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The Sports Enthusiast's Official Resource for Fitness, Nutrition, Injury Prevention and Treatment

The Sports Enthusiast's Official Resource for Fitness, Nutrition, Injury Prevention and Treatment


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The Sports Enthusiast's Official Resource for Fitness, Nutrition, Injury Prevention and Treatment








Maximizing The Squat Exercise

On this episode, we talk with Dustin Jesberger, PT, DPT from RUSH Physical Therapy to discuss maximizing and utilizing the squat exercise.


The NBA COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols

In this episode, Dr. Brian Cole breaks down the NBA's COVID-19 health and safety protocols and how the league is working to contain the spread of the virus.


The Benefits Of Yoga For Athletes

In this episode, we talk with Lesley Bezdek-Cohen, PT, DPT about the different benefits of yoga for athletes. Lesley is the Lead Physical Therapist at Rush Physical Therapy’s Andersonville, Illinois clinic. Lesley danced professionally with ballet and jazz companies prior to going back to school for physical therapy and has been teaching yoga since 2009.


Can Alzheimer's Disease Be Prevented?

In this episode, we are joined by Karen Malkin, NBC-HWC, to talk about strategies to support brain health. Karen is a board-certified health coach and the owner of Karen Malkin Health Counseling.


The COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Dr. Brian Cole discusses the COVID-19 vaccine mandate and the vaccine statistics both in the United States and worldwide.


Ask The Doctor: How Does Nutrition Help Joint Recovery?

In this Ask The Doctor episode, Dr. Brian Cole highlights the importance of nutrition in joint recovery.


Understanding The New Aspirin Recommendations

In today's episode, Dr. Brian Cole takes a look at how aspirin has been used over the years — and where the medical advice stands today.


Using Data to Analyze Sports Injuries with Christina Mack, PhD, MSPH, FISPE

We are joined by Dr. Christina Mack, Vice President, Epidemiology and Clinical Evidence at IQVIA, a leading global provider of advanced analytics, technology solutions, and clinical research services to the life sciences industry. IQVIA creates intelligent connections across all aspects of healthcare through its analytics, transformative technology, big data resources, and extensive domain expertise. IQVIA Connected Intelligence™ delivers powerful insights with speed and agility — enabling...


Ask The Doctor: What Is Shoulder Instability and How Is It Treated?

Dr. Brian Cole provides an overview of shoulder instability and the various treatments used to restore stability in the shoulder.


What It Takes To Run a 100-Mile Race with Guest Zach Bitter

In this episode, we are joined by Zach Bitter, an American ultramarathon runner. He held world records for the 100-mile run and the 12-hour run. Bitter claimed both records with his performance during the Six Days in the Dome event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on August 24, 2019.


Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs): How Much Is Too Much?

Dr. Brian Cole and Steve Kashul discuss the positive and negative impacts of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen.


Will Activities Like Running Make Your Arthritis Worse?

In this episode, Dr. Brian Cole and Steve Kashul talk about osteoarthritis, the loss of cartilage that covers our bones, including whether activities such as running can worsen a person's osteoarthritis.


Ep. 27: What Is The Best Alcohol To Drink?

In this episode, Dr. Brian Cole and Steve Kashul dive into which alcohol is the healthiest to drink and how alcohol impacts sleep, which is a critical time for muscle repair.


Ep. 26: Treating Rotator Cuff Tears With Dr. Nik Verma

In this episode, we discuss the treatment of rotator cuff tears with sports medicine and shoulder surgeon Dr. Nik Verma from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. Dr. Verma is the lead investigator in a clinical study focused on the first balloon implant for arthroscopic treatment of massive irreparable rotator cuff tears (MIRCTs).


Ep. 25: Avoiding Injury While Endurance Training with Erin Short, PT, DPT

In this episode, we are joined by Erin Short, PT, DPT, from RUSH Physical Therapy to talk about how to avoid an injury while endurance training. We also discuss the role of physical therapy in helping patients both before and after an injury.


Ep. 24 Maximizing Recovery with Patrick Pauley M.S., ATC, PES, FRCms

In this episode, we talk with Patrick Pauley, an athletic trainer specializing in fitness, injury prevention, and sports performance, about how to use a system approach at the time of injury to maximize recovery.


Ep. 23: Taking Care of Performing Arts Athletes with Dustin Jesberger, PT, DPT

In this episode, we are joined by Dustin Jesberger, PT, DPT from RUSH Physical Therapy who shares insight into common injuries in the performing arts industry. Dustin explains the types of injuries seen in the performing arts space and his role in helping keep these performers as healthy as possible.


Ep. 22: How Sleep Improves Recovery & What You Can Do To Sleep Better

In this episode, Dr. Brian Cole discusses the importance of sleep and how it impacts stress, muscle recovery, memory, immune system, mood, and much more. Dr. Cole also shares his tips for how to sleep better at night.


Ep. 21: Maximizing Performance After Injury with Eric Ridings, B.S., LMT

Eric Ridings, B.S., LMT, joins the podcast to talk about recovering from various degrees of injury and how he helps his clients develop a return to optimal performance in their sport.


Ask The Doctor: ACL Tears — Your Treatment Options

Dr. Brian Cole explains tears to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), which impacts around 500,000 people each year. Learn about the anatomy of the ACL and the treatment options available for ACL tears.