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.
After retiring from pro cycling in 2017, Andrew Talansky moved into the realm of triathlons, attacking Ironman events with the same tenacity that marked his cycling career. Now, Andrew’s athletic background informs his coaching style with Talansky Performance Group. In this conversation with host Dr. Kevin Sprouse, Andrew shares his experience racing in the iconic […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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: – […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine hosted this panel discussion looking at science’s impact on cycling and training over the past 25 years.
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 […]
This week on The Podium, Dr. Brian Zuleger joins Patrick for a conversation about mental performance and training.
In this episode, Robby Ketchell sits down with Dr. Kevin Sprouse to share stories from the road.
Acclaimed WorldTour cycling nutritionist Nigel Mitchell joins Dr. Sprouse this week on the Podium.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]