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I Tried To End My Life – 499


Ever felt hopeless or alone?

Dr. Josh Yellen hopes his story of overdose during his cancer treatments helps just one person.

One person hearing a message of hope and remembering suicide is not the answer is worth the pain and vulnerability.

Time line of events

  • 6/29/17– 7/4/17 – Saw Mom alive for the last time
  • 7/8/17 – Grand Mal seizure (Tumor in brain) * never had seizure before or after*
  • 7/11/17 – Craniotomoy to remove tumor
  • 8/3/17 – Met with MD Anderson (Neuro-Oncology)
  • 8/4/17 – 8/6/17 – Rebekah’s Bat Mitzvah
  • 8/9/17 – Returned back for end of Summer semester
  • 8/17/17 – Got fit for mask for Proton Therapy
  • 8/21/17 – Started Fall semester
  • 8/22/17 – United Heatlhcare denies Proton Therapy
  • 8/25/17 – Hurricane Harvey
  • 8/27/17 – Mom dies
  • 8/28/17 – United Healthcare closes my case due to Hurricane and switch to BC/BS
  • 8/31/17 – Fly back to CA for Mom’s funeral
  • 9/1/17 – Switch from United Healthcare to BC/BS (University of Houston decision)
  • 9/10/17 – Return back to work after Hurricane and Mom’s funeral
  • 9/11/17 – Approved for Proton Therapy
  • 9/18/17 – Start Proton Therapy
  • 10/26/17 – Finish Proton Therapy
  • 11/30/17 – Start Chemotherapy
  • 12/14/17 – 12/18/17 – Moved offices
  • 12/21/17 – Saw results of 1st round of chemotherapy (sympathetic reaction – stopped sleeping)
  • 1/4/18 – Started round 2 of chemotherapy (much stronger than round 1)
  • 1/18/18 – experience symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • 5/15/18 – Finish round 6 of chemotherapy (terminate early)

What could I have done different?

More regular / scheduled contact

Phone calls instead of texts

What resources do you recommend pertaining to Overdose and suicide

Overdose; ATsCare; Suicide  ATsCare Program –  Peer to peer grief counseling, support and encouragement

This is a phenomenal program that will re-shape all of your life interactions and help give you confidence to step into really tough situations.


Do YOU have a story to share and offer hope?

I hope your situation has not come to self harm.

I hope you have surrounded yourself with people who are willing to step in and lift you up.

Would you like to share your story?

Contact Us

Jeremy Jackson

Josh Yellen – text or call him 985-351-7994

Bubba Wilson

Building Relationships: Local ER – 497

Do you know your Local ER Doctor?

Here in Houston we have a HUGE medical center and tons of small ER clinics and facilities.  There is likely no way I could meet and know each ER Doctor in my area.

ER Doctor, ERDoctor, Emergency medicine, Gail Margerum, Doctor Gail, Dr. Gail Dr. Gail Margerum is a fan of the Sports Medicine Broadcast and and reached out to share some knowledge after an episode where someone discussed a blown retina.

Dr. Gail did not know much about Athletic Trainers until she started listening to the show.  Now she is ready and waiting to build relationships with ATs.

But I should know more of them and should really get to know the office manager and create and ED liaison in the event that we need to send kids there.

I have not been very good about that historically.

What can you do?

Email me some of the things you have done or are doing to build the relationship with your local medical providers.

I want to set up a schedule to where every …say Monday I am out of the school visiting local Medical facilities.  There is so much good in collaborating as medical professional.

Adam Halpern of Innovate AT recently shared this article about working together:


What other resources do you need?

Dr. Gail Margerum shared a great list of resources to help an ER Doctor and Athletic Trainer be on the same page.

