Pediatric Cardiology Update – 613

Ever wondered if every athlete should get an EKG?  Or if caffeine is really as bad for the heart as you thought?

Today on the podcast, Dr. Mark Knoblauch sits down with pediatric cardiologist Dr. Elizabeth Wang and talks about any other information surrounding pediatric cardiology.

Pediatric Cardiology Update

Dr. Wang is a born and raised Texas girl who did her undergrad at Texas A&M and got her medical degree from The University of North Texas.  She did her pediatric residency and fellowship at UT Houston and is still there today.  

Dr. Wang enjoys Pediatric Cardiology and refers to herself and others in this field as glorified electricians and plumbers.  She is particularly interested in the athletic population because of the physiologic response to exercise.  

When should an athlete see a pediatric cardiologist?

If there is no family history and the athlete is otherwise healthy and not reporting any symptoms then I educate them to remain hydrated drinking at least ½ their body weight in water per day and more if they are exercising, I encourage them to get 9-11 hours of sleep per night and to eat well including vegetables.

If symptoms are present, (ie deep pressure in chest, dizziness, passing out or palpitations) or symptoms appear or worsen with exertion then I recommend parents seek out a pediatric cardiologist.

Pediatricians and other general practitioners are vital in finding and referring abnormalities.  Good physical examinations along with screening for hypertension and other abnormalities help differentiate who needs a referral to a pediatric cardiologist.

Are there drinks and other substances you recommend athletes avoid to help their hearts?

Dr. Wang absolutely recommends that athletes avoid caffeine, energy drinks, vape pens and other drugs.  “If I go out of business because everyone stopped drinking caffeine and vaping then I am okay with that and I have done my job!”  An otherwise-normal heart can go into arrhythmia with substances found in drugs and/or caffeine, so Dr. Wang recommends all her patients stay away from these and get more sleep. 

What is your response to the thought that every athlete should get an EKG especially since there is a study sighting that Italy requires it?

Dr. Wang explains the particular study stating this is out of a small region in Italy that is very homogenous.  This doesn’t apply to the US which is a large and very diverse population. EKG’s are a valuable tool but it doesn’t catch everything.  There are false positives on EKG’s that can cause immense stress and thousands of dollars of follow up tests that eventually show a healthy heart, and there are normal EKG’s that aren’t followed up with the right questions about symptoms and exertional symptoms that can have a problem.  There are rare abnormalities that don’t show up on a routine EKG and require a very well trained eye on an echocardiogram to diagnose. EKG’s are useful but we need to follow the guidelines for what does and does not require more testing.

If an AT suspects a cardiac issue and is worried about oxygen saturation is it best to check the lips and nail beds for capillary refill? 

Dr. Wang believes that best practice is to check the gums and the tongue instead of the lips and nail beds.  She explains that if an athlete is panicked or worried it can stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and that can produce the blue lips or decreased capillary refill.  “The gums and the tongue are most indicative of what your central oxygen saturation is.

Are there any closing thoughts you’d like to share?

Please don’t be a stranger.  I love interactions so please get a hold of me if you have any questions.”  You can email Dr. Wang at Elizabeth.W.Wang@uth.tmc.edu

Pediatric Cardiology Update

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Creating Sports Medicine Content – 612

Are you interested in creating Sports Medicine Content?

Todd Sabol's niche is Instagram. You can find him @ToddSportsMed

Calista Kelly creates for PhysicalTherapy.com where she is the managing editor.

I host the Sports Medicine Broadcast.

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Creating Content; Todd Sabol; @ToddSportsMed

Why do we do it?

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:

  • Online searches
  • Local and national conferences
  • Networking with presenters
  • Course evaluations

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?

  • Course evals – look for repeat answers
  • How packed courses are at the conference
  • Watch behavior
  • What are hot topics
  • Look at social media

Know the nature of each platform

Facebook sees a lot of clinical questions

Twitter seems to be a lot of posts without as much clinical reasoning

Instagram – appeals to the younger crowd and people looking for quick information

Think about the consumer you are appealing to.

TikTok is almost always 15secs – mostly younger audience.

What are your most important factors in getting your content out there?

Appeal to the need for authentic human connection.

