150 episodes

The Tri Doc is a physician on a mission; to dispel all the false notions about injuries, training aids and pseudoscience that permeates the triathlon community. This podcast takes a fresh look at how to train and race for a triathlon while being smart about choices related to gear, nutrition and anything that goes in or on your body.

The TriDoc Podcast, triathlon and health in one place Dr. Jeff Sankoff

    • Health & Fitness
    • 4.8 • 32 Ratings

The Tri Doc is a physician on a mission; to dispel all the false notions about injuries, training aids and pseudoscience that permeates the triathlon community. This podcast takes a fresh look at how to train and race for a triathlon while being smart about choices related to gear, nutrition and anything that goes in or on your body.

    Ep: 149: Biomechanics and running Economy/Mark Cullen

    Ep: 149: Biomechanics and running Economy/Mark Cullen

    In this episode:
    How much do biomechanics influence running economy and is this something that coaches and athletes should work on improving? New research sheds some light and reveals some surprising answers to this questions. Mark Cullen is a successful age group triathlete a coach and one half of the co-hosting duo of the Endurance Icons podcast. He talks to me about all of this and along with the balancing act of being both the husband and the coach of a professional triathlete.
    Segments:
    [7:17]- Medical Mailbag: Biomechanics and running economy
    [36:14]- Interview: Mark Cullen
    Links
    @Markcullen_coach on Instagram
    Endurance Icons on Apple Podcasts
    Use the Garmin metronome function: Video

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep 148: Antihistamines and performance/Jonathan Su and the 6-minute cure for knee pain

    Ep 148: Antihistamines and performance/Jonathan Su and the 6-minute cure for knee pain

    In this episode:
    During allergy season many use antihistamine medications as a means of controlling their symptoms. Emerging evidence suggests that there may be a cost to this practice in the form of decreased endurance performance. On the Medical Mailbag we look at the evidence. Jonathan Su is a long time physical therapist who has written a book that he promises can be a 6-minute solution to knee pain. We discuss his book and the methods that he describes within it.
    Segments:
    [12:22]- Medical Mailbag: Antihistamines
    [36:57]- Interview: Jonathan Su
    Links
    Jonathan's Website
    6-Minute Knee Pain Cure on Amazon

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Ep 147: Can ginseng make you faster?/Dr. Jim Taylor PhD

    Ep 147: Can ginseng make you faster?/Dr. Jim Taylor PhD

    In this episode:
    Ginseng is a root purported to have myriad beneficial properties making its use widespread in Chinese medicine and across the far east. Recently, a listener asked if this traditional remedy might also have benefits for athletes? On the Medical Mailbag, we dig in to the evidence for and against. Dr. Jim Taylor is a PhD in psychology and has worked with many professional and high level age group triathletes. He believes that training the mind is as important as training the body and he thinks that there are ways to leverage psychology to extract mental marginal gains that add up to improvements in performance. He tells me all about it in our conversation.
    Segments:
    [12:42]- Medical Mailbag: Can Ginseng make you faster?
    [34:51]- Interview: Dr. Jim Taylor
    Links
    Dr. Jim's Facebook page
    @DrJimTaylor on Instagram
    @DrJimTaylor on Twitter
    Dr. Jim's Website
    Dr. Jim on YouTube

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Ep 146: Strength training to improve endurance performance?/Couples' therapist Kayla Crane

    Ep 146: Strength training to improve endurance performance?/Couples' therapist Kayla Crane

    In this episode:
    Strength training is advocated for by coaches all the time in order to mitigate injury and improve endurance performance but finding scientific evidence to support these claims has been difficult. A new study gives some insight on the performance aspect and we look at it in the Medical Mailbag. Triathletes can take their selfish pursuit to extremes and put their relationships at risk. Couples' therapist Dr. Kayla Crane speaks with me to help us understand how to get ahead of those kinds of problems and make sure that your pursuit of happiness in multisport does not run afoul of your partner's pursuit of happiness on the home front.
    Segments:
    [13:35]- Medical Mailbag: Strength to improve running performance?
    [40:33]- Interview: Kayla Crane
    Links
    Kayla's Facebook page
    @southdenvertherapy on Instagram
    Kayla's Website

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Ep 145: Pneumatic Compression Boots revisited/Dorien Morin Van Dam

    Ep 145: Pneumatic Compression Boots revisited/Dorien Morin Van Dam

    In this episode:
    I first looked at pneumatic compression boots back in episode 3 in 2019. Has there been any research published since then to suggest that my original recommendation has changed? We look at new research in this episode's Medical Mailbag. Plus, an interview with busy entrepreneur, mom and podcaster Doien Morin Van Dam. Her ability to keep many balls in the air and be a success in running makes for a great story and one that we can all learn from.
    Segments:
    [08:21]- Medical Mailbag: Pneumatic Compression Boots
    [28:34]- Interview: Dorien Morin-van Dam
    Links
    Dorien's Facebook page
    @moreinmedia on Instagram
    @moreinmedia on Twitter
    Dorien's Website
    Dorien on YouTube

    • 59 min
    Ep 144: Mortal Hydration/Tyler Pedersen

    Ep 144: Mortal Hydration/Tyler Pedersen

    In this episode:
    Gatorade Endurance is being replaced by Mortal Hydration on IM and 70.3 courses in North America this year. What does that mean for athletes who rely on products provided at aid stations for fueling and hydration? We look at this question in the Medical Mailbag along with special guest Alex Larson. Plus, a conversation with Tyler Pedersen. From college football player to overweight near alcoholic, Tyler found himself in multi-sport. Hear how he has used triathlon to rediscover his purpose.
    Segments:
    [09:37]- Medical Mailbag: Mortal Hydration
    [38:15]- Interview: E. Tyler Pedersen
    Links
    @alexlarsonnutrition on Instagram
    Alex 's Website
    @e.tylerpedersen on Instagram
    E. Tyler 's Facebook page

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
32 Ratings

32 Ratings

EyeTri 08 ,

An unbiased assessment

Jeff does an excellent job of collecting the data and reviewing the products/supplements/strategies available that claim to help make us better triathletes in an unbiased manner. I have saved a lot of money by NOT purchasing some of these items I see my favorite pro triathletes endorsing even though they looked enticing. At this point, he has nearly 150 episodes to help guide you to be your best. Never thought I’d be supplementing with Spirulina a year ago. Thanks Jeff!

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Dr. Lund

Excellent discussion that helped me understand what my 50-year marathoner wife is facing and with menopause.

Dr. Lund’s first name is Kirsten not Kristen as Jeff continued to call her though!

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High quality information

Very helpful in understanding some complicated topics in an easy to digest format.

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