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Monitoring Mental Health – 603

What are you doing to Monitor Mental Health? Do you have an easily replicable process? Care to share that with lots of ATs and SMB fans?

Monitoring Mental Health, Car Wood, Todd Sabol, Mental Health Survey

Cari Wood joins Todd Sabol and host, Jeremy Jackson, to discuss what this looks like in various AT setting and how you can easily maintain this process.

How is Cari Monitoring Mental Health?

This started with a tragic story of losing an athlete. A 3-sport player that committed suicide without anyone noticing signs or symptoms of something being off.

Cari's late athletes family provided funding for the “Your Life Matters Video”

After this Cari knew something had to be done to help identify mental health struggles.

What steps is Cari taking:

Every other year during Impact and Sway baseline testing Cari speaks to each team about the Monitoring Wellness survey. She does not tell them it is “Monitoring Mental Health”

  • Small groups work best
  • Tell them “this is important to me”
  • “I want to know how you are doing”
  • “I am the only one who sees the responses”
  • Use the Remind App to send out the google form
    • Have the QR code ready for baseline testing day
    • Schedule the survey to come out each week to automate the process
  • Sunday evenings have given her the best response rate

Who is Cari Wood?

  • Cari Wood graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine and a Bachelor of Arts in Education-Physical Education/Health. 
  • She returned to her home state of Oregon to work as the first Athletic Trainer at Redmond High School in 1994.
  • She built an athletic training program from scratch and has remained in Redmond ever since. 
  • Cari served on the NATA Board of Directors from 2012-17 and was President/Director of District 10 concurrently.
  • She served District 10 as the Secretary and was the President of Oregon Athletic Trainers' Society.
  • She has had multiple NATA, NWATA, and OATS committee assignments over the years.
  • Currently, Cari is the chair of the NATA Specialty Awards Committee. 
  • Cari was a recipient of the NATA Outstanding Service Award, is an OATS Hall of Fame member.
  • The first woman inducted into the NWATA Hall of Fame in 2017. 
  • She is married to Jon and is incredibly proud of their two children, Bradi (20)and Riley (18).

How have the surveys helped?

Cari helped a soccer coach change the atmosphere of the team by identifying where multiple athletes were reporting negative feelings towards the team. The coach was able to build in more fun and team building activities based on the survey results.

One kid answered all “0”s but did not leave a comment. Cari sought out the athlete but he was absent. The coach contacted him to find out he had been kicked out of his house and having serious family issues. they were able to step in and support him during a very tough spot in his life.

How can you implement these into your system?

  • Ask your IT people to help you set this up for your setting
  • Discuss with your campus admin
  • Test it out in small groups first
  • Share your story
Monitoring Mental Health

What are you doing to monitor the mental health of your athletes?Is it a repeatable process?Can you automate it?What are you doing with the results?Join the conversation or complete the survey to share yours with all of us.

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Need a copy of the form?

Here is the sample form that you can copy to your drive:

There will be a button next to the title that will allow you to save it to your drive

Monitoring Mental Health

Then select File -> Make a copy

Monitoring Mental Health
If you do not make a copy everyone will see your students submissions…BAD IDEA

Now set up the spreadsheet:

Monitoring Mental Health, Spreadsheet, instructions, Cari Wood

Cari's instructions to set up a Monitoring Mental Health survey

Have your own form to share?

Other resources for Monitoring Mental Health

Youtube video instructions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3o4Y46leqM&t=518s

NATA SSATC – Wellness survey info https://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/wellness_screening_guidelines_for_secondary_school_ats.pdf

NATA mental health EAP https://www.nata.org/sites/default/files/mental_health_eap_guidelines.pdf

Contact Us:

Cari Wood – cari.wood@redmondschools.org

Todd Sabol – @ToddSportsMed

Jeremy Jackson@MrJeremyJackson

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Incontinence in Female Athletes – 598

Dr. Sarah Duvall Joins the Sports Medicine Broadcast to discuss Incontinence in Female Athletes from her years of experience training medical professionals in assessing and treating incontinence.

