We have been testing the units and now Brandon Hearn – Product Guru for Compex – joins the Sports Medicine Broadcast to discuss Compex live. We have lots of questions and he has lots of answers.
“The Compex is not Complex” – Brandon Hearn
Do you have a Compex Unit?
We plan to have another discussion down the road but what tips, tricks, or uses have you found for helping athletes (yourself included) to recover and heal using NMES units like Compex?
What questions do you need answers to?
Want a sweet deal?
During our Compex live podcast, Brandon extends a pretty sweet deal towards the end of the show for podcast listeners. You can get one of the upper-level units for a base unit price.
Buying through an approved vendor?
MioTech has great prices and great customer service.
Current prices for the units discussed:
Fix Massage Gun – $165
Theragun G3Pro – $599
Marc Pro – $655
Compex Edge 2.0 – $140
Best use ideas to get started?
If you are brand new to (or taken an extended break from) exercise then START SLOW…
John, Sofia, myself and Coach Caballero all went way too heavy to start.
We were struggling to walk, tie shoes or do most things normally. SO BE WARNED!!!
Using squats as an example:
Hook the pads up as shown on the Compex website for the area you are trying to target.
Turn the device on
Select the muscle group
leave the radiator image on
The top 2 uses for the devices:
Clearing of lactic acid in 7 minutes or less on the blood flow or warmup setting.
Increase muscle recruitment to improve training sessions.
Another great use for the device is pre and post-surgery. hooking the device up quad and hamstring simultaneously. This way they are all firing at the same time without movement. Decreasing muscle atrophy and improving long term outcomes.
Compex pads are expensive…
DON'T buy cheap ones on amazon. Brandon says the pads are more expensive to provide a better product and provide more safety. The cheap pads can actually cause burns to the skin if the adhesive is missing.
I bought some and we are going to test it out on ourselves…not on patients.
Two other safety features we learned about during the Compex Live session:
Biphasic current means the electricity goes into and out of the body through the pads.
You can not charge the device while operating it.
John, Sofia, Coach Caballero and I really tested these things out.
See the demo on Facebook
These people LOVE ATs and help the SMB pay the bills:
Ever been the only white person in the room? How about your college program?
Eva Martinez says as a brown woman in Athletic Training she longs to see more diversity and inclusion in leadership. She wants to see people like her in leadership.
What is your Diversity and Inclusion story?
Have you been excluded from conversations because you did not fit the mold for the current leadership style?
Are you like Sofia and never really felt excluded or like there was a ceiling to your ability?
Do you get fired up when someone makes an off-color comment, let it slide or find a way to educate?
Find the Similarities
Sometimes people make comments because they are intentionally hurtful, but sometimes they are just ignorant.
I said something about going to a polish festival and used the word “polak” while talking to my wife. I read a book where the main character was Polish and referred to himself as a “Polak” so I thought it was normal…until she told me the word is derogatory.
If I had said this to a polish person it may have ended very differently.
Continuing to use the term after learning the meaning would be intentional. I have only used the term to tell the story since that day.
In your quest for Diversity and Inclusion be quick to extend grace and offer a chance for education and change.
Each of us creates content to grow patient care. We work out of our strengths to improve our chosen profession. But all that is useless if you are not authentic.
Todd says – Do it because it helps others and spreads positivity in a world that looks for negativity.
Where do you get started?
Calista Kelly, managing editor fo PhysicalTherapy.com, says these are her normal places when looking for content creation:
Local and national conferences
Networking with presenters
She likes for all courses to start is with the learning objectives to keep course concise and congruent.
Sports Medicine content needs to be impactful immediately.
Presenters need to be knowledgable about the subject but also be able to speak well and make adjustments on the fly.
Todd Sabol agrees and adds to just start posting and not worry about being perfect. If you are passionate and look to serve others then you are going to have people who mock you but that's ok
What holds people back from Creating Sports Medicine Content?
Physical Therapy, like Athletic Training, is so broad that the first set of courses were really hard to determine. They did not want to leave out some folks. As they have grown they have gotten deeper into niche markets and courses.
Remember to ask “How can I add value?”
Focus on one idea or technique at a time
Todd figured out he needed a calendar to mix things up. Without this, he would create only one type of Instagram post.
Finding what people want can be really hard as well.
How to Create “Great” content?
Great is subjective, because it’s not what you want to talk about, it’s what the consumer wants.
Everything needs to be cohesive – start with course objective or learner outcomes and then work from those.
How do you know what people want when creating content?
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?
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
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
Then select File -> Make a copy
Now set up the spreadsheet:
Cari's instructions to set up a Monitoring Mental Health survey
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.
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“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.”
“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.”
“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
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.
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.
Prolouge from Leaders: Myth and Reality
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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:
Educating Others (my job, my expectations, my intent…)
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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World renown researcher and heat illness expert Dr. Sandra Fowkes-Godek returns to discuss Cramping Research.
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
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.