Tips for maximizing your own digital learning time:

Do it on personal time…maybe exercising or grocery store

Todd likes to just search for it, usually on Instagram. He will normally test the exercises out on himself several times before using them with patients.

Do your own research and clinical reasoning

Video the client on their phone and say here is your home exercise program. This is great as they will be able to hear your verbal coaching as well.

Get the most by picking what you specifically want to learn, not just taking a course because it is there. 

If that course does not cover it find a different one.

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Armed Forces AT Michael Hooper – 611

Mike Hooper has spent the last 16 years serving as an athletic trainer in the armed forces.  Specifically, the Department of the Navy. Today on the podcast, he joins John Cieko and discusses what drew him to the military setting as an AT.

Armed Forces Athletic Trainer Michael Hooper; John Ciecko; NATA; Las Vegas

How did Mike end up in the Armed Forces after a career that took him through a variety of settings including secondary, collegiate and professional?

He grew up around the military and served himself for a short time in the armed services.  “I saw injuries, experienced some injuries and I looked at it (serving as an AT in the armed forces) as a good opportunity to be a much-needed resource within the community.”  

What does he enjoy about this emerging setting?

 Mike finds working in the armed services as an AT extremely rewarding.  He sees it as a bigger cause with a global perspective. It really is life vs death.

What are the challenges of working in this setting?

Mike believes that your only limitations are between your ears.  An injury is an injury in any setting, however, he highly recommends that you ingest all you can through observation and that will help you develop treatment strategies that you can tailor and modify.  Mike’s goal is to learn something new every day and pass it on to those who may take his place someday.

What is the future of AT in the Armed Forces?

Mike feels that AT in the military is taking off like an Indy Car.  It may have taken a few years to gain traction but they have gone from approximately 50 AT’s in 2003 to over 300 today.

“We (AT’s) fit in to maximize the effectiveness of the team.”  

How is the military setting different?

In many ways, Mike believes it is the same.  AT’s are generally caring and emotionally attached to their profession.

However, you want to give everything you have and exhaust every opportunity to help the guy who will save others.  You are treating men and women who essentially have the mentality of taking a bullet or jumping on a grenade for their fellow team members.  It’s hard to say no when you see the sacrifices they make.

What are some of the stories you have been a part of?

Mike has seen and experienced so many success stories.  Success stories and triumphs that help him wake up with a different mentality in the morning.  

In many settings, you don’t see a lot of gunshot wounds or amputees but we do in the armed services.  Mike is thankful that the NATA is beginning to highlight the emerging settings within the profession and prepare students for these settings.

How can we get more information?

Visit the COPA website for military information or visit the Armed Forces Athletic Training Society website.  Ask any military AT who would love to answer your questions.

Armed Forces Athletic Trainer Michael Hooper

Armed Forces Athletic Trainer Michael Hooper

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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Stem Cells and their Use – 610

What are stem cells and how are we using them in the knee?

Today on the SMB, we are joined by Dr. Evan Meeks who helps educate us on stem cells and their use.

What is New In Knees

Dr. Meeks explains that stem cells are found within the body and they can change into other types of cells.  They can be used to treat musculoskeletal injuries (ie regrow muscle, ligament or cartilage) However, Dr. Meeks cautions us that stem cells are a “new and budding area that has theoretically huge potential for the future but the science is still in the early stages.”

What can make you a good candidate for stem cell therapy?

Type and degree of injury are important factors when considering stem cell treatment as well as the patient’s age.

How are patients prepped for this procedure?

The best preparation we can give a patient is to educate them and to manage their expectations.  

Are there ethical issues regarding stem cell treatment?

The main ethical concern is embryonic stem cells.  However, currently, it is illegal to use embryonic stem cells for treatment.  They are only used for research. Dr. Meeks cautions that embryonic stem cells are unsafe right now.  They can turn into any type of cell and we can’t control it.

As secondary school athletic trainers will we encounter this often?

Dr. Meeks explains that it is pretty rare since or population is younger and still heals well.  He does say occasionally it can be used to help surgical outcomes with meniscus repair or bone stimulation.

What is Dr. Meeks’ prognosis for stem cell usage for the next 10-20 years?

“It will be the new frontier for musculoskeletal medicine.”

What one thing should AT’s know regarding stem cell treatment?

Dr. Meek’s feels stem cell treatment is the new pitch count in athletic training.  We must educate and disseminate the correct information.