What is incontinence?

An intimidating word… Dr. Sarah Duvall likes to use leakage instead of incontinence to help break down barriers.

Simply put it is leaking urine or feces, but most commonly it is urine.

What does incontinence look like in the young healthy female athlete?

1 in 4 or 25% or 4 of your 12 volleyball players likely experiences urinary leakage.

You as a health care provider may be able to help them perform better without concern of incontinence.

Dr. Duvall treated a 14-year-old runner who experienced leakage while competing in races.

What are some causes?

Pregnancy is a major contributor and multiple pregnancies increase the chance.

Today we discuss two main types:

Urge – Psychological urgent need to urinate that may be triggered by location or proximity to the bathroom.

Stress-related – emotional or physical stress. This may be due to stretched out bladder or lack of regular urination.

How can athletes figure out the source without seeing a healthcare provider?

Treatments for incontinence:

In normal healthy non-traumatized women retraining your bladder should take about 3 days.

What should ATs know?

With nearly 25% of your high school and college-age female athletes experiencing leakage, ATs need to be comfortable discussing the issue.

The more knowledge we have the better we can treat and refer our patients on to the next qualified provider.

If you are uncomfortable discussing the topic think about it like a shoulder or another body part that is less intimidating.

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Incontinence in Female Athletes

Lots of things can cause incontinence in either gender. Female athletes seem to deal with this more foten and many males do not know or understand how to help.Dr. Sarah Duvall is here to help bridge the gap and encourage all medical providers to grow their understandding and help provide more comprenehensive care and education to your patients.

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Tuesday, November 5, 2019

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Dr. Sarah Duvall – coreexercisesolutions@gmail.com
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Kate Miller – kate.miller@fab-ent.com
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Only One You – 596

Join us as we read the children's book Only One You

“It’s time,” Papa said. 
“I think it is,” Mama agreed.
“Time for what?” Adri asked
Papa’s voice softened, “To share some wisdom.”

Only One You, John Ciecko, Mila, Linda Kranz, Jeremy Jackson, Leadership in AT

Welcome to AT Leadership

In the book Only One You life lessons abound.

“Always be on the lookout for a new friend.”

John and Jeremy have no connections 4 years ago. Just social media friends.

We have grown to be trusted friends. I would let John stay at my house for a week if he was in Houston.

I have begun texting a group of guys each week so that I am being intentional about building relationships. I schedule that text early in the week so that I know it is going out.

“Look for beauty wherever you are, and keep the memory of it with you.”

For John, this page of Only One You reminds me to keep the memory of the good moments or wins or championships for when times are tough (tough teams, injuries, coaches, etc.)

This line speaks to me to not take pictures of everything, but be in the moment and take a picture in my head. create the moment instead of focusing on the perfect shot

“Blend in when you need to. Stand out when you have the chance.”

John: Leadership Capital – Know when to speak up but know when you sit back and listen. For me, those that stand out have egos. This never helps with relationship building.

“Let others speak your praise” – Kevin Parker

“Find your own way. You don’t have to follow the crowd.”

Jeremy: When I started in 2012 there was maybe one other sports medicine podcast focused on Athletic Trainers. I did not sit back and wait for someone else to start one. From October 2013 through October 2019 there have been over 524,00 downloads of the Sports Medicine Broadcast.

Blaze a path as an athletic trainer. Get unique certifications, specialize and set yourself apart.

“Personal development as professional development.” – Kent Games

“Know when to speak; know when to listen.”

This goes back to “blending in” Speaking is important but only after you have all the information. Listening is the most important aspect of leadership.

Mark Knoblauch told me: “The ATs who get angry and get into arguments are the ones who are usually inexperienced and have a need to prove themselves.”

