The Sports Doctor, July 11, 2018
Bob Gajda, former Mr. America, National Fitness Hall of Fame, & Sports Therapist to champions returns along with Melissa Walden, Licensed Psychotherapist & eating disorders specialist. Then it’s 'The Sports Doctors In' & your emails!
For over 25 years, Bob Gajda, executive director of the Health Plus Network, has been helping athletes from all sports recover from injuries and enhance their performance. Bob has personally trained a Who’s Who list of top professional athletes, including greats like Jom McMahon, Gary Fencik, Mike Singletary, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Tracey Austin, to name a few, as well as worked with many college, Olympic, and professional teams like the 1984 and 1988 U.S. Men’s Olympic Championship Volleyball Team, Chicago Sting World Champion Soccer Team, Chicago Blackhawks, and the Harvard University tennis team. Bob holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physiology, Master’s in Exercise Physiology (both from George William’s College), and a Ph.D. in biomechanics (dissertation pending) from the University of Illinois. Bob is also a registered kinesiotherapist and is vice co-chairperson of the Chicagoland Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Health.
Bob’s athletic achievements include Triple Crown Winner: Mr. America, Mr. USA, and Mr. Universe. Bob is the author of Power Tennis and co-author of Total Body Training and the sequel, Total Body Training II, and is highly regarded as a public speaker. He is also the inventor of innovative exercise equipment.
To be honest, Bob is one of the Hausers’ “aces in the hole” as the two of them often work on complex cases together. This includes not only helping people with sports injuries, but also rheumatologic diseases, strokes, multiple sclerosis, severe arthritis, and a host of other degenerative diseases. Bob has a tremendous knowledge of anatomy. By athletes going on his program, sports performance is enhanced tremendously. It is further enhanced by the nutritional therapies and Prolotherapy done under the supervision of Dr. Hauser. Bob understands when Prolotherapy is needed in his clients. Many athletes have benefited from this combination approach to their sports injuries.
Melissa Walden is a psychotherapist in private practice in Madison, WI, and is the co-founder of the Eating Disorder Support Network. She has a master’s degree in mental health counseling, is a licensed professional counselor through the state of Wisconsin, and is a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. Ms. Walden has worked at the inpatient, residential, partial, and now outpatient levels of care. These experiences have given her the opportunities to treat some of the most challenging and enduring eating disorders throughout all stages of the recovery process. Balanced eating, fostering a positive body image, promoting a culture that appreciates all body types, and finding one’s identity outside of their appearance and/or abilities are just a few of the topics she works on with patients and families in her practice.
Ms. Walden has always enjoyed and has been motivated by sports and competition. She was a swimmer, gymnast and competitive cheerleader in high school and college. She has experienced the highs and lows of competing at elite levels and believes that athletic goals are only reached when one is physically and emotionally healthy. When she is not treating eating disorders, she is the number one fan of her three children who are active in synchronized and individual figure skating, football, downhill skiing, and baseball.
The Sports Doctor is in! Dr. Robert A Weil, Sports Podiatrist, specializes in orthotics that improve alignment, stability, balance & performance. He has practiced podiatry & sports medicine for over 30 years in the Aurora- Naperville area and was recently inducted into the prestigious 2019 National Fitness Hall Of Fame. Dr. Bob has treated many of the world’s premier athletes from all types of sports. He is the host of “The Sports Doctor™” Radio Show. The show is now featured on BBS Radio Network, UK Health Radio Network & Sports 4 Fanz Radio. Dr. Bob was formerly on HealthyLife Radio and was also on WDCB public radio in Chicago for over 20 years. He has written articles for many newspapers & magazines and is a frequent guest on other networks. And his new book, co-written with Sharkie Zartman, titled '#Hey Sports Parents! An Essential Guide for Any Parent with a Child in Sports' - is now available on Amazon!
Join the Sports Doctor and his great guests for important topical information for injury free exercise, wellness and sports performance for both adults and kids. Frequent topics include, the role of the foot in sports, all aspects of sports medicine including, proper sports shoes, youth safety, health, wellness, and sports performance for both adults and children.