About Dr. Meeks

Dr. Evan Meeks is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Dr. Meeks specializes in sports medicine with an emphasis on arthroscopy and minimally invasive techniques to treat injuries of the shoulder, hip, and knee. During his training, Dr. Meeks worked extensively with professional and college teams in the Houston area, including the Houston Texans, Houston Rockets, Houston Astros, Houston Dynamo, and the University of Houston athletic program.

As a former college athlete, Dr. Meeks has the unique ability to see injuries from the perspective of both the athlete and the physician.

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Go4Ellis Update – 609

In another Go4Ellis update, founder Ellis Mair discusses some big news.

Ellis and her team were able to double not only the number of states using her online platform which connects Athletic Trainers to per diem work but also double the number of Athletic Trainers using the platform.

Always ready for a fun conversation, John Ciecko sits down with Ellis on the podcast live from NATA Las Vegas and discusses this accomplishment and many more.

Go4Ellis Update, ellis mair, John Ciecko, Las Vegas, NATA, Go 4 Ellis

Ellis states that attending 8 of the 10 NATA district conference meetings and reaching out to every state head explaining the background, goals, and mission of Go4Ellis has certainly helped grow the platform.  

She also explains working from the top to bottom approaching leadership first is critical to communicating the vision and educating. However, working from the bottom up and reaching out to AT’s in certain communities to build growth in each state was important too.

What exciting new partnerships are happening with Go4Ellis?

A new partnership with US Lacrosse began this year requiring a mandatory AT per every 3 fields at every US lacrosse event.  

A partnership with Players Health EMR allows AT working these lacrosse events to create injury reports. These injury reports are then able to collect data for epidemiology reports being researched by MedStar.  

What makes Go4Ellis beneficial to the athletic trainer and the profession of Athletic Training as a whole?

Athletic Trainers are able to work per diem to earn extra money when they are available or when they may be facing additional upcoming expenses. 

But by increasing the presence of Athletic Trainers’ at a variety of athletic events, including most recently a rise in Quidditch events, Go4Ellis helps increase exposure athletes have to Athletic Trainers’.

We also ontinue to educate National Governing Boards of a variety of youth sports on the importance and necessity of an AT at all of their events and give us as Athletic Trainers’ an opportunity at each per diem event to educate and advocate for our profession. 

Can you only make money by working an event?

No, through their 4werks.com referral system, AT’s can refer an organization or event to Go4Ellis for coverage and if the event runs that AT will receive a check for 125.00.

What are Ellis’ future goals for this next year?

Increase the number of operators of events, AT’s involved as both operator’s and per diem and partner with more NGB’s. 

Be actively working in all 50 states.

Renew partnerships with the NATA and become more involved in data collection on the field. 

Work the Players Health EMR into their app.  

Need more Go4Ellis info?

If you would like to contact Ellis Mair feel free to email her at Ellis@go4ellis.com  As you’ll hear during the podcast, she is really good about returning emails quickly.

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Jeremy JacksonHost of The Sports Medicine Broadcast

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Alisha M Penningtonalisha@theatvantage.com

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Publishing Books – 608

Brien currently has 50 Athletic Training related projects in his cue for publishing books.

As a kid Brein loved reading the Snowshoeing Through Sewers series, Todd is currently loving David Goggins's books. I only remember reading one book as a kid and it was pretty much the same as the Adam Sandler movie “Click”

We previously discussed writing and publishing books with Dr. Knoblauch and Dr. Konin: sportsmedicinebroadcast.com/Publishing-A-Book/

Background on Brien and Publishing Books

  • SLACK Incorporated has publishing roots that extend back to 1923.  We are a 300 employee health care information provider/publisher located in southern New Jersey.
  • Our company entered the Athletic Training market in the mid-nineties with a goal of publishing textbooks for athletic training students, faculty and staff (Jeff’s books some of the first) We do some resources for practicing ATs too.
  • Brien joined the company in 2005 with a marketing background. Entered into acquisitions in 2007. He has been managing the AT line since about 2010.  Brien also manages the OT, SLP and in the past, has managed the PT line as well.

