The Podium

The Podium

Welcome to The Podium, a production of Podium Sports Medicine. This discussion 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.


May 29, 2023 46 mins

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 - including the different types, the pros and cons of all-in-one programs, and the importa...

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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 an injury or time away; he says the key factor is introspect...

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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 Knoxville.

In this episode, Patrick Morris and Christson...

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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 his favorite med kits.

Patrick and Kevin break down the differe...

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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 capacity in the heat within your training cycle. Dr. Sprouse and Patrick cover the technology, t...

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March 20, 2023 70 mins

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 right for you. Plus, how can we decipher the data to inform nutrition, performance, and overall...

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Acclaimed WorldTour cycling nutritionist behind historic Olympic gold medals and multiple Grand Tour wins, and the author of the best-selling The Plant-Based Cyclist, Nigel Mitchell is paving the way for plant-based nutrition in world class sports.  He leverages his clinical background to create nutrition strategies that give athletes an edge in performance.

In this episode, Nigel sits down with Dr. Kevin Sprouse for a dee...

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With performance data readily available at every turn, coach and professional cyclist Carson Beckett focuses on getting back to basics through daily counseling and building a relationship with metrics.

After years of racing around the globe, Carson now works as a professional coach in Brevard, North Carolina and supports Dirt Camp Racing as a coach and pro rider.

This week on the show, Carson and Patrick discuss ...

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Aside from the technical aspects of performance data, the creative, human element has made Robby Ketchell the “secret weapon” on teams like Garmin-Sharp Pro Cycling, and Team Sky, who he supported through three Tour de France titles. From engineering technologies like the BAT box and Platypus, to playing a critical role in creating the formation for the INEOS 1:59 Performance Team, Robby has worked at the forefront of sports techno...

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January 23, 2023 61 mins

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. 

Years of experience in cycling, skiing, and trail running led Jackson to create In The Flow, a coaching company that helps endurance athletes mindfully optimize training and nutrition. He’s also the host of
In The Flow podcast exploring the intersections between...

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Happy New Year! Many of us are setting goals and reevaluating personal routines as we move into 2023. So what better way to start than with a conversation about creating a framework for achieving fitness and health with our friend Adam Kerley.

Adam is a physical therapist, athletic trainer, and certified strength and conditioning specialist who has worked with collegiate and professional athletes across multiple sports.  W...

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This week on The Podium,  Dr. Brian Zuleger joined Patrick for a conversation about mental performance and training. Dr. Zuleger is a Certified Mental Performance Coach at Arete Performance and an Applied Sport Psychology Professor at Adams State University. As you will hear in the episode, Dr. Zuleger is also one of Patrick's professors for his Master's program.  

In this episode, 
Patrick and Dr. Zuleger discus...

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This week on The Podium, Dr. Sprouse and Patrick are joined by 3 x PGA Tour winner and long-time Podium patient Scott Stallings.

In this episode,
Dr. Sprouse, Scott, and Patrick discuss the following:
-Scott's travel schedule and travel routine
-why golf is more of an endurance sport than many think
-Scott's athletic history and some thoughts on kids specializing in sports too early
-what some ...

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This week on The Podium, Dr. Sprouse is joined by Colby Pearce. Colby is a former professional & Olympic cyclist (2004), a bike fitter, and is self-proclaimed as “the world’s biggest bike dork” after spending most of his life in cycling.

In this episode, Dr. Sprouse and Colby discuss:
-how his time racing on the track and in the TT influenced his career in bike fitting
-why balancing our movement matters so mu...

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October 10, 2022 44 mins

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 episode,
Patrick and Caroline discuss:

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September 26, 2022 51 mins

It is Dr. Sprouse's turn in the hot seat this week on the pod! In this episode, Patrick interviews Kevin for a special "get to know Dr. Sprouse" episode.

In this episode
Patrick and Dr. Sprouse discuss:
-Kevin's time in sports growing up
-his journey through school and exploration of interests
-why he chose a career in medicine
-how he got started working in professional cycling wit...

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September 12, 2022 31 mins

As we kick off our new pod format, we wanted to "reintroduce" Dr. Sprouse and Patrick to the listeners, and Patrick is up first!

Dr. Sprouse dives deep with Patrick. In this episode, we learn:
-how Patrick ended up at the University of Tennessee
-how his time in athletics growing up shaped him
-how his experiences in school lead him to the endurance sports world
-about his current work to rece...

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September 7, 2022 1 min

The Podium Podcast is back,  but this time not with a new season, instead we have a brand new release schedule - or as Patrick says, "welcome to a new version of the Podium!"

The pod will now be dropping a new episode every other Monday. You can expect to hear conversations hosted by just Patrick, conversations hosted by just Dr. Sprouse, more Q&A, and of course,  episodes that Dr. Sprouse and Patrick host to...

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August 15, 2022 45 mins

This week on The Podium, we wrap up Season 7 with another Q&A episode featuring Dr. Sprouse and Patrick.

Dr. Sprouse shot from the hip on the questions for this episode as Patrick asked him questions you had sent in throughout the season and a few he came up with.  Topics covered include:
-Sodium/Magnesium Status in Blood Panels
-How Quickly Cortisol Reacts from a Measurable Standpoint
-Sleep Deprivation ...

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