The Podium Podcast

Welcome to The Podium, a production of Podium Sports Medicine. This podcast was created as a resource for the patients in our practice, where we have the pleasure of working with a small group of professional athletes and high-performing individuals from around the world. Our podcast dissects the principles of performance for our patients, and then disseminates pertinent, actionable information with them in mind.

Building Your High Performance Support Team

Date: February 26, 2024

Assembling a top-notch support team is essential for peak performance. Join hosts Dr. Kevin Sprouse and Patrick Morris as they break down the key components of a high-performance team, from coaches and physical therapists to doctors and mental performance coaches. At the heart of the discussion, Kevin and Patrick emphasize the importance of establishing relationships […]

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Endurance Training Principles with Robbie Ventura

Date: February 12, 2024

How can you get the most out of your training without overcooking yourself before your big event? Robbie Ventura, former professional cyclist turned endurance coach, joins Dr. Kevin Sprouse to discuss the delicate balance of building fitness while maintaining freshness through periodization, intensity management, monitoring recovery, and developing a comprehensive race strategy. Robbie talks through how […]

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The Ideal Day Template for High Performance

Date: January 29, 2024

Is there an “ideal day” to set you up for peak performance? Hosts Dr. Kevin Sprouse and Patrick Morris outline a daily template focused on recovery, nutrition, workouts and lifestyle habits particularly tailored for professional athletes seeking those incremental gains. Learn why prioritizing our well-being can help us navigate through our day-to-day activities with greater […]

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Athlete Nutrition and Physiology with Dr. Trent Stellingwerff

Date: January 15, 2024

Looking for an evidence-based guide to macronutrients and other fueling best practices? You’re in the right spot. Dr. Kevin Sprouse sat down with Dr. Trent Stellingwerff, the Director of Innovation and Research at the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, to talk about optimal nutrition and physiology for athletes. They break down macronutrient intake, with a special […]

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How to Build a Balanced Exercise Routine in the New Year

Date: January 2, 2024

Ever wondered why traditional New Year’s resolutions might be holding you back? Dr. Kevin Sprouse and Patrick Morris challenge the status quo, offering a fresh perspective on goal-setting. Learn why the mantra of “move slow and long, fast and short, and lift heavy stuff” will elevate your overall health and fitness. The key? Crafting a […]

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The 2023 Podium Podcast Holiday Gift Guide

Date: December 11, 2023

What do a moccamaster, sauna, air quality monitor, and the Morris Perfromance Newsletter all have in common? They are all on this year’s Podium Podcast Holiday Gift Guide! Dr. Sprouse and Patrick are back with some great gift ideas for your training partner, special someone, or even yourself! They have broken the gifts up into categories ranging […]

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Navigating Cold and Flu Season: Strategies for Health and Athletic Performance

Date: November 28, 2023

As winter approaches, the risk of illnesses rises, fueled by increased indoor exposure and lowered immunity. Patrick Morris and Dr. Kevin Sprouse share practical strategies to optimize health during the challenging cold and flu season. Find out why good hygiene practices and nutritional choices play pivotal roles in prevention, along with the importance of staying […]

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Breathing for Performance with Mike Watts

Date: November 13, 2023

When it comes to optimizing daily routines, breathwork is key. As part of his philosophy and methodology, Mike Watts understands the importance of functional breathing and its impact of recovery and performance. In this episode, Mike sits down with Patrick Morris and Dr. Kevin Sprouse to dissect breathing patterns through the lens of performance. Watts […]

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Foundation Series: Recap Q&A

Date: October 30, 2023

From exercise and training, to sleep and nutrition, Patrick Morris and Dr. Kevin Sprouse have covered it all in the Foundation Series. In this episode, they answer burning questions from our listeners to fill in any gaps in your training. Patrick and Dr. Sprouse discuss fueling strategies tailored for endurance athletes, the intricacies of periodizing […]

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Foundation Series: Nutrition

Date: October 16, 2023

What role does nutrition play in creating a solid performance foundation? The answer might be more complex than you think. Hosts Dr. Kevin Sprouse and Patrick Morris tackle the essential metrics used in nutritional scoring, from calorie balance and protein intake to fiber consumption and Omega-3 levels assessed through the Omega-3 index test. They also […]

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The Foundations: Sleep Science for Athletes

Date: October 2, 2023

Can quality sleep and sleep hygiene be your competitive edge? Whether you are actively training or regularly exercising, sleep is a game changer. In this episode of the Foundations Series, Patrick Morris and Dr. Kevin Sprouse share essential insights tailored specifically for athletes on a mission to optimize their training.  Join them as they dive […]

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The Foundations: Training and Exercise

Date: September 18, 2023

How do exercise and training impact overall health and performance? Join Kevin and Patrick as they delve into the crucial distinction between exercise and training, and explore the significance of key metrics. From tracking your exercise hours per week to maximizing your VO2 max, strength training, endurance training, recovery, and minimizing sedentary time – all […]

