98 : What Can Football Learn From Motorsport? w/ Pro Race Car Driver, Henrique Cisneros

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Henrique Cisneros is a professional race car driver, Chairman, Director & President of the Motorsport Safety Foundation, Co-owner and Director of MOMO Italy, a global automotive safety accessories company and Director at Cisneros Corporation.  In Episode 98, Henrique and I discussed health & safety in motorsport and how it's initiatives can translate to other sports like football.

The creation of the Motorsport Safety Foundation was inspired by the tragic loss of Henrique's co-driver, Sean Edwards while he was coaching racing students in Australia.  According to Henrique, most races governed by the FIA require the track to meet a set of minimum safety standards. In Sean's accident, the driver, traveling at high speed, crashed into a wall that was supposed to have several rows of tires to dissipate the impact.  This particular wall had an insufficient number of tire rows.  Ultimately, Henrique felt his friend's death could have been prevented.  Partly out of frustration for a lack of consistency for motorsport safety standards and as a way to his honor his friend, the Motorsport Safety Foundation was born. The mission of the Motorsport Safety Foundation is to improve safety in all forms of motorsport.  Although the mission may sound simple, Henrique enlightened me on how this is no easy task.

Pictured : Henrique (left), Sean Edwards (Right)

Pictured : Henrique (left), Sean Edwards (Right)

Below are some topics of discussion in this episode:

  • Why it takes an accident to make changes that improve safety.

  • Impact causes the most damage in motorsport, so how do you dissipate the impact most effectively?

  • The inherent risk of speed in motorsport.

  • Advances in motorsport safety equipment.

  • The importance of educating drivers on safety because ignorance can be bliss.

    • How even crashing at 40 miles an hour can kill you.

    • Sharing best practices.

  • Why the biggest enemy to safety is cost.

    • Safety is expensive, every new regulation means changes for teams, cars or tracks and they don't all necessarily make the car faster.

  • How Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s death pushed change and new technology in motorsport safety.

  • Motorsport Safety Foundation's Initiatives.

    • ICE

      • Emergency ID Stickers

    • Certified

      • In collaboration with leaders in the High Performance Driver Education community, the Motorsport Safety Foundation has created standards for the selection, training and certification of high performance driving instructors.

    • Race With Restraint

      • Race with Restraint is a program dedicated to making Frontal Head Restraints (FHR) easily accessible to anyone who goes on a race track. The Motorsport Safety Foundation offers drivers at all levels the chance to rent a HANS Device or Simpson Hybrid for a low fee.

        • Rental kiosk for restraints

          • Takes the money excuse away from drivers

  • Zero One helmet by VICIS – Henrique applauds the company for thinking outside the box.

    • What is the price on your life?

  • SG Helmets - Football helmets inspired by motorsport technology.

    • Using Carbon Kevlar

    • Weight is the enemy in collisions

  • How the evolution of motorsport and sports like football are similar.

"The safer the track and equipment, the better the racing"

  • Concussions in motorsport and the lack of return to drive protocols.

  • Spectator safety

    • Why danger = Fun

  • How the younger generation of racers are seeing things differently when it comes to safety.

    • Culture of masculinity is less prevalent.

    • The younger generation isn't afraid to speak their truth.

  • Why making decisions on ego or masculinity never consider safety

    • Ego over intuition

      • Another one of the HighFives Foundation's critical mistakes

  • Story of a personal crash Henrique was in and why the he was lucky the track safety parameters were up to par.

  • What can other sports learn from motorsports?

    • The use of sensors.

    • How sensors can lead to information people don’t want to know...

  • Why MOMO never skimps on safety.

  • Why consistency is key when is comes to building a culture of safety.

    • Brief and debrief safety before and after each event.

  • Henrique's hobbies outside of motorsport, kite surfing, motorized paragliding. See his video below!

