The Adaptive Training Foundation: A Conversation with David Vobora

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As sports medicine professionals, we interact with athletes at all levels. I was one of a handful of sports medicine physicians who started from a pediatric background and work with an NFL team as one of their team physicians. It was a part of my career I won’t ever forget, and no question gave me additional ‘street cred’, so to speak, in the sports medicine world. But for me it wasn’t about being in the locker room with some truly remarkable athletes. It was meeting some truly incredible human beings. Most people look to professional athletes as idols, as people above and beyond the rest of us. Even though I’ve been around many pro athletes, I have a few of those that if I met would be super nervous – my favorite player of all time, Ryne Sandberg, who I did have the honor to meet, was one of those. But they are also just human, fallible, and broken people as all of us are, and although some enjoy the glory and the fame, it can be a burden as well. It can lead to pressure to perform and can lead to some dark places. My guest today is an athlete I met when he was a player for the St Louis Rams, who had some low points, but like a Phoenix, rose from that low place to truly become an inspiration to others, including me. I’m honored to have him on the podcast today to share his story and some of the remarkable work he is doing.

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Dr. Mark Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. He stayed at the University of Wisconsin for his pediatric residency, followed by a year as the chief resident. Following residency, he completed a pediatric and adult sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University. He has been an elected member to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness and the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM). He has served as a team physician or medical consultant to numerous high schools, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Washington University, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, St. Louis Athletica, and St. Louis Rams. He serves and has served on many local, regional and national committees as an advisor for sports medicine and concussions. Dr. Halstead is a national recognized expert in sport-related concussions and pediatric sports medicine.

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David Vobora - A Guest on The Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast with Dr. Mark HalsteadDavid Vobora:

David Vobora played college football for the Idaho Vandals and was selected by the St Louis Rams with the final pick of the 2008 NFL Draft, giving him the title of Mr. Irrelevant. He became the first Mr. Irrelevant in the 2000’s to start a game in his rookie season. He played 3 seasons with the Rams and then played for part of the 2011 season with the Seattle Seahawks. After retiring from the NFL, he opened a sports performance training center in Dallas called the Performance Vault and in 2014, founded the Adaptive Training Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on providing free personalized training programs for injured veterans and those with disabilities.

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