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The Foundations: Kicking Off a New Series

Date: September 4, 2023

As the seasons change and a busy year winds down, it’s more important than ever to revisit the basics. Over the next several episodes, Dr. Kevin Sprouse and Patrick Morris will explore three crucial foundations: Sleep and Recovery, Nutrition and Fueling, and Training and Activity.  This series is a long-term resource that will provide comprehensive […]

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On Tour(s) with Alex Howes

Date: August 7, 2023

World Tour, Grand Tours, and the Tour Divide – cyclist Alex Howes has done it all. He joins host Dr. Kevin Sprouse to break down his professional cycling career around the world, and his most recent adventure at the Tour Divide.  Most recently, he completed the Tour Divide bikepacking race, spanning from Canada to Mexico […]

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Le Podium Arrives in Paris

Date: July 24, 2023

The final stage of the 2023 Tour de France came to a climactic end and Kevin and Patrick are back with the latest updates. Join them as they delve into the physical toll and strain on riders, recovery metrics, sleep patterns, and the overall impact of the grueling race on athletes’ health. Plus, they dedicate […]

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Le Podium – Rest Day 2

Date: July 17, 2023

As the Tour de France enters its second rest day, Dr. Kevin Sprouse and Patrick Morris reflect on last week’s injuries and the impact of extreme heat. From the challenges of maintaining a proper diet on the road to the intense focus on aerodynamics during the time trial, there’s no shortage of factors that can […]

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Le Podium – Rest Day 1

Date: July 10, 2023

As the Tour de France reaches its midway point, the first rest day provides a much-needed break for the riders to recover and prepare for the next stretch of grueling stages. Dr. Kevin Sprouse and Patrick Morris break down the first 9 stages, major injuries to riders, massages, nutrition, and recovery. Hear from EF Education-Easy […]

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Le Podium: Prepping for the Tour

Date: June 26, 2023

What does it take to get riders ready for Tour de France? Dr. Kevin Sprouse takes us inside pre-tour camp at 8,000 meters. Learn the altitude considerations, nutritional and fitness requirements, and strategy testing that goes into getting riders ready for those first crucial days of the race. Hear from EF Education-Easy Post team members: – […]

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Le Podium: Tour de France Series Trailer

Date: June 12, 2023

It’s Tour de France season, and for the first time in a decade, our host Dr. Kevin Sprouse is not on location – instead, he’s dropping exclusive insights throughout the month of July right here on the Podium Podcast. Kicking off on July 1 with a conversation about all the work that goes into preparing […]

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2. Recovery versus Adaptation

Date: June 1, 2020

The concepts of “recovery” and “adaptation” are often confused by athletes and coaches alike.  Though not mutually exclusive, optimizing for one will often lead to a decline in the other.  In this episode, we talk about when to target recovery, when to aim for adaptation, and how to ensure you do this successfully.

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1. Daily Fueling Strategies

Date: June 1, 2020

As athletes, our daily activities often vary.  One day may involve a long aerobic workout.  Another may consist of high intensity intervals, or recovery, or travel.  A day sitting in your office will look different still.  Too frequently though, dietary intake does not change to support these varied activities.  On this episode we will discuss […]

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3. Creatine

Date: June 1, 2020

Many are familiar with creatine as a supplement used by bodybuilders and power athletes.  Recent research has shown that it may have benefit for endurance athletes and even for cognitive performance.

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4. Fasting

Date: June 1, 2020

Fasting has become mainstream.  Whether it’s longer fasts of days without food, or simply compressing your feeding window (known as Time Restricted Eating or “Intermittent Fasting”), everyone seems willing to give this a shot.  On this episode, we delve into the science behind fasting and whether it might be a useful tool to add to […]

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5. Ketosis and Ketones

Date: June 1, 2020

From a ketogenic diet to ketone supplements (aka “exogenous ketones”), we discuss where potential benefits and pitfalls lie with respect to health and performance.

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6. Interview with Dr. Allen Lim

Date: June 2, 2020

I had the pleasure of sitting down for a (remote) conversation with Dr. Allen Lim, renowned sports scientist and founder of Skratch Labs.  Allen is always one of my favorite people to talk to, as he’s such a wealth of knowledge and insight.  This conversation was recorded while maintaining our social distance at the height […]

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Season 2 Trailer

Date: September 8, 2020

Season 2 of The Podium is about to be launched!  In this season, we will address: – HRV (Heart Rate Variability) as a measure of recovery– Glucose metabolism for health and performance– Sleep– Caffeine as a performance aid We’ll also have two great interviews to share with you.  Six more episodes of The Podium are […]