Or there is the Fight Club quote: “Most people do not really listen they only wait for their turn to speak.”

Only One You, John Ciecko, AT Leadership, Go 4 Ellis, Ellis Maer

“No matter how you look at it, there is so much to discover.”

Both John and Jeremy agree “One of the things I’ve learned doing this podcast is that; there is always more to learn. Every time I think I've figured things out, I realize there’s something else I need to know.

“If you make a wrong turn, circle back.”

John likes this quote from Only One You. He knows mistakes happen in our daily and professional life. Leat's learn from them and “circle back.”

Repeat podcast guest Brandy Currie says reflection is key and she does it daily.

Then there was the time my son dropped a googly eye into his ear…our circling back was to buy an otoscope.

“If something gets in your way, move around it.”

Jeremy: Usually when I am given a rule my first thought is how can I get around this… not always the best way of thinking, but I tend to look for other options.

John: Realize things change, schedules change, obstacles will occur but relax, detach, adapt and overcome.

This is another opportunity to reflect and circle back on how things can change and listen to all of the details before speaking.

“Set aside some quiet time to relax and reflect every day.”

John: This is one of the most important things to me in that every day I get time to myself. Most of the time I have to make it whether that’s getting up at 4am to work out or scheduling time on my calendar to actually sit and read. We also covered this with “Learn to Say No” and Prioritize and Execute.

John LOVES to read, so sometimes he wakes up early, goes to the gym and rides the bike so he can sit and read

“Appreciate art. It’s all around you!”

Have fun during games, enjoy the small things and enjoy when your athletes achieve their goals.

“Make wishes on the stars in the nighttime sky.”

John: Have a vision, set goals create your value.

Jeremy: Take time to look up and see the stars.  The small things that are always there. Do not look past what is in front of you.

My wife does this with our youngest…just sits back and watches.

I often ask my family to not say I can not wait until “_______” is over. there is way too much to miss.

Closing out Only One You

“‘Thanks for listening,” mama said. 

“We hope you will remember.” Papa winked and whispered, “We know this is a lot for you to think about.” 

Adri did a backward somersault and smile. He was excited to go out into the world with what he had just learned. “‘Wait for me!” he shouted to his friends.

Before he swam away, he turned back to his parents and said, “I will remember.” 

Mama kissed Adri on the top of his head. 
“There is only one you in this great big world,” she said. “Make it a better place.”

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"Only One You" – A children's book of wisdom

Leadership Myths and Reality has been the cornerstone for this series.But the children's book "Only One You" by Linda Kranz is the closerJoin with us in sharing the simplicity of wisdom in a book for kids

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Tuesday, October 29, 2019

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Leadership Myths – 595

“Today, when leadership is discussed, we usually purport to be discussing what leaders do, rather than what they say, as if this were a more clear-eyed approach. The truth is that when we look closely, we see leadership as much in what our leaders symbolize as in what they accomplish. 

Whatever the case, our obsession with leadership seems to be constant, if not growing.

The mythology of leadership, however, will be a growing source of frustration if we don’t come to some more clear-eyed sense about why this is so and why it matters to us.”

A quote from ‘Leaders; Myth and Reality’ a cornerstone as we discuss Leadership Myths.

What about Leadership Myths?

We wrongly believe that what happened in one leadership instance can be replicated in another. This leads to the three myths, which helps us navigate the understanding of leadership.

The first of the three is the “Formulaic Myth.”

  • Ignoring the reality that leadership is contextual, we feel that leaders stick to a strict checklist, leading to success.

The Second is The “Attribution Myth”

  • When we view leaders in hindsight we see that their vision or mission can far outweigh those that surround the leader themselves.

