Chairman of the medical services advisory Board, Washington Nationals
Can you tell us what you do?
I rehab sports injuries for professional athletes, high level CEOs. I'm a consultant for a Major League Baseball team to set up proactive models to mitigate injuries, to offset injuries for our players
You had a very unique approach to doing this with the Major League Baseball team that you work with. Can you tell us a little bit about how you set up this program?
One of the things we set up this year was to be proactive in our injury treatment model. So, the injury treatment model we set up has various phases. Number one was biomechanics, number two was neurological strength phases, and number three, which was very important for us, was nutrition. So in the clubhouse we changed all our products to organics. We had each player tested for food allergies to see what foods they were consuming to offset inflammation.
I have treated over 1000 professional athletes and rely on Modus Nutrition for the nutritional support of my athletes.
Talk to me about inflammation and why that plays a role in rehabbing injuries.
When you have inflammation as a trainer, doctor or personnel, it's one of the co-factors that you're always trying to risk-mitigate against. So as a team, we want to bring down the inflammation markers so one of the things we checked was food allergy testing. Each player was tested and the players that had certain allergies to certain foods, we took those away because of schedules, the amount of performance and the amount of breakdown that athletes have or people have is, you're constantly trying to get optimum performance and bring down inflammation.
So, these athletes, they had food testing, were they aware that they had these allergies?
Most people that have allergies, unless you're extreme celiac or peanut allergy and you have this kit, they're not aware that they actually have the allergy itself until, most of the time, when you show them the allergies. They'll say, "I eat that all the time," and when they start to correlate food to the inflammation or how they feel, then they realize that they probably were allergic to it all the time.
What were a large percentage of the athletes allergic to?
A lot of the athletes that we had on our team were allergic to various things. Number one would either be gluten or dairy. Those are the two biggest ones that we saw. So this year in our kitchen, we created the dairy free section, the gluten free section, it's very prominent that we're trying to bring down those inflammatory markers.
How does that impact players with their protein intake and whey, one of the most popular forms of protein powder? Talk to me a little bit about that.
Whey, casein, or dairy products in general, if you're allergic to that, it's bringing up a thing called histamine reaction when you eat it. If you're allergic to it, you get this elevated inflammation within your body. Just think of it as like internal rusting. Your oxidation levels are going up. What Modus does, is a plant-based protein, it brings down all those inflammatory markers. It's what you want to do, bring down the inflammation. As a doctor, trainer, performance coach, or whatever, constantly teetering between inflammation and performance without injury. So if I get the inflammation part too high, the potential for injury goes up exponentially so we want to bring the inflammatory markers down. It's the body’s mechanism of telling you something is wrong.
If there's people walking around without having had allergy testing and they're consuming whey, what could this potentially be doing to their performance?
Their performance levels go down. They're constantly creating injury or inflammation that is unnecessary because what they're consuming is affecting their performance levels.
I was in the NFL for a long time. Every NFL player will tell you this, everybody's in pain, it's just how much pain. Every player will tell you that. Every athlete will tell you that. When they go to the end of the season, we're all sore. We're all tired. It's just how sore and how tired we are. So we use it as a competitive advantage. We knew that if we changed all the inflammatory markers and what they were consuming, that in long term, their performance levels would go up.