief, his parents and three siblings honored his wish to be a donor.

Cameron’s legacy of hope and love lives on through the gift of organ and tissue donation. He saved five lives through organ donation and impacted as many as 50 lives through tissue donation. Learn more at AllowSource.

Lori & Rob Chana with Steve and Dr. Cole

Chana family with Cameron on the Left

Cameron’s heart recipient

Segment Two (14.12): Steve and Dr. Cole talk with former Chicago Bear Otis WilsonUSP NFL: CHICAGO BEARS AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS S FBN NO CHI USA LA about Zach Millers horrific knee injury in the recent game against the New Orleans Saints. Chicago Bears Zach Miller had emergency surgery last week to repair a torn popliteal artery in his left leg, an injury that has resulted in amputation in some previous instances involving other football players. The 33-year-old dislocated his left knee while trying to catch a touchdown pass, which subsequently damaged the artery.

Segment Three (21:04): Dr. Kathy Weber from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush talksabout the prevalence of catastrophic injuries and concussions in cheerleaders. Cheerleading is by far the most perilous sport for female athletes in high school and college, accounting for as much as two-thirds of severe school-sports injuries over the past 25 years, according to a new report. Yet cheerleading remains one of the least-regulated sports, despite more than 95,000 high school girls and 2,000 boys signing up for spirit squads nationwide each year.

kathleen weberDr. Weber’s reputation as a leading sports medicine physician is enhanced by her remarkable activity in the treatment of high-level professional athletes. She serves as the head primary care sports medicine team physician for the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox and the head team physician for the Chicago Force Women’s Football. She also serves as co-head team physician for the DePaul Blue Demons and the physician for the Hubbard Street Dance and the River North Dance Companies. In addition, she is a member of the LPGA Medical Advisory Board. She is on numerous committees including the NBA Team Physicians Executive Committee, NBA Research Committee, MLB Concussion Committee, and MLB Research Committee. Dr. Weber has been involved with the MLB Medical Advisory Board for multiple years and is the first women elected President of the MLB Team Physicians Association.

If These Walls could Talk-Chicago Bears; The Return of Zach LaVine; Understanding Probiotics

Episode 17.31 Rerun

Segment One (01:27):  Former Chicago Bear Otis Wilson talks with Steve and Dr. Cole about how the game has changed from 1985 and about his new book, If These Walls Could Talk: Chicago Bears: Stories from the Chicago Bears Sideline, Locker Room, and Press Box. Led by stars like Walter Payton, Jim McMahon, Mike Singletary, William “Refrigerator” Perry, head coach Mike Ditka, and defensive coordinator Buddy Ryan, the Chicago Bears in the 1980s were an NFL powerhouse.

As anyone who’s seen “The Super Bowl Shuffle” surely knows, they were also an unforgettable group of characters. Otis Wilson, the Bears starting outside linebacker, was right in the center of the action, and in this book, Wilson provides a closer look at the great moments and personalities that made this era legendary. Readers will meet the players, coaches, and management and share in their moments of triumph and defeat. Be a fly on the wall as Wilson recounts stories from those days in Chicago, including the 1985 Super Bowl-winning season. If These Walls Could Talk: Chicago Bears will make fans a part of the team’s storied history.

Segment Two (12:58): Dr. Cole and Steve discuss the return of Zach LaVine and the rehab process after ACL reconstruction. Fred Hoiberg confirmed that the Bulls will be bringing Zach LaVine (knee) along slowly once he’s cleared for contact.Zach LaVine #8 of the Chicago Bulls poses for a portrait during the 2017-18 NBA Media Day on September 25, 2017 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

“We’ll still take things slow,’’ Hoiberg said. “We won’t throw him out for an hour scrimmage the first day he gets cleared for contact. It will be a gradual process. But he’s doing great, doing everything he’s supposed to do.’’
LaVine is on track to be cleared for contact within the next few weeks, but the Bulls will be taking an extremely cautious approach with his return, so it could be a while until he’s fully up to speed working without restrictions.

