Lindsey mentioned moving to DC and that is where she is practicing medicine so we asked our Gamer Doc about her field of medicine. She revealed:
“One of my issues with medicine that I have always had trouble with and one that I still have, is our focus on treatment rather than prevention. I think that physicians especially have a tendency, we don’t have a lot of time, we have 15 or 20 minutes per insurance to see a patient. They say what are your current problems and how can we help you fix them.And that tends to to be what people want. They want their current problems fixed. But what I have always been interested in is what problems will you get into down the road and how can we address them. These are your current issues but what can happen down the road because of these certain issues. Prevention has always been a huge personal love of mine, and with PM and R (Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation) what we basically are non-surgical sports medicine doctors. So we don’t operate, we only do injections and are experts in the body in the muscular skeletal system. The muscles, the tendons, the nerves add the bones and how those things result in pathology and how those things result in good physiology.”
She added “So someone comes in with knee pain and whether or not they’re 20 or they”re 70 there are certain things that someone can do. The first thing is lifestyle modification. You can do things like weight loss, you can do things like quadricep training, stretching, strengthening and you could also do surgery. But for me the surgery is not something that I do, so I try to exhaust all the other options first. Typically what we do is just to try and return people’s functioning back to normal in the least invasive way possible.A lot of my colleagues go on to become pain specialists or sports medicine doctors but but a few of us should stay in this field and do more of a muscular skeletal practice. It’s very exciting and it has some of the highest job satisfaction Of any specialty.The specialty was born after one of the world wars to treat soldiers returning from war with brain injuries and amputations. Some people still do that in the field. We treat A lot of patients who have amputations or traumatic brain injuries, and children who have neurological conditions. I teach a lot of people how to walk, whether they’re five or seventy-five, helping them regain that function regardless of what the original injury was.”
Cetacean Nation thinks medical professionals are everyday heroes, especially in times of crisis like this. We asked Lindsey if she had any favorite inspirational quote related to her career. She shared:
“One of the early founders of medicine in the United States said something like I never want to be a cat who walks so quietly that you don’t create a sound That’s not the verbatim quote, I’ll have to look it up, but I never want to walk through the world so quietly that I haven’t made an impact. I think there is a lot of good to do and we need a lot of strong well intentioned voices.Ad that is one of the basic tenets of how I operate. I have been given a lot of gifts in life, I’ve been lucky enough to be born in a developed country, to two parents who have given nothing but support and love to me. I’ve been lucky enough to have good health my whole life so I think that those are privileges that I have that I should use to help other people So, I’m trying to make some ripples.“ Mission axomplished, we’d say!
Given her unique perspective, we were interested in what Lindsey saw in the league and why the NWHL is so important.
“I see another path to equality. I see the best players in the world playing their sport. I I also see a lot of advocacy. The NWHL is important for a lot of reasons. I have always been involved in gender equity research. Ever since high school I’ve been doing things to work towards making the world a more equal,place for everyone. In the fact what’s going on in the media right now with the soccer team and that kind of issue, has always been something I’ve been really, really passionate about. But the first thing is, the real reason, is that these women are excellent hockey players. Why would we not have a professional league for both men and women? I think that is why the NWHL is most important. I know some people will try to make it just an advocacy thing or an equality thing, but these are the best women in the world and watching them play hockey is extremely entertaining. And I want to watch them play hockey! That’s reason #1! And the fact that there still are barriers happening is the second reason why the league is important . The fact that people still wonder why we have a League, that people are still getting in the way of having a League, is the second reason to have the League. Having a women’s professional hockey league isn’t a question, it shouldn’t be a question, it should just be a reality. If you watch Fratty play, if you watch Packer play, this is what they are meant to be doing. This is what they were born for, this is what they've been working their whole lives for. This is what Dempsey has been grinding out her whole life for, And I think that if there is a barrier to the best athletes in the world playing their sport, then we have to break down that barrier and get them playing. That was kind of a roundabout answer, but questions like that are hard because there are so many good answers,and you start to think: I can’t express all of them.”
And what are your specific observations on our Pod, we asked.
“I think I expressed some of this on the show, but I’m am so impressed with the final weekend play of the Whale. I know it hasn’t been your best year, but I think that in light of all of that, the performance that everyone put on this weekend makes it even more impressive. My college basketball team went 4-16 my sophomore year, and I know how hard it is to lose, and I know how much harder it is to play in that next game when you have that kind of record behind you. The performance they put on Friday against the Beauts was one of the best games I’ve watched this season. I mean, the passing was just so precise! But what really struck me was the tenacity.. You could tell how much they wanted it. You could tell they didn’t care about what happened in the season and they didn’t care if they were the underdog, they were going to win that game. And then going into Sunday against the Pride, I mean 2-1 going into the third period, that is just incredibly amazing, that performance. The Prode is just a phenomenal, dominant team right now, so holding them to just two goals and then gertting that shot in past Lovisa was just outstanding. I have nothing but respect for the Whale, and they have a special,place in my heart. Also, I love Lando! She is just great! There are certain guests I off the air with and I’m just so hyped up I just have to send them an email right after. Like, OMG, you are the best! And Amber was very close with Lando (they were teammates on the Riveters Sezson One) so she was very excited about her being on the show as well. But I learned for myself how much of a class act she is and just how kind and genuine she is as a human. So gotta love the Whale, I can’t wait to see them again, and I wish there were more games now so we could see what that momentum from last weekend would look like moving forward.” Fins Up to all that!
We couldn’t let the Gamer Doc go without getting her input on a couple of our amazing NWHL partners, Dunkin’ Donuts and Chipwich. She enthusiastically offered:
“Duncan recently got green tea macha lattes, and I’m all about that green tea life, so I am so pumped. And also I am vegetarian, and they’ve got the plant based patties now. So give me a green tea matcha latte and a plant based breakfast sandwich and I am a happy camper. And Chipwich, wow! So let me also just tell you, as I said I’m getting married in June.So I’ve been on a pretty restrictive diet, and that was the first processed sugar I have had since December and I think one of the reasons I accepted that challenge, besides it being a good cause, was so that I could eat that sugar. So can you just take the regular Chipwich and then sandwich it between two peanut butter Chipwiches? And then I”ll take that! The challenge Lindsey referred to of course was the Chipwich Challenge, and fortunately video exists of her all-in nWHL Dnparticipation, check it out: https://twitter.com/gamerdoc_/status/1238112606830936065?s=21
Lindsay concluded our chat by offering a few words to the fans “To the NWHL and the players, and the fans who tune in, this has been just such a really wonderful opportunity. And I’m just thankful to be the one who is in the thick of things. It’s just so entertaining, I love hearing people’s stories, the fans stories, I love everything about it, it has trusty been a wonderful experience and I want to thank everyone for the opportunity. We are going to be continuing Open Ice until April as of now, not necessarily during the off-season, but maybe next year. But I will definitely be back in October!”
And so we think, will even more Whale and NWHL fans! We appreciate the amazing Dr. Lindsey Migliore,The Gamer Doc, for taking the time and sharing these stories with us. So to the beat of Heartless, by Diplo (her pump up song before going on air) Cetacean Nation offers Lindsey thanks and big Fins Up!
Note: You can watch the Gamer Doc talking esports and much more, other show year round on Wednesday’s at 8:00 EST at Twitch.tv/gamerdoc.