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COVID Review and Update

Date: September 8, 2020

The amount of misinformation and politicized skewing of data has been both amazing and disheartening.  In this episode, I dig into the questions that I am most frequently asked by patients.  For some, there are answers.  For others, it is not black and white.  The goal is to step away from the political-year confusion and […]

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1. Heart Rate Variability (HRV)

Date: September 11, 2020

Heart Rate Variability (or “HRV”) is the metric which elite athletes are following daily to assess their recovery and plan their daily training.  The science around HRV dates back many decades, but only recently has this become something we can all easily measure.  Whether you are aiming to compete at the highest level or simply […]

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2. Glucose Metabolism for Health and Performance

Date: September 11, 2020

Glucose, or “blood sugar”, is a variable which can change significantly throughout our day.  Those kinetics are a major determinant of our health and of our athletic performance.  In this episode, we review the basics and talk about the most effective ways to measure and impact our blood glucose levels.

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3. Sleep Basics

Date: September 11, 2020

Sleep.  It seems so simple, but sleep is often an overlooked determinant of health and performance.  The recognition of this importance is growing, and for some, the pendulum may have even swung too far the other way.  In episode 3 of this season on The Podium, we dig into the science of sleep, how it […]

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4. Caffeine as a Performance Aid

Date: September 11, 2020

Caffeine is the most frequently consumed psycho-active substance in the world.  It has been studied for decades, and it’s benefit for sports performance is well-documented.  Even so, few understand the pros and cons of using caffeine for performance.  We’ll dig into the science and help you understand how your cup of coffee may positively impact […]

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5. Keeping the Pros Fit and Healthy

Date: September 11, 2020

While at the PGA’s Memorial Tournament in Dublin, OH, I got to sit down with two of the top trainers and physios in professional sports.  Adam Kerley, Nic Catterall, and I sat down with tacos and bourbon to talk through all aspects of high performance.  These two are a wealth of knowledge, and their insight […]

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6. Joe Gambino – Performance Physiology

Date: September 11, 2020

On this episode, I share with you a recording of the Par Four Performance podcast on which I was a guest.  I spoke with Joe Gambino, physical therapist in New York City, to discuss how the tenets of physiologic performance play out across multiple sports, from triathlon to golf.  Even if you are not a […]

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COVID, Athletes, and the Heart

Date: November 2, 2020

Dr. Aaron Baggish joins us to talk about the cardiac complications and evaluation of athletes who have had COVID.  Aaron is the Director of the Cardiac Performance Program at Massachusetts General Hospital, and is a globally-recognized expert on all aspects of sports cardiology.  The international guidelines around COVID and heart evaluations have been written and […]

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1. Morning Routines

Date: November 17, 2020

Morning Routines have become the subject of many articles and discussions in the popular media of late, and for good reason.  Having a routine can ensure that you start each day on the right foot.  However, such practices risk becoming overly complicated and counterproductive in some instances.  In this episode, we look at Morning Routines […]

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2. Overtraining

Date: November 17, 2020

The term “Overtraining” gets thrown around a lot, often inappropriately.  There seems to be a good deal of confusion around this issue and the associated physiologic processes.  In this episode, we dig into the continuum of Overtraining Syndrome (OTS)…Functional Overreaching, Non-Functional Overreaching, Overtraining.  What are the symptoms of each stage along this continuum?  How is […]

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3. Focus and Cognition

Date: November 17, 2020

Athletes rely on a sharp mind and disciplined focus in order to perform at their best.  These attributes are crucial to the execution of a game plan.  For those of us who don’t make a living competing in professional sports, these are also necessary tools.  We all benefit when our mind is clear and our […]

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4. Periodization

Date: November 17, 2020

No person can sustain a “pedal to the metal” pace of training for 52 weeks per year.  An effective training plan allows for times of increased load, as well as for recovery.  A given year or season must incorporate encouragement of varying physiologic processes, some of which should not be trained concurrently with others.  The […]

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5. Dr. Cheri Mah – Sleep and Performance

Date: November 17, 2020

Cheri Mah, MD, MS, is a world-renowned expert when it comes to the relationship between sleep and performance in elite athletes.  In addition to performing some of the most important research on this topic, Dr. Mah serves as the sleep expert for the Nike Performance Council.  She has worked with the Golden State Warriors, San […]

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6. Dr. Aaron Baggish – Exercise and Heart Health

Date: November 17, 2020

One of the most frequent questions I receive from patients is, “How much exercise is too much?”  We have all seen the stories or personally known someone who suffered a cardiac condition despite being extremely fit.  Yet, it is well established that exercise is ultimately good for the heart.  This raises the question of whether […]

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1. COVID Vaccines

Date: March 30, 2021

COVID has dominated our lives for the past year, and now there are vaccines which are becoming widely available in the US.  Many of my patients have had questions about the vaccines and whether they should be vaccinated.  In this podcast, Patrick and I discuss  thoughts on the vaccines and how individuals should approach this […]