Segment Three (19:41): Karen Malkin from Karen Malkin Health Counseling decribes probiotics, why and when they should be used.

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.

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Good bacteria are naturally found in your body. You can find probiotics in some foods and supplements.

It’s only been since about the mid-1990s that people have wanted to know more about probiotics and their health benefits. Doctors often suggest them to help with digestive problems. And because of their newfound fame, you can find them in everything from yogurt to chocolate.

Youth Football Concussion Prevention Program Shows Early Signs of Success

By Brian Rog for ATI Physical Therapy

Youth Football Concussion Prevention Program Shows Early Signs of Success

As the play clock winds down, your team takes formation and the center snaps the ball. That unmistakable sound of helmets colliding fills the airwaves. You charge downfield for a pass, then suddenly, your forward progress comes to a screeching halt. You sense an unnerving ringing in your head and a burst of light fills your line of sight. Reality begins to slip away. Minutes later, you awake to find yourself lying motionless on the ground. That once thunderous sound of cheers from the stands has lessened to silence. It’s that moment you sense something isn’t right.

You finally make it to the sidelines trying to make sense of the situation – but to no avail. Regrettably, your team isn’t staffed with an on-site trainer, so the coaching unit, to the best of their abilities, diagnose your condition as just a minor upper body injury. As the days pass, you struggle to concentrate. At times, vertigo has you questioning gravity’s effectiveness. It’s then that you realize these symptoms imply a concussion – though no mention was made of it. You decide to go see a specialist, and just as expected, you suffered a moderate concussion. Fortunately, through modern science and advancements in treatment techniques, providers such as ATI, are equipped with the treatment protocols to safely get individuals back to the demands and activities associated with their lifestyle.

The commonality of situations like this among youth football players is hitting staggering levels, and with participation rates dropping fast, organizations across the country are scrambling to find a solution.

A program tabbed Heads Up Football, which was adopted a few years ago by USA Football is quickly becoming a beacon of hope for players and coaches.

Heads Up Football is a program built on improving training and tackling techniques for coaches and trainers. The program also educates players on concussion awareness and key safety issues. Heads Up training is now used by more than 7,000 youth and high school football programs across the United States, according to USA Football.

To further understand the program’s impact on brain trauma prevention, a team of researchers, led by ATI’s very own clinical research scientist, Ellen Shanley, PhD, PT, OCS, spent months collaborating with USA Football. The group developed a multi-level analysis that would better identify the variances in concussion instances and recovery times. The study measured standard training methods (used by 60% of organizations – according to research) against the Heads Up Training program.

In advance of the 2015 high school football season, USA Football mounted the program by administering Heads Up training to 14 schools (1,818 players) and standard training methods to the remaining 10 schools (696 players). A total of 2,514 students were tracked throughout the season.

To ensure full compliance and proper usage of the training methods/techniques, USA Football officials conducted three random evaluations over the course of the season. Adding to compliance standards, athletic trainers at each participating school were tasked with monitoring and recording injury data from practices and games. For players sustaining concussions, treatment was administered within the same healthcare provider network – to maintain consistency within the data.

Throughout the study, a total of 117 concussions were documented by medical personnel. Of these injuries, players who trained using the Heads Up program sustained 75 concussions (out of 1,818 players) compared with 45 from the non-Heads Up teams (696 players). These injuries represent a concussion rate of 4.1 per 100 players for the Heads Up athletes compared to 6.0 for non-Heads Up athletes.

“The results of our study seem to suggest that possibly less severe concussions were occurring with the Heads Up group which could be a significant hurdle to learning about and preventing concussions in youth football and keeping kids active,” said Shanley. “With this being the first paper to evaluate the impact of this type of training program on the incidence and recovery of concussion, we hope to do additional research with a larger data pool to continue to build insights.”

Research also found that concussed players involved in the Heads Up program returned to action 27 percent faster. To view the official research abstract, click here.

Given the success of this early data set, the Heads Up Football training approach is emerging as a favorable long-term solution to reducing the rate of serious brain injuries. Ellen and team will continue their mission of gathering evidence in support of this impactful training program.