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88 : That's Gotta Hurt, The Injuries That Changed Sports Forever w/ Dr. David Geier

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Dr. David Geier is an Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist out of Charleston South Carolina.  Dr. Geier has been writing and podcasting on various sports medicine topics for years, and he was kind enough to send me a copy of his new book called “That’s Gotta Hurt, The Injuries That Changed Sports Forever.”  In this episode, we discuss how surgeries, treatments and prevention strategies have evolved for athletes over the years. Dr. Geier put a tremendous amount of effort into the supporting research for each chapter of this book.  Using stories of landmark injuries suffered by professional and collegiate athletes, Dr. Geier highlights how far the field of Sports Medicine has evolved in a relatively short period of time, the problems that still exist and offers insight into some potential solutions to these issues.  I believe that many different perspectives can appreciate the contents of this book.  Specifically, parents, athletes, coaches, aspiring athletic trainers, physical therapists and students.  This book would be a jackpot for a student writing a paper related to sports medicine! There are nearly 50 pages worth of references.  Dr. Geier did most of the hard work for you!

Below are some talking points throughout the episode:

  • What inspired Dr. Geier to get into Sports Medicine.

  • Memorable circumstances throughout his career

    • Pro Tennis Tournaments

  • Why it is important to treat the whole person

  • The inspiration behind his new book

  • The current state of Sports Medicine and what's on the horizon

  • Landmark injuries that have led to rule changes, better surgeries, training, equipment and how sports have evolved because of these injuries

  • How injuries affect recruiting and drafting, predicting future health

    • How to keep yourself marketable after injury

  • How pro sports are a Darwinian process in that they weed out the guys and gals whose bodies won't hold up

  • The pressure on the players to get back and play hurt which lead to further injury

  • Advice to athletic career longevity: If possible give your body as much time as possible to let your body heal and not come back too soon

  • What are the glaring gaps in the effectiveness of today's surgeries

  • Most common injuries Dr. Geier sees in his patients

  • Why injuries in runners and kids are largely preventable and why injuries in contact sports aren't always as preventable

  • The effects of patient expectations going into surgery

    • As a patient, don’t be afraid to ask the questions

  • Balancing risk vs. reward

    • Why Dr. Geier is concerned about youth tackle football

  • What happens to goal setting when injuries aren’t a part of the program

  • Catastrophic injuries and an extreme sports discussion

  • What worries Dr. Geier about extreme sports

  • The evolution of equipment and why Dr. Geier wouldn't be surprised to see a normalization of pitchers and infielders wearing helmets

    • # HelmetsAreCool

  • The role of collective bargaining in sports health & safety

  • Greg Maddux's pitching follow-through technique which not only served to protect him from comebackers, but also earned him 18 Gold Glove awards

  • How healthy athletes tend to focus on recovery

  • The difference between male and female athletes when it comes to injury

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87 : Your Best Ability is Availability w/ 4 NFL Pros, 2 Parents & 1 Ortho Doc

This week I am throwing a different type of episode at you guys. A couple weeks back I attended the New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute's Sports Injury Prevention Training camp at Seton Hall Prep in West Orange NJ.  At the camp young athletes learned the proper mechanics and best practices to prevent injuries in their upcoming fall seasons.  The athletes got to hear both current and former NFL players talk about the different ways they took care of or are currently caring for their bodies to optimize longevity throughout their career’s. The NFL players in attendance were retired NFL running back Brian Leonard, current NFL free agent Tim Wright, current Chicago Bears fullback Michael Burton and retired NFL linebacker Kevin Malast. While covering the event, I got the opportunity to interview each of these former Rutgers Football standouts and NFL veterans for about 5 minutes each, which was just enough time to get some great words of wisdom.  In addition I interviewed a couple who brought their two sons to the camp and we hear about Mom’s concerns, but also some of the amazing things football has to offer for their kids and their family as a whole.  The episode concludes with an interview with Dr. Anthony Scillia who taught the athletes about injury prevention from a scientific standpoint. Below are some pictures from the event.

Brian Leonard (2:00):

  • Background: Rutgers Football standout fullback known for leaping over defenders and played in the NFL for 8 seasons as a running back.

    • Drafted by the Rams (07, 08)

    • Cincinnati Bengals (09, 10, 11, 12)

    • Buccaneers (12)

    • New Orleans Saints (13)

  • Approach to avoid injury:

    • Credits the weight room.

  • Positioning and leverage.

    • The importance of knowing how to fall.

  • The consequences of playing through pain.

    • Medication masking injuries.

    • The cumulative affect of playing injured.

    • Compensation leading to other injuries.

  • How injuries affect your performance on the field.

  • Advice to football players for longevity:

    • Prehab/rehab, eating healthy and positioning.