The publishing business is acquiring, developing, and publishing books. It all starts with acquiring authors, proposals, and manuscripts. Acquisition is the lifeblood of a publishing company. Without a steady stream of new content, the publishing company would cease to exist

Brein Cummings – 2019 on the Sports Medicine Broadcast

Where do we start?

Lots of people have Ideas about publishing books, but it not common at all for someone to put those ideas down on paper in an outline format.

Another important part of publishing a book is the MARKET NEED

At SLACK Inc. Brien helps potential authors share their ideas, write the manuscripts and get the ideas over to the editors.

What if I am not a university Ph.D. AT Faculty?

Most of the authors Brien works with are AT Faculty as they usually are the ones doing research to contribute to textbooks. However, there is still a lot of opportunity for the AT in the secondary setting to contribute and add value in publishing books.

Many specialty products look to people other than ATs to contribute to their books. For example, When discussing ankles the author may seek out the advice of an orthopedic surgeon.

An Athletic Trainer in the secondary setting with experience creating community buy-in, Admin approval, building consistently good programs, designing and opening new AT facilities all might be asked to write a section or chapter.

How can YOU contribute?

Been an expert in your field. If you are really good at, let's say, podcasting then begin podcasting, present at conferences about podcasting, write blogs and print articles about podcasting. Be known for your knowledge about and being able to teach about podcasting.

Just replace “podcasting” with your expertise area

John Ciecko has presented, written about and been interviewed about Vaping. He is becoming known as a great resource for the harmful effects of vaping.

What if I do not fit the “textbook author” mold?

SLACK Inc. focuses on Textbooks.

Human Kinetics – publishes some different style books.

There are other options, the key is to find one that fits your needs and you fit into their ecosystem. YOu have the power to choose what is best for you as an author.

I have my idea, what is the next step in publishing books?

Contact Brien and have a conversation about your idea. He can get a feel for your needs as well as the needs of the company and give insight to the current market.

Next, you would submit the required background info

Then, Brien would send it to marketing and it would go to a peer-review process to ensure you and the company fit together.

How do I know you won't steal my book idea?

“Longevity and trust is the best possible asset you can have as a publisher. People talk and if word gets out that you are stealing ideas then the author will not go with you.”

However, working in a niche market of AT there have been some simultaneous book ideas.

As a smaller publisher SLACK focuses more on the relationship than the bottom line.

What else can I do to get and stay on your radar?

  • Present, write, speak about your topic
  • Get involved with similar projects
  • Become a proposal reviewer
  • Continue to find ways to positively interact with the company and community
  • Positive reputation and social media following also help you stand out

What if I have already been rejected?

  • Do not take it personally.
  • Keep going
  • Keep fine-tuning
  • Find other ways to deliver your content.
  • Find ways to increase the reader's engagement and experience

Brien loves publishing books with Athletic Trainers

Some of the reason AT s a great to work with include:

  • Full of energy
  • Younger side of healthcare
  • Lots of new ideas
  • Constantly improving the professional level of students
  • Proactive and aggressive

Brien's favorite project so far?

Case scenarios book for ATs – provides real-world scenarios for ATs that would not be taught in classrooms. if nothing else it creates a jumping-off point for conversation.

Book Publishing Resources

Healio.com

SLACK Inc.

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Appropriate Medical Care “PASS” – 607

Bart Peterson and Larry Cooper join John Ciecko to discuss how we can ALL strive for Appropriate Medical care in our settings.

One way the NATA is working to improve the practice of secondary school athletic trainers is through a new online tool launched in 2019 called PASS (Some features require NATA login credentials). 

Today on the podcast John talks with Bart and Larry about the online tool they helped create through an entire year of data collection, research and collaboration.

Appropriate Medical Care Best Practices

What is PASS?

PASS is an online tool available to secondary school athletic trainers that are NATA members.  The tool takes the AT through 12 standards with narratives and annotations that can help ensure that can help elevate the care at a secondary school and ensure that you are practicing at the highest level.

Who should use PASS and how should it be used?

Bart and Larry encourage all secondary school AT’s to login and process through the PASS system.  Their goal is for at least 20% of all HS AT’s participating in PASS so that they can then pull of data of each state and assess where each state is meeting the standard and what needs improvement.

They recommend that an AT take approx 1 month to go through each standard and at the end of the year (12 standards) each secondary school will have a comprehensive collection of their policies, procedures, EAP’s and other administrative information.