Third Leadership Myth: Results Myth

  • Delivering results is all that's required for positions of power and accolades

About Tory Lindley

Tory has been a guest on the SMB during his presidential bid, at Convention in New Orleans, Discussing Strategic Alliance, and recently with Alisha Pennington in Las Vegas

Leadership Myth, Tory Lindley

2011 Hall of Fame inductee into Illinois ATA

Published over a dozen times

GLATA Awards – Golden Pinnacle

Head AT of the year

Tory and his wife Beth have three children: Jonah, Evan and Genevieve and a dog, Myles (Tory’s morning running partner).

Is the “Formulaic Myth” is effective in leading others?

Neither John nor Tory believes this method produces good consistent leadership. Tory feels the opposite is true for him.

Leadership needs to be based on the people group and the topic.

Knowing your audience or followers is critical to the success of leaders. The leader is believed to be only marginally more important than the quality of the followers.

What is Leadership Culture?

Tory does not like to use the word “culture” because it is often not clearly defined. Instead, he talks about the environment you create around you.

It is essentially the same concept but with clearly defined actionable steps to improve and grow the team.

Define What You Value

Does your “culture” define what you value?

Does it reward and celebrate achievement?

Is it clear?

Is it scalable or reproducible?

Do the actions of your community continually remind you of your expectations and the environment you are creating?

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Leadership Myths with Tory Lindley

Leadership Myths and Reality has been the cornerstone for this series.Tory Lindley joins John and I to discussing how we can address Leadership Myths and RESHAPE leadrship in Athletic Training.Join the conversation live and get your questions answered.

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Friday, October 25, 2019

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Tory Lindley – tory@northwestern.edu

John Ciecko – @JohnCieko on Twitter

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Leaders Mythology – 586

John Ciecko joins the Sports Medicine Broadcast to help us understand some of the Mythology surrounding leaders in our leadership in AT series 2.0.

Jon Macgregor; Matt Weston; Functional; Hamstring; Progressions; Portland Timbers; Mythology; leaders

What is the Mythology surrounding leaders

Our cornerstone book this time around is by General Stanley McChrystal: Leaders Myth and Reality. You can pick up a copy using my affiliate link below if you are like John and like to mark up and sticky-note books.

Or you can try Audible and get a free book or hit up the public library and see if they have it.

What is leadership today? 

Leaders are the subject of constant scrutiny… and study. Too many of us are seduced by the mythology of what good leadership looks like… and we miss the reality. As a result, our models for identifying, educating and evaluating leaders falter or feel incomplete.  We intuitively know that leadership is critical to success in the modern world, but we don't really understand what leadership consists of.

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Leadership Mythology

John Ciecko has been planning another leadership series since last October. This year we focus on the book Leaders Myth and Reality by General Stanley McChrystalThis is the first in a series so join us for all of them starting at 8:30 am CT

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Where is the rest of the Leadership Series?

  • Leadership Mythology – John and Jeremy
  • Learning to Say NO – Dr. Kent Games
  • Bad Leaders – with Dr. Rene Shingles
  • Heroes – Kevin Parker
  • Three Myths of Leadership – Tory Lindley
  • Only One You – John and Jeremy

What is the book about:

This book is a take on the Roman historians Plutarch (’Ploo-tark’)  “Lives” where he compares and contrasts different Greek and Roman figures. 

McChrystal pairs and examines 12 different “leaders” as well as the life of Robert E. Lee, the leader of the Confederate Army during the Civil war.

Our favorite sections of the book

John likes Coco Chanel

Coco – “Creative and innovative people must rely on others to sustain their vision.” 

“We seem to follow leaders who put the mission first because we all make trade-offs and life is rarely simple or idealized. We want to be happy in our work, athletes also want to win, soldiers want to survive the battle and businesspeople want to prosper. – We sometimes take a leader's vision over their style.”

Jeremy enjoys the historical account shared throughout the book.

Takeaways from last year:

John:

  • Educating Others (my job, my expectations, my intent…)
  • Listening
  • “Leadership Loop”.