Free ap: MD Calc that has following useful trauma rules/guidelines: Canadian C spine rules for who might need xray

                             Canadian CT head rule for who needs CAT scan

                             Nexus C-spine rule: for who might need neck xray

                              Ottawa Ankle Rule: who needs ankle xray

                              Ottawa Knee rule: who needs knee xray

                              Pediatric Asthma score: who will need to go to ER for treatment

                             PECARN Pediatric Head injury rule: what children need head CAT scan

                            GLasgow coma score

FP Notebook App: guideline for almost any medical conditions: wasp stings, allergic reactions, bruises, heat illness, etc.

OrthoFlow app: touch the part of body injured/fractured and it tells you how to treat it


Need More advice?

Justin Streiff send a few recommendations based on his current situation and success

1- One page paper of newest concussion laws/rules and ER does not clear concussion.

  • Just refers to sports/department that handles concussions.
  • Also on this is the need for a note with specific guidelines lines for the patient.

2 – Have a call in number for anytime you are sending a kid to ER.

  • They add our concerns and contact information to the notes for the Dr. to see.
  • Also add to return supplies to parents or hold and I will pick up.

3 – Supplies damaged/ not returned: My department billed the ER a few times and this got the message out. This is what the local ambulance service does as well.

4 – Sports medicine split a consultant with the ED. This has helped bridge the gap greatly.

5 – All athletic trainers on staff do a 3-day observation  annually in the ER.

6 – We do equipment removal and spine boarding with as many residents as possible before football season as many of these residents will assist in covering local football games with the ATCs.

7- Education of PARENTS:

  • what the ER is and that subsequent specialty visits may be needed.
  • Also empower the parents with information and specific questions to ask the Dr.


Contact us

Tell me how you are improving or need help improving your communication and relationships with the local ERDoctor

Dr. Gail Margerum

Bubba Wilson

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Shoulder Rehab Tips – 494

Shoulder Rehab Tips and Tricks

Perfect on your Shoulder Rehab Skills?

Yeah, me either.  I can always learn more about shoulder rehab.  Luckily I have my friend and occasional co-host Ryan Collins, a PT for Memorial Hermann, on the show again as we continue our shoulder series, cover tips and tricks, and see if there are any weird rehab things he has seen or uses.

; Shoulder rehab; John Fite; danger Alert System; Brain Pain; Ryan Collins

Houston Methodist has given us some really nice posters to help guide athletes through their shoulder work.

Shoulder rehab; Houston Methodist



Who else is on the show?

Bubba Wilson – friend, talker and expert in all things.

Jeremy Jackson – Host of the Sports Medicine Broadcast

Need more Resources?

Anatomy Coloring Book:

Trail Guide to Human Body


Need Category A BOC CEUs?

Check out this list:

OR use medbridge to get up to 2 years worth for one price….

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PLUS each person who purchases through the link or with the code “TheSMB” will be entered to win a second year free (drawn in March annually).


Want to contact one of us?

All complaints go to Jeremy

Questions: just ask Bubba

or Email Ryan Collins

Shoulder Evaluation Tips and Tricks – 492

Shoulder Evaluation can be hard.

I need help with my shoulder evaluation skills.  I have plenty of room to improve.

Last podcast focused on Shoulder Anatomy building on that we are looking at evaluation tips and tricks to help me (and anyone else) refresh and grow my skills.

One thing we must remember is that a shoulder problem can really be a hip issues and the lack of mobility is stressing the shoulder more.

Who is on the show?shoulder evaluation, shoulder evaluations, Mike Chamberlain, Michael Chamberlain, Bubba WilsonBubba Wilson – You know Bubba

Mike Chamberlain – College baseball player turned Physical Therapist Mike joins the podcast for the very first time.   Email Mike

Some of the tips covered on this podcast:

  • Tendons – painful at warm up, loosens up, but then painful after stopping
  • Labrum – Pain throughout the activity, decreased accuracy, clicking sound or feeling
  • Impingement – anterior pain with specific arm placement
  • Quick isometric in each direction: Cyriax Selective Tissue Tensioning for contractile vs non-contractile tissue differential dx
  • Contractile = painful with contraction and stretch
  • Non-contractile – no real pain with stretch but pain as you passively move into contractile direction




Want resources?