How can an AT use PASS to move towards appropriate medical care?

The standards provided in PASS will ensure the AT is practicing at the highest level of care.  Each standard includes evidence and case law for compliance.

The standards are also a great tool to present to stakeholders within your school to encourage change.  For example, there is a standard of clean and safe facilities. If you as an AT are struggling to get your AT room and equipment cleaned properly, this standard can be taken to a stakeholder in the district and will help them understand the need for and importance of clean facilities.

The PASS system is also a great way to transition between AT’s in your school.  All EAP’s, policies, etc are stored on the PASS sight for the next AT at that high school.

We are already a NATA Safe School.  Should I still do PASS?

Bart and Larry encourage even Safe School Award winners to process through PASS.  “If they have already been awarded the Safe School Award, they have probably already completed 70-80% of PASS.

Bart’s dream is to have Safe Schools and PASS connect so that AT’s are not only participating in PASS but also apply for the Safe Schools Award.

What is the end product of PASS?

Elevated care within the secondary setting and moving from a model where a non-medical professional evaluates the AT to a medical model where the health care team works together to not only evaluate the AT but also to evaluate all the policies and procedures with the high school.

Got Questions??

Send us your specific questions to AppropriateMedicalCare@sportsmedicinebroadcast.com so we can respond individually or address it publicly if needed.

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Best Practices of Appropriate Medical Care in the Secondary Schools – Bart Peterson & Larry Cooper

Best Practices of Appropriate Medical Care in the Secondary Schools – Bart Peterson & Larry Cooper

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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Alisha M Penningtonalisha@theatvantage.com

Mike McKenney – m.mckenney@northeastern.edu

Mike Hopper – Mike.Hopper@bishoplynch.org

Clint Sanders – clint@dragonflyathletics.com

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Communicate to Grow – 606

How do you prefer to communicate? Does that style match the people you are working with?

Can you grow in your communication, make improvements, be more clear?

communicate, todd sabol, growth, understanding, Larry Cooper, Cari Wood

I struggle to communicate

I like to keep to myself, do my thing and not bother you unless I need something. Usually, when I do I am pretty cut and dry. I do not like to pretend to be interested or make small talk. However, this often appears I am only talking to you if I need something, and have no interest in you or your day, life, struggles, and joys.

Podcasting has helped me learn.

Marriage has helped me learn.

Conflict has helped me learn to communicate.

How can you grow?

Larry Cooper, Communicate, Rob Huggins, John Ciecko

Larry Cooper is a returning podcast guest and an old school AT (he is already retired). He joins Cari Wood and Todd Sabol as we find common ground between the new AT and the old.

Communicate; Cari Wood; Larry Cooper; Todd Sabol

Cari and Larry came up with a list of topics based on the most common complaints they see on AT social media.

Top 10 Communicate to Grow areas

1. Coaches (last min changes, late-night texts/calls, don't send athletes to you)

2. Parents (ER trips for no reason, don't trust you, come on the field when kid hurt)

3. Officials (Don't appreciate your safety concerns, flirt/demeaning, powertrips)

4. Athletes (Exaggerate everything, get info wrong or don't do it, don't show up)

5. Spectators (interject advice, stand in front of you, don't know what we do)

6. School Staff (take supplies, send you PE kids, let kids in AT room, unlocked)

7. Athletic Director (doesn't back you, no communication, low budget)

8. Colleagues (no communication, unprofessional on social media, don't help your kids at games)

9. Teams/Sports (SB-cheers from the dugout, Track – shin splints, Cheer – drama, etc)

10. Social Media (people who disclose too much, extreme responses that the commenter would never actually do, negativity toward the profession, etc)

Watch the conversation on Facebook

Communicate to Grow

Report that coach!!!File a complaint with the officialDemand to be part of the team gear handouts…Sometimes the things we complain about are our own fault because we have not invested in relationships that foster communication…BUT someitimes it's not.Cari Wood, Larry Cooper and Todd Sabol share thoughts and experiences on how ATs on Social Media can grow by communicating.

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Thursday, December 5, 2019

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Larry Cooper – coopatc1@gmail.com

Cari Wood – cari.wood@redmondschools.org

Todd Sabol – ToddSportsMed on Social Media

Jeremy JacksonMrJeremyJackson on Social Media

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Social Media Etiquette – 605

Dinner etiquette means starting with the outside and working your way in with the silverware. Social Media Etiquette is an everchanging environment but certain truths hold solid.