Jeremy

  • It is easy to NOT take ownership
  • It is easy to keep the status quo.
  • Be prepared for anything – the start of year expectations
  • Applying knowledge from a book is hard for me without some sort of book study group and “seeing” what it looks like

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Opioid Abuse in Athletics – 580

Ever experienced Opioid Abuse?

Dr. Obie Benavides lost a student-athlete to opioid abuse that was an inspiration to him.

One single pill that was not from a pharmacy but a “friend” was all it took to end his life in March of 2018.

Dr. Benavides has spoken at conferences and guest posted on The ATVantage and NATA blogs

Opioid Abuse; Obie Benavides; Lamar University; opiates

What Opioid Abuse?

Opioids / Opiates are similar but not identical.

Opioids are synthetic chemicals whereas opiates are plant-based or naturally occurring from opium

Using them other than as prescribed is opioid abuse.

  • Using them for longer than prescribed
  • Giving them to someone else
  • Hoarding them for later use
  • Selling them

What does it LOOK like?

Obie says some of the signs and symptoms of opioid abuse might present as:

  • Pupils being off
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Requestion medication by name and dosage
  • Being absent
  • withdrawing
  • Itching
  • Dry Mouth
  • Low Tetosterone levels

What can we do as Athletic Trainers?

Patient Education is number one.

  • Develop a Post-op Pain Management Plan
    • There will be some level of pain
    • Medications will help manage the pain
    • Use pills as needed for this surgery
    • Properly dispose of unused pills
    • Do not share unused pills with anyone
  • Start the dialogue with the athlete before the surgery
  • Involve the parents
  • Educate Parents
  • Establish Real Pain Management Goals
  • Monitor the athletes
    • Attend surgeries when possible
  • Log the procedure and medications prescribed
  • Follow up within a week and document number of times meds have been used

Be willing to have uncomfortable conversations

ATsCare is a great resource for learning to have uncomfortable conversations.

Be willing to ask questions.

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Opioid Abuse in Athletics

Dr. Obie Benevides lost an athlete to opioid abuse. He has presented research at th enational level to help get information out about the problem.Here he shares his story and what he has learned.Join us to provide a better environment for your athletes.Share your experience with us (just remember HIPAA).

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Resources

ATsCare (https://www.nata.org/membership/about-membership/member-resources/ats-care),

The Drug Enforcement Agency website (https://apps.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch/)

Contact Us

Obie Benavides, DAT, LAT, ATC, AIB-VR/CON
Associate Athletic Trainer – Baseball
Drug Prevention & Education Coordinator
Lamar University
211 Red Bird Lane | PO Box 10066 | Beaumont, TX 77710
O: 409-880-7229
F: 409-880-2366

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Cramping Research – 574

World renown researcher and heat illness expert Dr. Sandra Fowkes-Godek returns to discuss Cramping Research.

Sandra Fowkes-Godek; Fowkes; Godek; Cramping Science Research
Anything heat illness…Dr. Fowkes-Godek is your expert

In our last conversation…

Dr. Fowkes-Godek covered a lot about blood levels, potassium overdoes, salt testing, IVs and ideal intake temperature.

Blood Chloride is one of the only things that changes during active cramps.

Mike McKenney mentioned it does not matter what science you have in the drink if it stay on the shelf or in the bottle. Cramping Research has to take into account the taste or drink-ability of the product or it is virtually useless.

Chloride, Chloride, Chloride

We keep pushing salt tablets and salty drinks.

Current cramping science research shows sodium and potassium levels to be the same before, during and after a cramp, yes during a full-body cramp they draw blood.

There are a few problems:
1. Chloride content is not on labels
2. Chloride requires a carrier like sodium, potassium or magnesium

Potassium can actually be toxic in the blood at high levels

So how do we get more Blood Chloride??

Mediterranean diets typically contain a high level

Seaweed

Feta Cheese

What about hot sauce?

It is similar to pickle juice in that it create a pharyngeal response.

