Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR) Sports Performance Center

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David Heidloff, Athletico’s Manager of The Sports Performance Center at MOR in Oak Brook Illinois, talks with Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph and Steve Kashul about the opening of the brand new Sports Performance Center at Rush in Oak Brook IL, what services it offers and how it is different than a typical strength and conditioning facility.

At Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR) Sports Performance Center, our goal is to bridge the gap between sports medicine and sports performance. Using evidence-based methods and the world’s best equipment at our state-of-the-art facility, we are helping athletes of all levels transition from injury to a confident return to their sport. Our programs don’t just get you back to activity, they also enhance performance – building strength, improving agility, addressing injury risk factors, and bolstering confidence for athletes returning to sport.

Within our new facility in Oak Brook is a state-of-the-art sports performance center dedicated to helping patients confidently return to sport after injury with programs such as a functional sports assessment. Additional services are also available such as blood flow restriction training, video throwing assessment, strength and conditioning services and video gait analysis.

Our team has extensive experience working with athletes from the professional teams like the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Fire as well as little leagues and club soccer teams. We believe all athletes deserve access to effective strength and conditioning programming derived from medically sound foundations.

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Performance Nutrition: Amino Acids vs. Protein

Dr. Brian Cole and Steve Kashul talk with James Jacobsen from Glanbia Optimum Nutrition about the difference between protein powder and amino acid supplements for athletic training, superior types of protein for specific sports and the definition of performance nutrition.

Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN) is the number one global performance nutrition brand portfolio comprising Optimum Nutrition, BSN, Isopure, thinkThin, Nutramino, ABB, Body & Fit and Amazing Grass, each with its own brand essence.

Our mission is to inspire consumers everywhere to achieve their performance and healthy lifestyle goals. We produce the full range of performance nutrition products with broad consumer appeal, and we are the market leader in innovation and new product development. Glanbia plc - link to home page

Whether it’s a protein smoothie in the morning, a pre-workout energy drink, a post work-out protein shake to repair and build muscle, or an on-the-go protein bar, professional athletes and everyday fitness enthusiasts all over the world rely on GPN products for their nutritional needs.

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Five Lesser-Known Mental Health Values of Exercise

By Briana Jamshidi, Rehab Technician for ATI Physical Therapy

It has become common knowledge that exercise is good for the body. Regular exercise can aid in weight loss and help strengthen our muscles and bones, but sometimes that isn’t enough to get you exercising on a daily basis. There are numerous mental health benefits that come as a result of working out. These reasons may be the motivating factors you need.

Exercise and Positive Mood

There is a strong link between exercise and the treatment of mild to moderate anxiety and depression. Exercise encourages all kinds of positive changes in your body by releasing endorphins in your brain such as dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. They are known as the “feel good” chemicals because of their strong influence on your mood.

Exercise and Self-Esteem

When you aren’t happy with the way your body looks, it takes a toll on your confidence. Exercise helps to build your self-esteem by improving how your body moves, feels and looks. Even if you don’t lose weight from exercising, you are likely still strengthening your muscles and creating a firmer appearance of your skin. It can be empowering to run longer, lift heavier weights and stretch farther. These physical results will make you feel better about how you look and improve your confidence and self-esteem.

Exercise and Brain Power

Exercise enhances blood flow throughout your body, as well as in your brain. This increased blood flow supports the survival of new neurons and helps other neurons fire up faster. Exercise has been shown to promote neurogenesis, which allows for the creation and survival of new brain cells in the brain. All of this allows for better cognitive function, memory recall and more creativity.

Exercise and Pain

Studies show that people who exercise and stay flexible are able to better manage their pain than those who don’t. Typically, chronic pain can lower your pain threshold, meaning it takes less pain to cause you discomfort. Exercise, fortunately, helps to increase your pain threshold. The increased blood flow throughout your body allows your joints and muscles to move more freely, which further helps to decrease pain.

Exercise and Stress

When you engage in exercise, no matter what kind, it is wise to practice mind-to-muscle connection. This means focusing on the muscles you are using and intentionally squeezing them. During this time, you actually give your mind a chance to slow down and stop thinking about your stressors. Pair this with the better sleep you will experience from exercising and you will feel a significant reduction in your stress levels.

There are so many different types of exercise, ranging from weight lifting to yoga. No matter the kind, doing some is better than none. Do what you can and not only will you reap the benefits physically, but mentally as well.

Are aches and pains getting in the way of your daily activities?

If simple home interventions are not helping to lessen aches, pains and discomfort, it’s time to see a physical therapist. Stop by your nearest ATI Physical Therapy clinic for a complimentary screening and get back to doing you.

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How Snow Skiing can help keep You Young!

Snow Skiing as a Natural Anti-Aging Remedy

Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and Steve Kashul talk with Peter Braun MS, LAT, ATC, ITAT from ATI Physical Therapy. This discussion focuses on how snow skiing can keep you young and what make skiing a unique type of exercise.

The effects of time on one’s body are unavoidable and often substantial. Many of us in the field of medicine are in an endless search to find the perfect sport, activity or exercise that will unlock our physical potential, well into our years. Scientific research has found that there are certain factors that contribute to longevity and sustainability.


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