Is Social Media important for the Sports Medicine Professional?

YES! – there is so much to learn. Find a good knowledge stream on twitter or facebook and you will be completely filled. It can be a source of customers and advocacy as well as connection and mentoring.

CAUTION!!! – Social media can also become a breeding ground for decay if you choose to follow and engage with “dead fruit.”

Do these things

  1. Know your WHY
  2. Start with ONE
  3. Know your LIMITS
  4. be YOURSELF
  5. Remember there are real people reading these
  6. CHECK your spelling and grammar
  7. PROTECT patient privacy
Social Media Etiquette

Don't do these things

  1. Use foul/inappropriate language
  2. Use inappropriate pictures
  3. Share pictures of videos with ANY injury details
  4. Think “permission to post” clears you legally
  5. Forget there are real people on the receiving end
  6. Be too serious
  7. Forget your WHY

Tips and Tricks

  • Be a sponge first
    • If you are new to Social Media start with one platform and be a creeper for a little while. Read posts, watch others and see what is normal for that platform.
  • Use different apps for different accounts
    • TweetDeck for Personal and Twitter app for Bussiness or
    • Hoot suite for all personal accounts and native apps for professional
  • Tools to check that spelling
    • Grammarly – checks spelling and grammar
    • PhraseExpress – allows me to type “SMB” and it automatically gets expanded to “Sports Medicine Broadcast”
    • TextExpander is another option

Social Media Etiquette for Sports Medicine – Jeremy Jackson LAT

Social Media Etiquette for Sports Medicine – Jeremy Jackson LAT

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Monday, 10 June 2019

Contact us:

Jeremy Jackson

Shawn Readyshawnreadyatc@gmail.com

Ray Olivorayolivo1@gmail.com

Dr. Mark Knoblauchmaknobla@Central.UH.EDU

Dr. Layci Harrisonlharris5@Central.UH.EDU

Bob MarleyBob.Marley@uth.tmc.edu

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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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Polos and Khakis Live – 604

What would cause two young MAT students to start a podcast called Polos and Khakis?

Today on the SMB live from NATA 2019 Mike Hopper got a chance to ask Dan and Lizzy, co-founders of Polos and Khakis that and several other questions.

Lizzy says that the podcast started selfishly.  They were preparing for an exam from Dr. Rebecca Lopez at USF and she hadn’t studied enough.  She searched to find a podcast on the topic they were being tested on and she couldn’t find one.  Because they saw a need, they decided to create one.

What topics do they cover on Polos and Khakis?

Dan says they cover a lot of topics during their tenure.  Heat illness, concussion, spinal injuries and management, nutrition and ACL injuries are just a few.  They try to cover topics that can help AT’s refresh on their knowledge of situations and emergencies they may face and want to provide exposure to their listeners of the many directions AT’s can go.  

What’s coming up on the podcast?

Recently, Dan and Lizzy sat down with staff from Maryland to talk about the Jordan McNair tragedy and what we can learn from it and how we as AT’s move on from tragedy.  

ATs Care is a phenomenal service to help ATs process catastrophic loss and injury.

Future episodes include physicians and how best to build relationships with them and the Cirque Du Soleil AT’s.

What does the future hold for Polos and Khakis?

Dan and Lizzy hope to continue the podcast.  They want to be advocates for the profession and remind AT’s that they need to eat.  They don’t know where they will end up after graduation but with technology and their mentor Jeremy, who they are very grateful for, they hope to continue even if they are in different parts of the country.

Polos and Khakis Live

Watch Mike, Dan and Lizzy live at NATA 2019

Starting early as a professional advocate – Polos & Khakis

Starting early as a professional advocate – Polos & Khakis

Posted by Sports Medicine Broadcast on Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Contact us:

Jeremy JacksonHost of The Sports Medicine Broadcast

John Ciecko – jciecko@bloomfield.org

Alisha M Penningtonalisha@theatvantage.com

Mike McKenney – m.mckenney@northeastern.edu

Mike Hopper – Mike.Hopper@bishoplynch.org

Clint Sanders – clint@dragonflyathletics.com

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.