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Sports Medicine Weekly

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


The Evaluation and Management of Concussions
Dr. Brian Cole is joined by Dr. Elizabeth Pieroth, the Director of the Concussion Program at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, to talk about the evaluation and management of concussions. Dr. Pieroth is a Board Certified Clinical Neuropsychologist and is the Head Injury/Concussion specialist for the Chicago Bears, Blackhawks, White Sox, Fire, and the National Women’s Soccer League, as well as numerous colleges and high schools across the State of Illinois. Dr. Pieroth is the Co-Director of the NFL Neuropsychology Consulting Program. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois and is a member of the USA Football Heads Up Advisory Committee, the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee, the US Soccer Concussion Task Force and the Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois Safety Committee.
38:09 09/20/2022
What Is A High Ankle Sprain?
Dr. Brian Cole is joined by Joshua James, DPT, CSCS from RUSH Physical Therapy to discuss high ankle sprains, including how they are diagnosed and the best treatments to help athletes recover.
24:26 08/29/2022
Caffeine and Caffeine Supplements: Spilling the Beans on Caffeine
Caffeine is the most popular psychoactive substance in the world, with 89 percent of people in the U.S. consuming at least one drink containing caffeine daily. People depend on caffeine or caffeine supplements for a temporary energy boost, to stay alert, to enhance focus, and even to improve their mood. With so many people so dependent on caffeine, today we are going to take an in-depth look at caffeine pills and supplements.
17:08 08/18/2022
The Impact of Playing School Sports with Guest Mickey Pruitt
Former NFL linebacker and current Director of Sports for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) joins Dr. Brian Cole to discuss the importance that school sports have on young students. Pruitt oversees 23 sports, with tens of thousands of CPS athletes; guiding the very program that enriched his life as a teenager in Chicago. Pruitt was an all-state halfback and safety at Robeson High School in Englewood, Ill.
29:00 07/11/2022
Percussive Massage Devices: Muscle Relief in the Palm of Your Hand
Percussive massage devices, which are sometimes referred to as “massage guns”, have become increasingly popular among recreational athletes for therapeutic use. They use targeted percussive or vibration pressure to stimulate blood flow to the muscles and provide the benefits of a massage in the comfort of your home, including reducing soreness, increasing flexibility, and accelerating recovery. But do they actually work? Today, we’ll take a look at the science behind these increasingly popular devices.
14:09 06/27/2022
A Conversation with Six-Time X Games Medalist Grete Eliassen
Dr. Brian Cole is joined by Six-Time X Games Medalist Grete Eliassen to talk about her career in snow sports, dealing with injuries and empowering women in the sport of skiing.
22:06 06/06/2022
How A Collegiate Athlete Is Making Her Comeback from Knee Cartilage Damage
In this episode, Dr. Brian Cole is joined by UCLA Beach Volleyball athlete Lindsey Sparks to talk about her comeback from a knee cartilage injury.
29:16 05/24/2022
The Benefits of Cross-Training
Dr. Cole shares the benefits of taking time away from your primary sport to train other areas of the body which helps reduce the risk of injury.
17:55 05/17/2022
Five Evidence-Based Strategies For Losing Weight
With summer right around the corner, it’s quite common for people to focus on shedding a few pounds. While many diets and fads have some merit, today we’re going to talk about five simple, science-based weight loss strategies that can help you slim down before summer. These include: tracking your diet and exercise daily, starting your day with protein, intermittent fasting, balancing your gut bacteria, and of course, reducing your intake of sugar and refined carbs.
21:51 04/29/2022
The Evolution of Cartilage Restoration with Guest Solomon Wilcots
Dr. Brian Cole is joined by former NFL safety and broadcaster Solomon Wilcots to discuss advancements in cartilage restoration.
19:43 04/11/2022
How To Create Healthy Lifestyle Habits with Karen Malkin
Dr. Brian Cole is joined by Karen Malkin from Karen Malkin Health Consulting to talk about the best ways to create healthy lifestyle habits.
33:18 03/31/2022
How Sports Psychology Helps Athletes and Performers with Lauren Loberg, PhD
On this episode of Sports Medicine Weekly, Dr. Lauren Loberg joins Dr. Brian Cole to discuss her experiences as a UCLA student-athlete, coach, researcher, mental health counselor, and sports psychology consultant.
31:46 03/21/2022
The Best Treatments For Patellar Tendonitis
Josh James, a Physical Therapist from RUSH PT joins Dr. Cole to discuss the best ways to manage patellar tendonitis, commonly referred to as jumper's knee.
16:40 03/07/2022
Intermittent Fasting: Fad or Fact?
Dr. Cole breaks down the science behind Intermittent Fasting (IF), discussing the potential benefits and side effects, and looking at the different types of IF plans.
13:09 02/22/2022
What Is Heart Rate Variability?
Dr. Brian Cole explains why a measurement called Heart rate variability, or HRV, is an important metric for determining your body’s readiness to perform.
12:27 02/07/2022
Is Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) Right For You?
Dr. Brian Cole talks about Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) including whether or not athletes should be able to supplement their testosterone levels with TRT and when is the proper time to consider this treatment.
19:17 01/31/2022
Achieving Your Goals In The New Year
What’s the secret to keeping resolutions? How do you become one of the exclusive, high achievers who set and actually follow through on their resolutions? Dr. Brian Cole shares tips for how you can set and achieve your goals in the new year. Sports Medicine Weekly is brought to you by: Rush Physical Therapy JRF Ortho Vericel Karin Malkin Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush
17:00 01/24/2022
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. 
22:16 01/11/2022
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.
17:31 12/10/2021
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.
17:59 12/02/2021
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. 
27:05 11/22/2021
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. 
27:52 11/09/2021
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.
02:20 11/04/2021
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.
21:28 10/26/2021
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 customers to accelerate the clinical development and commercialization of innovative medical treatments that improve healthcare outcomes for patients. With approximately 70,000 employees, IQVIA conducts operations in more than 100 countries.
26:04 10/19/2021
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.
04:12 10/18/2021
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.
40:20 10/13/2021
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.
18:59 10/03/2021
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.
17:57 09/27/2021
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.
11:14 09/20/2021