Anatomy Coloring books are always fun.

Connect with us?

Jeremy – check out the About Us page

Mike Chamberlain – Email Mike

Bubba Wilson@ATCLATBubba

YouTube video of our conversation


Shoulder Anatomy – 489

Are you a Shoulder Anatomy expert?

I am not a Shoulder Anatomy expert.  I know there are things I can still earn and use to help me understand, evaluate and rehab the shoulder.  When I do not know an answer or notice a consistent weakness I normally head towards gaining understanding.

Fortunately I have some friends and colleagues that can help me gain understanding.

Bubba has 3 shoulder surgeries under his belt and needs a fourth.

Marcus Knox, a Physical Therapist for Houston Methodist, joins the podcast for the first time.

What is this podcast about?

Always improving the profession of athletic training…but if you are this far into it you probably mean this specific one.

Here we are focusing on shoulder anatomy to review, identify some tips and discuss some unusual anatomy findings of the shoulder.

Need some resources?

Marcus recommends: The Student Physical Therapist

Looking for CEUs

Shoulder Anatomy

Use my link or promo code “TheSMB” to save money and be entered to win a second year free!!!


What tips or tricks do you have?

Email me: Jeremy Jackson

Tweet at Bubba: @ATCLATBubba

Email Marcus Knox

Contact Matthew Frericks of AT Scoop

Watch the video on YouTube


Show Notes:  Click to see the full show notes


Dichotomy of Leadership in AT – 486

Are you too extreme?

There is always a balance or dichotomy of leadership.  You can be too aggressive or not aggressive enough.

In Leadership you can be a micro-manager or not hands on enough.

You can be disciplined and follow all the rules, but not have room for flexibility or changes.

A leader must also be a follower.

Each point they discuss more in the book.

John and I cover what we are learning and applying so far through this month of leadership in AT series.

Dichotomy of leadership, leadership, dichotomy, leadership dichotomy

John had his book signed at Roll Call

In their second book Dichotomy of Leadership Jocko and Leif discuss how they have to constantly find balance and come back and clarify some points from Extreme Ownership.

Want to listen to the whole series?

Extreme Ownership

Director of Sports Medicine Kurt Andrews

Goal Setting in Athletic Training with Brandy Currie

Athletic Director Ross Cooper

Manger of Athletic Training with Christina Eyers

Leading Into Retirement with Larry Cooper

Dichotomy of Leadership

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Share your thoughts

We have heard from several people already about their leadership style, experiences, lessons and how the podcasts are impacting them.

Message me on Twitter

Tell John your thoughts as well

Leading into Retirement – 483

Are YOU Green and Growing?

Larry Cooper returns to the Sports Medicine Broadcast talking about how he is Leading into Retirement (and still leading ATs after retirement.)

Brandy Currie just explained why experience is not the best teacher rather reflection on experience.

Leading Into Retirement; Larry Cooper; DragonFly Max

Larry Cooper is reflecting on his leadership in Athletic Training over the years.  John Ciecko has plenty of questions for Larry about leadership failures and successes.

Join our journey to grow our influence as Athletic Trainers, as co-workers, spouses and parents.

Want to contact Larry?

Message him on Twitter

Email Larry

Want to listen to the whole series?

Extreme Ownership

Director of Sports Medicine Kurt Andrews

Goal Setting in Athletic Training with Brandy Currie

Athletic Director Ross Cooper

Manger of Athletic Training with Christina Eyers

Leading Into Retirement with Larry Cooper

Dichotomy of Leadership

Need some CEUs:

I wold love to meet you at an upcoming NATA Convention.

But if you can not make it to convention you may be able to win free registration during NATM annually on the Sports Medicine Broadcast

OR you can sign up for MedBridge using the code “TheSMB” to save some, help out the Sports Medicine Broadcast and be entered to an annual drawing for a second year free.