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2. Antibiotics and Athletes

Date: April 2, 2021

This time of year, a large portion of our population ends up on antibiotics.  For those of us that are athletes or inclined to maintain a high level of activity, that can be detrimental.  Indeed, antibiotics can cause as many problems as they can cure. In the US, medical practitioners are notorious for prescribing antibiotics […]

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3. Continuous Glucose Monitor Use

Date: April 2, 2021

Continuous Glucose Monitoring (or CGM) is a tool that we use with all of our patients at Podium, most of whom are not diabetic.  This has proven to be a very powerful means of providing instant feedback into the body’s response to certain variables.  Food obviously plays a very important role in one’s glucose response […]

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4. Safe Supplement Use

Date: April 2, 2021

Supplement quality and safety is an area of considerable concern in our practice.  Due to the structure of laws in the US, there is very little oversight when it comes to supplement production.  In fact, it is probably the case that much (if not most) of the products on the market are worthless or even […]

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5. Bicarbonate for Athletic Performance

Date: April 2, 2021

Sodium bicarbonate ( or “bicarb”) is a well-researched and proven supplement when it comes to promoting athletic performance.   It is often used by the highest performing athletes, but there are barriers that keep others from trying this supplement.  Its safety is well established.  (Bicarb is just baking soda!)  However, ingesting bicarb can lead to […]

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6. Wearables – Current State of Technology

Date: April 2, 2021

We use numerous wearables and connected devices when working with our patients at Podium.  The science and technology in this space is rapidly evolving.  To dig into this evolution, I am joined by Chuck Hazzard.  Chuck is an entrepreneur and technology expert. He is currently working with Heads Up Health, the leading digital health analytics […]

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Listener Q&A

Date: October 11, 2021

Dr. Sprouse and Patrick sit down for our first ever listener Q&A episode!

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Winter Immunity

Date: February 21, 2022

This week on the pod, Dr. Sprouse and Patrick discuss tips for staying healthy during the winter months.

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Intuitive Eating with Caroline Burkholder

Date: October 10, 2022

This week on the Podium, Patrick sits down with Caroline Burkholder, MS, RD, LD for a conversation about intuitive eating. Caroline is the owner of Rooted Nutrition & Counseling and is a  registered dietitian nutritionist who provides non-diet nutrition counseling to individuals who struggle with eating disorders, disordered eating, and fueling for sport.  In this […]

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Fueling the Flow with Jackson Long

Date: January 23, 2023

For performance nutritionist and coach Jackson Long, nutrition is about more than counting carbs and calories; fueling allows us to “find the flow” and have fun.

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Testing Q&A

Date: March 20, 2023

There are dozens of tests available to help us better understand our own personal health and performance. With simple blood work, we can learn about everything from food sensitivity to biological age.  In this episode, Dr. Kevin Sprouse and Patrick Morris break down what exactly each test is for, and how you can determine what’s […]

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Surviving and Thriving in the Heat: A Guide for Endurance Athletes

Date: April 3, 2023

Get ready to sweat it out on the Podium. Dr. Kevin Sprouse and Patrick Morris dive into the hot topic of heat training in endurance sports, discussing everything from training in it and adapting to it, to cooling off effectively. Once athletes consider individual health conditions prior to heat training, it is possible to build […]

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Med Kits Unpacked: Essentials for Travel and Sport

Date: April 17, 2023

Whether cycling, traveling, or camping, unexpected injuries and health snags could come your way. In this episode, Dr. Kevin Sprouse and Patrick Morris break down the medical kit essentials for any adventure. Kevin shares what he travels with, whether alone, with his team, or venturing internationally – from trauma sheers to ketones – and recommends […]

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Mountain Biking Mastery with Christsonthy Drellos

Date: May 1, 2023

This week, we’re shifting gears and hitting the trails with Christsonthy Drellos, mountain biker, coach, and founder of Blue Sky MTB. Christsonthy’s mountain biking journey took off in 2014 on Vermont’s super technical terrain and she was hooked. Now, she shares her passion and expertise through training courses and lessons both at home and in […]

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Navigating Injury and Recovery

Date: May 15, 2023

Injury is an inevitable aspect of any athlete’s journey. But how does reaction impact recovery? In this episode of the Podium Podcast, hosts Patrick Morris and Dr. Kevin Sprouse discuss essential skills, mindsets, and approaches to handling setbacks and reframing injuries. Dr. Kevin Sprouse also highlights how he often sees athletes come back stronger after […]

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Choosing The Right Coach

Date: May 29, 2023

Want to take your athletic performance to the next level? Choosing the right coach can be a game changer. In this episode, host Patrick Morris dives into insider insights and expert tips on selecting the ideal coaching path. Joined by The Podium Podcast producer Anthony Palmer, Patrick covers everything you need to know about coaches […]

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