But use caution as people who have been heavily exercising might not take kindly to hot sauce in their stomachs. If they start puking then you are compounding issues.

Are you Feeling Slushy????

Alyssa Brown asked about Thermoregulation and Cramping in the last podcast with Dr. Miller but we did not get to it.

Dr. Fowkes-Godek discusses how they keep a slushy machine in the facility for warm weather practices to help pre-lower the core body temperature.

Cramping Science research shows that the ones who get hot faster peak faster, finish slower and are more likely to cramp.

If you really want to make friends then get some Levelen and a slushy machine and have your players can perform better during warm temp games and practices.

Who's article is Dr. Fowkes-Godek reading?

Dr. Kevin Miller

Dr. Martin Schwellnus

other than that it is pretty lonely in the cramp world

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Want links to all of our recent Cramping Science podcasts?

Cramping Science with Dr. Kevin Miller

Cramping Science with Dr. Sandra Fowkes-Godek

NASA Engineered formula – The Right Stuff

Isotonic Drinks with Kari Beltran

Cramping Science Research with Dr. Sandra Fowkes-Godek

Neurology of a Cramp with Dr. Kevin Miller

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Cramping Neurology – 573

In Cramping Science interview #1 with Dr. Kevin Miller, we did not even get to Cramping Neurology. We spent about 90 packed minutes discussing your questions and the role hydration plays in cramping.

Dr. Miller and Mike McKenney knew there was no way to do justice to cramping science without addressing the neurology component.

Cramp – an involuntary painful contraction of skeletal muscle brought on by a variety of factors. This podcast focuses on cramps related to the exercise of healthy individuals.

There is a teeter-totter between excitation and inhibition of the muscles from the nerves.

Cramping Neurology, nerve cell, axon, dendrite, Dr. Kevin Miller

What is Cramping Neurology?

Most basic definition: the role of the nervous system in cramping

About 8 minutes in Dr. Miller discusses the 3 main nerve cramp theories:

Central Theory –

This is the best supported through research stating the cramp occurs at the nerve cell body

There are two threshold levels for the cell body to cause a contraction known as a “bipolar state.”

Peripheral Theory –

Happens along the axon or end of the motor neuron.

We can stop a cramp from occurring by blocking the afferent activity with a nerve block to the tendon…but it is not always true.

Muscle Fiber Level Theory –

Least favorable among researchers but says that it happens at the muscle fiber level

Does the brain adjust and make the cramp easier?

Around minute 15 Mike asks if cramps can become a learned response from the brain

Of course, Dr. Kevin Miller has an answer that is helpful but not definitive

He does remind us:

  • each cramp is unique
  • there are many factors
  • frequent crampers need to know their triggers

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Want to see the rest of our cramping science podcasts?

Cramping Science with Dr. Kevin Miller

Cramping Science with Dr. Sandra Fowkes-Godek

NASA Engineered formula – The Right Stuff

Isotonic Drinks with Kari Beltran

Cramping Science Research with Dr. Sandra Fowkes-Godek

Neurology of a Cramp with Dr. Kevin Miller

Cramping Science with Dr. Fowkes-Godek 572

Dr. Sandra Fowkes Godek knows cramping science. If you go to her bio on Levelen you will see:

“Dr. Sandra Fowkes Godek is a world-renowned expert in Hydration Sports Science, with over a decade of research in thermoregulation, athlete sweat testing, and fluid & electrolyte replenishment. “

Sandra Fowkes-Godek; Fowkes; Godek; Cramping Science Research

Her West Chester University bio shows even more.

She is the director of the H.E.A.T. Institute

Truly if you want to nerdy out about cramping science read some of her research or find a way to connect with her.

So what about Cramping Science?

Man oh man oh man.

Dr. Fowkes-Godek is smart, quick and a great talker. the numbers and data she can just rattle of about cramping, chloride, potassium, sodium blood levels is amazing.

But she is fun to listen to and engaging.