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I really do love hearing from you about things that helped, did not work, or how you can help improve others practice as ATs.

So hit me up on Twitter, Facebook, Email

Dr. Christina Eyers – Director of AT – 480

Work outside of the Secondary Setting?

Dr. Christina Eyers is the director of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training services for the Henry For Health Care System.

Understanding the leadership challenges for the hospital system is a slightly different animal and can help us communicate better with our medical providers.

As Manager of Athletic Training at Henry Ford Health System she oversees of over 30 athletic trainers who service over 20  teams (professional, collegiate, and high schools) in the metro-Detroit area.

Leadership Series; Extreme Ownership, John Maxwell; Christina Eyers

About Christina Eyers

Christina completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Movement Science from the University of Michigan, holds a Master of Arts degree in Health Studies from the University of Alabama, and earned her Doctor of Education degree from Central Michigan University.

Employed at Henry Ford Health System since 2011, she is currently the Manager of Athletic Training for the Division of Orthopaedics.

Prior to this, she has worked with collegiate athletes at the University of Michigan, University of Alabama, Saginaw Valley State University, and Central Michigan University;

As well as intramural and recreational athletes at Central Michigan University; and youth soccer athletes through the US Olympic Development Program.

Christina has also held positions at Central Michigan University as an Assistant Professor and Saginaw Valley State University as Adjunct Faculty.

What Else Has Dr. Eyers done?

Christina has published and presented at the state, district, national and international levels.

She is also past President of the Michigan Athletic Trainers' Society (2009-2010), has served in leadership and committee roles with the GLATA and NATA.

Furthermore, Dr Christina Eyers is currently appointed to the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for Athletic Trainers.

And finally, serves on the Board of Directors for the NATAPAC.

Need CEUs:

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What do you think the episode?

Complaints? Send them to me.

Praise? Send the to Dr. Eyers

Questions? Let John know.

Watch the interview on YouTube

Athletic Trainer to Athletic Director – 477

How can I become an Athletic Director?

Many ATs have moved on to Administration.  Ross Cooper is an Athletic Director and Athletic Trainer for Detroit County Day Schools.

John Ciecko gets to the point to figure out how he got there and how you can follow Ross's path.

Ross Cooper; Athletic director; AD

Here are a few key points from Ross Cooper

  • Experienced ATs already perform many of the duties of an Athletic Director
  • You have to be willing to get out of your comfort zone
  • Exposure to multiple leaders and leadership styles is beneficial
  • Self-Reflection is crucial
  • Relationships with each person are important – never know who is watching
  • Be a good listener

Ross also mentioned he took the schedules and policies and made them all digital.  Using a system like Dragonfly MAX can help an Athletic Trainer reduce paper work, streamline the PPE process and improve communication with coaches, parents, and athletes

Want to reach out to Ross?

Connect with him on Linkedin

Email him

Have some praises?

Send them to John on twitter

Got complaints?

I'll take those


Goal Setting builds Leadership in AT – 474

Need help with Goal Setting?

Brandy Currie is a John Maxwell Team leader and speaker. Goal setting is one of the keys to maintaining consistent leadership.  Passionate about both AT and Leadership Brandy is glad to be able to join us as we grow our profession.

John Ciecko has a whole board of goals he checks off as he accomplishes them.

Goal Setting: AT Leadership; Brandi Currie

Some of the goals are daily:

  • Wake up at 5 am,
  • exercise for 30 minutes,
  • eat a healthy breakfast

Some of the goals are weekly, monthly and yearly.

What other books should you read?

Brandy recommends pretty much anything by John C Maxwell but the top of her required reading is:

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

Contact Us:

Jeremy Jackson

John Ciecko

Brandy Currie

Want to watch the podcast on YouTube?

Goal Setting with Brandy Currie

Need some CEUs?

MedBridge offers all the CEUs you need for one discounted Sports Medicine Broadcast price

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Want to check out the show notes?

I did not go back in a grammar check…