Tucker CarlsonI mentioned last week that I got to meet Lou Holtz at a surgery conference in Chicago last week. I also got to meet and listen to Tucker Carlson. He is a political commentator and host of Fox and Friends on the weekends. In a meet and greet session, he shared his views of the current political election. Judging by the fiery comments and questions from seemingly rational people, it could be one turbulent election season.

Now let’s get to this week’s books and articles!

Book I read this week: Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. I learned a lot from this book. Duhigg reinforces the concepts with very interesting stories: how Disney’s Frozen team completely reworked the movie after the first version was hated by focus groups, how a woman and relatively new poker player won one of the largest poker tournaments, the FBI using big data to capture criminals and many more. His summary of the concepts and how he applied them to his personal work at the end is great as well. Check it out!

Book I’m reading next week: An Encyclopedia of Claims, Frauds, and Hoaxes of the Occult and Supernatural by James Randi. It’s a bit of a change of pace for me, but I’m reading it for a reason. It should be fun!

Sports Medicine
Do you think this trend is indicative of a long-term decrease? Tommy John Surgeries Are Down, And Nobody Quite Knows Why by Rob Arthur and Ben Lindbergh in FiveThirtyEight.com

A different approach to shoulder and elbow injury prevention: Data From Legs Aims To Aid Pitchers’ Arms by Ben Badler in BaseballAmerica.com

Would incentives at work encourage you to get more physical activity? What incentives work best to get a team to exercise more? in Medical News Today

This is bad news for me. I have to get more sleep at night. How about you? Ask Well: Can Naps Make Up for Sleep Deficits? by Karen Weintraub in The New York Times

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We are seeing more shoulder problems in young athletes: Trends in the Presentation, Management, and Outcomes of Little League Shoulder by Benton E. Heyworth, Dennis E. Kramer, Daniel J. Martin, Lyle J. Micheli, Mininder S. Kocher, and Donald S. Bae in The American Journal of Sports Medicine

The two drinks a kid needs: Smart Sips for Healthy Kids by Regina Boyle Wheeler in WebMD

Social Media and Communication
I use a few of these. Do you use any of these Facebook features? 10 terrific Facebook features that marketers might be overlooking by Jim Dougherty in Ragan

If you are considering starting a podcast or you do one now, you should read these tips: The Ten Secrets Of Podcasting (and what I’ve learned) by James Altucher in JamesAltucher.com

Did you like one of these articles or books? Do you have any others to share? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

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