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Hosts: Dr. Steve Karageanes and Yasi Ansari

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Filming Docs on Athletes and Artists: Thug Rose and The Other Dream Team — (Marius Markevicius)
January 31, 2023 • 53 min

Never before have so many excellent films, docuseries, and TV shows been produced about many important topics…historical events, political upheaval, stories of courage and personal triumph, true crime, and of course…athletes and artists. To learn more about this golden age of documentary filmmaking, Yasi and Steven talk to award-winning filmmaker Marius Markevicius. His new film that just debuted at the Austin Film Festival is “Thug Rose”, about famed UFC straw-weight champion Rose Namajunas. Her career is legendary, and Marius goes behind the scenes to capture her training, fighting, and performing…classical music on piano. Marius also talks about his 2012 Sundance award-winning documentary “The Other Dream Team”, focusing on the Lithuanian Olympic Bronze-medal winning basketball team in 1992, whose story of perseverance and success amid political strife in a war-torn country fighting for its own independence would have been the main story that year, had the NBA not sent their own Dream Team to Barcelona.

Letting The Music Breathe: How Science Got Music Back in School — (Dr. Mark Spede; Dr. James Weaver)
December 19, 2022 • 1 hr 3 min

When COVID-19 caused schools to keep students of all grades at home, those arguably most disadvantaged by this were musicians. Many barriers stood in the way of getting students back in the music room: aerosolization from instruments and voice, close proximity between students, secretions from brass instruments, and antiquated ventilation systems in thousands of school buildings. Early projections indicated that musicians would not get back in the room for 2 YEARS! Well, that didn’t happen, and our guests are a huge reason why. Steven and Yasi talk to Dr. Mark Spede, Director of Bands and Conductor of the Symphonic Band at Clemson University, and Dr. James Weaver, Director of Performing Arts and Sports for the National Federation of State High School Associations. These two gentlemen collaborated on expedient and collaborative research that helped crack the code on how to play music in a post-pandemic school environment.

How To Fuel Your Dancer — (Michelle Macedonio, MS, RDN, LD; Roberta Anding, MS, RD/LD, CSSD, CDE; Astrid Zuluaga-Lopez)
September 19, 2022 • 1 hr 3 min

Perhaps no field in medicine is fraught with as much misinformation and confusion as nutrition. This directly impacts the dance world, as many restrict the very food elements that fuels a dancer to perform. So Yasi and Steven get into it with two of Yasi’s colleagues and mentors from the Sports and Human Performance Nutrition practice group, Michelle Macedonio MS, RDN, LD and Roberta Anding MS, RD/LD, CSSD, CDE. Joining the conversation is former professional dancer and current dietitian-in-training, Astrid Zuluaga-Lopez.

All Elite Wrestling: AEW Champions Wardlow and Thunder Rosa — (Dr. Michael Sampson, Wardlow, Thunder Rosa)
August 31, 2022 • 1 hr 4 min

Perhaps nothing embodies the idea of “Athletes and the Arts” than professional wrestling. For 52 weeks a year, AEW (All Elite Wrestling) tours the world, putting on shows that combine athleticism, power, theatricality, performance, and toughness that thrills audiences everywhere. So how in the world can they do it week after week? How do they perform gravity-defying stunts and falls without fracturing their spines? How does one become a champion wrestler and stay sane doing it? Steven and Yasi go backstage with AEW Medical Director Dr. Michael Sampson to find out. He brings with him two of AEW’s biggest stars, AEW TNT Champion Wardlow and TNT Women’s World Champion Thunder Rosa. Get ready for an exciting show that will thrill and inspire you!

Multiple Sclerosis and the Musician — (Raymond Meade, Dr. Mark Janicki)
May 25, 2022 • 1 hr 1 min

Raymond Meade has been in the UK music industry for over two decades, first as a singer/songwriter for the Ronelles, a solo artist and session musician, and current bassist for Ocean Colour Scene. He also made a BBC documentary about the music of Auschwitz. His life is literally in his hands. So what happens when those hands start tingling during a concert…and it doesn’t stop? When you suddenly can’t play music? When your doctors tell you that you have Multiple Sclerosis?

Dancing with the Diablo — (Selina Shah, MD, Lauren Jonas, Raymond Tilton, Justin Levitt)
April 29, 2022 • 1 hr 10 min

On this episode, Steven and Yasi talk with the artistic and wellness pros behind Diablo Ballet, a professional dance company and ballet school in Walnut Creek, California. As they celebrate the end of their 28th season, we find out how they manage to keep health and wellness a priority, while maintaining artistic excellence. We also delve into the working relationships among the artistic director, principal dancers, and music composer in creating original ballets, while reflecting on staying afloat during a pandemic and handling the pressures of social media.

How Sound and Music Can Heal — (Renèe Fleming, Nina Kraus)
March 22, 2022 • 59 min

The power of music and sound to heal the mind and body is being unlocked through new neuroscience research and education. Exciting developments are showing how music and sound can tap into important brain functions and even treat such conditions as Autism, concussion, Alzheimer’s, and even aging. Yasi and Steven talk to two people at the forefront of this exploding field.

Marching To Their Own Beat — DCI and CD&BC (Vicki McFarland, Jennifer Pohlman, and Steven Rock)
Mar 1, 2022 • 1 hr 12 min

Marching band, drum corps, bugle corps…it’s part of sports worldwide, but it’s also its own entertainment industry, and competition is fierce and deep. Drum Corps International is Marching Music’s Major League, celebrating their 50th year of performance. They hold over 100 events and competitions, including Drumline Battles. One of the top competitors is the Colts Drum & Bugle Corps from Dubuque, Iowa, and today, Yasi and Steven talk with members of the Colts to find out just what it takes to make it into drum corps and marching bands…and stay healthy doing it!

