Morning Medical Update Friday 2-9-24

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Jill Chadwick

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Key points from today’s guests:

Dezman Moses, Chiefs ambassador; Chiefs linebacker, 2013-2016

  • A constant and growing relationship between athletes and sports medicine staff is important because our body is our vehicle.
  • So we try to stay in tune with the doctors – what they are saying about our body what we need to do in order to prep for games and try to get to our highest level on game day.
  • It’s great that more young girls are becoming interested in the football games.

Dr. Paul Schroeppel, head team orthopedist, Kansas City Chiefs; clinical service chief, orthopedics & sports medicine, The University of Kansas Health System

  • When it comes to Super Bowl preparation, the type of stadium doesn’t matter -- you really just need to focus on what you're there to do.
  • It doesn't alter what we do for the team or how we approach injury or injury prevention.
  • Working with so many different Chiefs teams over the years, each team has its strengths and weaknesses and different challenges. To see the team come together and grow through the adversity and overcome obstacles, it's inspiring to get to watch.
  • Everyone has an integral role to make the team successful. It takes everybody performing at the highest level to make the team successful.

Michaela Meyer, certified athletic trainer, Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders; certified athletic trainer, The University of Kansas Health System

  • I challenge anyone who has not seen them perform on game day to really you know, spend some time looking at what they're doing there.
  • Every time the ball is not in play, they're moving. Those games can get long, they can get grueling and they're subject to chronic overuse injuries just like some of your other traditional sports as well.
  • One time they put a step tracker on a cheerleader during the game and she racked up 32,000 steps.

Roger Allen, NFL offensive guard, 2009-2012; strength & athletic development supporter, The University of Kansas Health System

  • The thing I don’t miss from the playing days is the injuries -- how your body feels in the morning.
  • When I was playing, I'd get up and I could barely move just because of inflammation in the joints.
  • It would take about 10 to 15 minutes for my body to actually loosen up and inflammation to go down so I can no move like a normal human being.
  • The main thing I teach in my role now is to take care of your body. You only get one body.
  • And so I always recommend injury prevention. Mobility is key.
  • The key is to stay mobile and stay moving so that you don't lose that mobility as you get older.

Dr. Travis Love, cardiologist, The University of Kansas Health System

  • Just as we get really anxious about the game, and then the build up to the game and throughout the game, we just start to speed up our heart rates a little bit. You feel it in your chest is your heart rates pick up and that's natural. That's your body doing what it's supposed to in these situations and you can absolutely feel it.
  • I have had patients who notice chest pains as the games begin. I don't know that there's an actual correlation with the game, it's just something that sticks out to them at that time.
  • For the Super Bowl, try not to get too anxious when you get up in the morning. Take your medications if you have high blood pressure. If you have things like coronary artery disease, make sure you still take your medication that day.

Savannah Dower, R.N., labor and delivery, The University of Kansas Health System

  • During football games, we definitely keep our my eyes on the patient never on the TV.
  • But sometimes you have to rein the parents back in and focus them on the delivery versus the game going on.
  • We may see more baby names in relations to Chiefs players or girlfriends.

John Sorrick, NFL Healthcare Hero, went to Super Bowl 55

  • In 2021, John was one of the healthcare heroes selected to go to Super Bowl 55 based on his dedication to front line patient care during the pandemic.
  • He worked on the very first ICU floor dedicated to all COVID patients.
  • It was just such an amazing experience to go down there with all these people that he worked side by side with for so long and be recognized for the support for everything that was going on in the world at that time.

Bob Page, president and CEO, The University of Kansas Health System

  • I don't think there's been a more exciting time to be in Kansas City than there is today. We had the NFL Draft. We got the World Cup. We've got a stadium devoted to a women's professional sports franchise. We have a football team that's going to the Super Bowl for the fourth time in five years.
  • There's a renaissance going on in Kansas City and at the center of that Renaissance are two organizations -- the Kansas City Chiefs and The University of Kansas Health System.

Dr. Dana Hawkinson, medical director of Infection Prevention and Control, The University of Kansas Health System

  • If you are at a Super Bowl party and then learn you may have been exposed to COVID, the CDC recommends these steps:
    • Mask for 10 days
    • Get tested on Day 6
    • If negative, keep masking
    • If positive, isolate

Monday, February 12 at 8 a.m. is the next Morning Medical Update. Meet one woman who never stopped searching for a solution to battle seizures until she found a team of specialists. Learn more about the surgical solution offered by doctors and the methods used to pinpoint the source of her seizures.

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