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Tim Wright (10:08):

  • Background: Former Rutgers football standout wide receiver turned NFL tight end free agent who is coming off his second ACL injury, which occurred back in May 2016. Now feels 100% ready to play again.

    • Tampa Bay Buccaneers (13)

    • New England Patriots (14, Super Bowl Champion)

    • Detroit Lions (15)

  • 2010 ACL injury at Rutgers 20 years old.

  • Had time to mature since the last injury.

  • Why NFL stands for "Not for long".

  • Opened barbershop called "The Wright Cut" during his recovery from ACL surgery.

  • Building the business gave him the chance to see his vision through.

  • Importance of having a passion outside of sports.

Where can you follow Tim?


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Michael Burton (16:33) :

  • Background: Former Rutgers football walk-on full back turned team captain and current fullback for the Chicago Bears. Michael is also a previous guest on the podcast and your can hear from him in episode 33. At one point during the camp, Michael told the athletes that “The best ability, is availability” and that really resonated with me, hence the title of this episode. Give a listen to my discussion with Mike about how he keeps himself available:

  • Focus on recovery

    • Cold tub/hot tub

    • Acupuncture

    • Massage therapy

    • Cryotherapy

  • Look to the veterans for advice on longevity.

  • Injury is largely unavoidable from a technique perspective, but positioning can help (low man wins/make yourself small).

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Kevin Malast (21:17):

  • Background: Linebacker who played 3 seasons in the NFL and played ball with Brian Leonard back in the Rutgers Football Glory Days. Kevin was the kind of guy that avoided the training room at all costs.

    • Chicago Bears

    • Tenesse Titans

  • Staying healthy.

    • Lift a lot of weights with good proper range of motion.

      • Using muscle as armor.

  • Lessons learned from teammates like Brian Urlacher on taking care of his body.

  • Proper rest and nutrients.

  • Never thinking about injury and always going 100%.

    • If you think about getting injured, that’s when you get injured.

  • Only missed two days of school from kindergarten through his senior year of high school

  • Toughness is doing something at a very high level day in and day out and having the consistency day in and day out.

  • Why not everyday is going to be perfect, but how you can make it perfect.

Where can you follow Kevin?


Donald & Angela Robinson, Parents (29:07):

  • 2 kids at the camp.

  • As loving parents, safety is a priority

    • Both kids love football and they want to take all the necessary precautions to help them enjoy the sport.

  • Donald was a linebacker in high school

  • Angela did have reservations about their kids playing.

    • Especially because of concussions.

  • For the Robinson's, football is a family affair.

    • Both sets of Grandparents travel to watch the games.

  • Angela hopes that their kids get a true understanding of how important precaution is.

  • Donald's approach to coaching today's youth.

    • It is more than just football.

      • Building relationships with these kids.

  • The intangible benefits of sports participation and mentorship.

Dr. Anthony Scillia (36:42):

  • Background: Anthony J. Scillia M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty certification in sports medicine. He was trained at Dr. James Andrews’ prestigious fellowship the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Alabama.

    Along with his partners at New Jersey Orthopaedic Institute, Dr. Scillia serves as a team physician for Seton Hall University, Montclair State University, the New Jersey Jackals baseball team, and sixteen high schools.  In addition, he is the hip consultant for the New Jersey Devils.

  • What the research says about injury prevention:

    • The benefits of rigorous ACL programs:

      • Improving proprioception

      • Jump training and landing properly

      • Proper mechanics

      • Proper warmup and cool down periods

      • Proper stretching and not over training.

  • Baseball Literature: 36% higher injury rate in pitching when not taking a 4 month break in a given year.

  • When athletes are tired and their mechanics breakdown.

  • ACL mechanism of injury:

    • Planting foot and changing direction “Pivot-shift”.

    • The importance of proper quadriceps muscle coordination.

    • Ensuring athletes are jumping with their knees centered over their shoulders instead of buckled in.

  • Contact vs non-contact return to play.

  • Return to play following metacarpal fractures in football players

  • The important roles of Athletic Trainers & Physical Therapists in the rehab process.

    • Modifying the standard “cookbook” for each athlete.

  • Why there is not a set timeline that is generalizable for all athletes.

    • Recovery times are specific to the injury and specific to the athlete.

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