Breakin’ for Gold — BBoy Morris; Offset Med (Morris “BBoy Morris” Isby, Aaron Ngor, Taejun “TeeJay” Lee)
Jan 25, 2022 • 1 hr 12 min

Breaking, or Break Dancing, exploded in popularity in the 80s but thanks to TV and social media, it’s more popular than ever, so much that it will become an Olympic sport at the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. Yasi and Steven talk to one of the U.S. Olympic hopefuls, Bboy Morris, and the medical team that helps him get there, Aaron Ngor and TeeJay Lee, founders of Offset Med. We get in deep about the Breaking community, its growth from the 80s to today, and how much physical stamina and training it takes to be one of the best in the world.

New York versus Philly: Dance Edition — AMSSM (Christine Cox, Marc Harwood, Melody Hrubes, Sheyi OjoFeitimi)
Oct 31, 2021 • 1 hr 14 min

Our biggest episode yet brings together the medical professionals in New York and Philadelphia who care for some of the biggest companies in the dance world. They give us insight on how they keep those performers on stage. We talk about what it’s like to work in small, medium, and large-sized programs, how their dancers access care, and the challenges of pushing the boundaries of choreography without pushing physical boundaries. Brought to you by the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine.

Gaining The Mental Edge — AASP (Stephen Gonzales, Brooke DeRosa)
Sep 25, 2021 • 1 hr 8 min

How do you improve mental performance in sports and the performing arts? Is mental performance and mental illness along the same spectrum? How do you stay healthy in the face of failure and rejection? We talk to a doctor and a performer to find out how. Listen to Yasi and Steven talk with Dr. Stephen Gonzales of the Association of Applied Sports Psychology (AASP) and Brooke DeRosa, film composer and singer with the L.A. Opera.

From the Barre to the Clinic: Professional Dancers becoming Doctors — AOASM (Becca Rodriguez Regner, Kirsten Roberts)
Aug 23, 2021 • 1 hr 15 min

What does it take to become a professional dancer? A combination of physical gifts, proper training, and a lot of hard work for starters. But when the time comes to exit stage left, what does it take to then become a professional health care provider? We find out by talking to two extraordinary women who reached the top of two different fields. Listen as Yasi and Steven talk with Doctors Becca Rodriguez Regner, DO, FAOASM, and Kirsten Roberts, PT, DPT, CPT-PMA about the difficulties of a professional dance career, newer theories in dance training, the importance of nutritional support, developing resiliency, and so much more.

The Journey of a Ballroom Dancer and her Doctor — AAPSM (Laura Solomon, Oscar Pedrinelli, Howard Osterman)
Jul 19, 2021 • 1 hr 4 min

Dr. Laura Solomon shares her journey as a professional ballroom dancer, overcoming reconstructive ankle surgery and a career-threatening Jones fracture in her foot to compete at the highest levels in the world of ballroom dancing. She is joined by her team; her teacher and partner, Oscar Pedrinelli, and her podiatrist, Dr. Howard Osterman. They talk about the power of positive thinking, treatment for a Jones fracture, prevention foot and ankle injuries, and what it takes to excel in dance.

Vocal Disorders in Performers — PAMA (Lucinda Halstead)
Jun 23, 2021 • 57 min

Our guest this episode is renowned otolaryngologist and President of the Performing Arts Medical Association, Lucinda Halstead, MD. She is a pioneer in performing arts medicine, starting one of the first vocal treatment centers in the United States in 1987 and becoming the Medical Director of the MUSC Evelyn Trammell Institute for Voice and Swallowing.

We discuss various medical issues related to vocalists, specifically vocal dystonia, a commonly misunderstood problem that can suddenly render a performer unable to sing. We also cover the work of the Performing Arts Medical Association, including work on a COVID aerosol that is helping to get performers back on stage.

Training and Caring for Collegiate Dancers — NATA (Amanda Donahue, Kristina Berger)
May 23, 2021 • 1 hr 8 min

Amanda Donahue, ATC, MS and Kristina Berger are faculty at the esteemed Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College in Franklin, Massachusetts. These two accomplished professionals join us today to talk about how they merge medicine, education, and training to best prepare their dancers for the dance world. Their unique collaboration is a model for training and caring for dancers. We talk about how athletic trainers are uniquely suited to be the key health care professional in a college dance program, and we dive into dance topics such as the Horton Technique, dancer nutrition, and how dance helps you discover your inner passion to keep you going in your career.

Performing Artists as Athletes: Exercise Physiology — ACSM (Tim Lightfoot, Randy Dick)
Apr 22, 2021 • 51 min

We talk with Dr. Timothy Lightfoot and Randy Dick, both fellows of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) about exercise physiology concepts in performing arts medicine. Dr. Lightfoot, an exercise physiologist, talks about his innovative research at Texas A & M on physical exertion during performance, as well as the “Exercise is Medicine” campaign started by the ACSM and how it applies to performers. We also look at the barriers that prevent performing artists from achieving health and wellness.

What is Athletes and the Arts about? — AATA (John Snyder, Randy Dick)
Mar 28, 2021 • 37 min

Our guests are Randy Dick and John Snyder, the two co-founders of the Athletes and the Arts initiative. We talk about why this movement is needed, and how they worked to bring sports medicine and performing arts medicine organizations together to better meet the needs of musicians, dancers, vocalists and all performing artists everywhere.


Visit any of these podcasts services to listen to all of our Athletes and the Arts podcasts:
Spotify | Pocket Casts | Amazon Music | Google Podcasts | Deezer