The Chicago Bulls are off to an inconsistent start to their Eastern Conference finals series with the Miami Heat. However, their team physician, Dr. Brian Cole, a faculty member at Rush University Medical Center, had a smooth radio debut.
Cole, who continues to look over the health of a Bulls team that is tied 1-1 in its series with the Heat, provided plenty of sports injury advice and fantasy sports injury insight, while also talking with guest specialists on the first “Sports Medicine Weekly” program, which aired last Saturday from 7-8 a.m. on ESPN’s Chicago affiliate, WMVP-AM. The show will continue in that time slot for 11 more weeks, giving weekend warriors a window to soak up knowledge from a physician who treats some of the world’s top athletes.
These players are no different than our patients,” Dr. Cole said. “These injuries are no different than anything anyone else would sustain.”
A highlight of the show was the fantasy sports segment, which will be a weekly feature. Cole, co-host Steve Kashul and Kyle Pilz, a physician assistant at Rush, discussed current injuries, how they are treated and how much time an athlete might need to rest before performing at a high level again. Among the players discussed was former Cy Young winner and Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy, who shut out the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday. It was his second start following a 10-month layoff due to surgery to repair a right latissimus dorsi tendon. The surgery was performed by Dr. Anthony Romeo, an orthopedic surgeon at Rush.
Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph, Romeo’s colleague at Rush and head team physician for the White Sox, joined Cole on the show to talk about his experience working with a Major League Baseball team. Dr. James Andrews, perhaps the most renowned orthopedic surgeon in sports medicine, was also a guest.
The following is a preview of the segments scheduled to air on tomorrow’s program:
- Post-operative pain and recovery
- Management of acute sprains and strains, featuring Dr. Kathleen Weber, team physician for the Bulls and White Sox
- Back injuries and pain in adolescent athletes, a discussion including Dr. Kern Singh, an orthopedic surgeon at Rush