If you or someone you know has recently experienced a head injury, get it checked out right away. Stop by an ATI clinic near you or schedule a complimentary screening at ATI Physical Therapy today!


By AlloSource – “Doing More with Life”


A large part of who Cameron had become was likely over. Competing as a student athlete on the lacrosse field was what he loved most. As team captain, he had every intention of leading his team throughout his senior year. Additionally, he was planning to continue playing the sport he loved in college.

“When I got word from my doctor that my senior year of lacrosse was over, I was devastated,” said Cameron.

During a game, Cameron injured his ankle. Thinking it was a minor injury, he continued playing. Despite initially thinking it was just a sprain, he woke up the next morning to an ankle swollen to the size of a basketball.

“We went to the emergency room wondering if my ankle was broken or shattered,” said Cameron. The news was grim. Cameron’s ankle was completely shattered. In his mind, his lacrosse playing days were over.

His doctor however, had a different idea. He knew about a procedure that had been successfully performed on over 40 adults.

“They said the procedure involved using cartilage from a child donor and injecting it into my ankle,” said Cameron. Though no one as young as Cameron had ever had the procedure, he and his doctors decided it was his best option. The procedure was a success.

“I was out of the hospital in about four hours and I only had to stay on pain medicine for about three or four days,” he said.

After just two weeks of recovery, Cameron was back working with his trainer on his upper body strength and flexibility while his ankle was recovering. By the second month, he was in a walking boot going to all of his classes.

“This procedure clearly allowed me the opportunity to continue playing the sport I love, lacrosse,” said Cameron. “My doctor said that without this new technology I was unlikely to ever have the mobility necessary to play lacrosse at the college level. If I had gotten pins and screws installed instead of this procedure I am sure I would not be on my school’s team today.”

When first told about the procedure, Cameron felt uneasy. He realized that while he was recovering, a family would be grieving.

“I understood that a family lost a very young child so I could get healthy again,” he said. “But at the same time, they were brave enough to honor their family member by donating their organs and tissue. The more I thought about the surgery and the gift I was getting, the more I realized the best way to honor my donor was to live my life to its fullest.”

Cameron not only tells his friends and family to become donors, he also thinks of his donor family while he plays the sport he so loves.

“There are many times when I am tired in practice or a game when I have a quick thought to dig a bit deeper as a small measure of thanks for all that I have been given,” Cameron said. “I feel that I am tremendously fortunate to have been given such a gift.”

Health Coaching vs Nutritionist; Helmet Safety

Episode 17.22 

Segment One (01:56): Karen Malkin from Karen Malkin Health Counseling talks with Steve and Dr. Cole about customizing your diet to your own physiology and biology. With all the options-resources available today and information overload, Karen helps to simplify decisions on “Whats Right for Me”.

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Segment Two (16:03): Samantha Cochran from Athletico Physical Therapy discusses helmet safety when participating in various sports, proper use and fitting of helmets. While all leagues and teams require helmets, many coaches, players and parents don’t know exactly how to choose a helmet that will provide the right protection. Athletico has developed a step-by-step guide to educate parents, athletes and coaches on selecting and wearing helmets.

Proper Fitting Tips for Protective Equipment

  • Always follow manufacturer’s guidelines when fitting any helmet2017 national athletic training month
  • Hair should be wet when fitting any helmet
  • Each part of the helmet serves a purpose
  • Attention to detail and wearing every helmet properly ensures maximum protection
  • Never cut corners
  • Replace any helmet that has been damaged
  • Look for the NOCSAE seal of approval
  • Comfort is key
  • If your helmet is fitted properly but not comfortable, explore other options

Samantha Cochran is an athletic trainer with Athletico Physical Therapy at Malcolm X College within the City Colleges of Chicago. She received her Master of Science degree with a concentration in Kinesiology in 2014 from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. In her time at TAMUCC she served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer for Islanders’ athletics from 2012-2014.

Helmet Fitting Tips from Athletico Physical Therapy