What is even more she is coming back on the Sports Medicine Broadcast to continue discussing cramping science.

Some of her research with the Philadelphia Eagles included taking guys who were in active full body cramps and drawing blood. How's that for suffering for science.

She also spent hours making specialized drinks to help athletes replace what they lost.

If you can shake dried sweat off your shirt, then you are a salty sweater and need a little extra salt (without added potassium).

What about heat illness and cramping?

If we train people to drink when they are thirsty and give them free access to water we can almost assuredly avoid dehydration.

This does not mean heat exhaustion is only related to hydration

Cramping Science with Sandra Fowkes-Godek

Hopefully we can do some myth busting as we continue our research and discussion on cramping science with world leaders in cramping.Dr. Sandra Fowkes-Godek is one the worlds premiere heat-illness researchers. Ask your questions live or send them to us later.

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Friday, April 19, 2019

Contact Us

Mike McKenney – m.mckenney@northeastern.edu

Dr. Fowkes-Godek – SFowkes-Godek@wcupa.edu

Jeremy Jackson

These people LOVE ATs and help the SMB pay the bills:


Frio Hydration – Superior Hydration products.

MioTech – meeting all of your sports medicine supply needs

PhysicalTherapy.com – use promo code “1FREECOURSE” to start for free

DragonflyMax – one-stop EMR

HOIST – no matter your reason for dehydration DRINK HOIST

MedBridge Education – Use “TheSMB” to save some, be entered in a drawing for a second-year free and support the podcast.

Want to see the rest of our cramping science podcasts?

Cramping Science with Dr. Kevin Miller

Cramping Science with Dr. Sandra Fowkes-Godek

NASA Engineered formula – The Right Stuff

Isotonic Drinks with Kari Beltran

Cramping Science Research with Dr. Sandra Fowkes-Godek

Neurology of a Cramp with Dr. Kevin Miller

Isotonic Drinks – Cramping Science – 571

Isotonic Drink – neutral or balanced. Fluids and electrolytes can move freely across the abdominal walls without requiring extra processing

Hypertonic Drink – formulas more dense than normal blood causing the body to pull water into the abdomen to process

Hypotonic Drink – are lower in electrolytes than the blood creating a movement of carbohydrates and electrolytes into the stomach and out of the blood

What are some examples of each?

Isotonic – Hoist Hydration (use coupon code “TheSMB”)

Hypertonic – Pickle Juice, The Right Stuff.

Hypotonic – Powerade, Gatorade

What are Mike McKenney's Thoughts?

Mike previously joined the Sports Medicine Broadcast to discuss hypo-hydration and some of the research he has been doing.

As more of an expert in cramping science Mike is leading the series

When are Isotonic Drinks worth drinking?

HOIST was actually created by some hard partying college grads as a way to “cure” a hangover. So if you are going for a night on the town take an Isotonic Drink with you to finish off the night and improve your morning.

Dr. Mark knoblauch discussed how living a low sodium diet has helped him live with greatly reduced symptoms of his Menier's and BPVD.

If you are not sweating and burning electrolytes and calories or have a need for low sodium in your life seek medical advice first.

Contact Us

Jeremy Jackson

Kari Beltran – www.Sportsmedicinebroadcast.com/HOIST

Check out some of the companies who are investing in Athletic Training:


Frio Hydration – Superior Hydration products.

MioTech – meeting all of your sports medicine supply needs

PhysicalTherapy.com – use promo code “1FREECOURSE” to start for free

DragonflyMax – one-stop EMR

HOIST – no matter your reason for dehydration DRINK HOIST

MedBridge Education – Use “TheSMB” to save some, be entered in a drawing for a second-year free and support the podcast.

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Isotonic Drinks with Kari Beltran

Kari Beltran shares the science behind isotonic drinks in helping keep you hydrated either from athletic performance or over indulgence in "non-water" drinks

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Wednesday, April 17, 2019