Meet Our Experts
InjuReplay is brought to you by medical professionals who love sports and want to provide accurate information about sports injuries and the recovery prognosis. While every injury case has unique considerations, InjuReplay is designed to give weekend warriors, soccer moms and fantasy sports enthusiasts solid information about injury and recovery. The information provided on this website should not be used in place of seeing your doctor for an accurate assessment of an injury.
Rob Rhodes, M.D., FAAFP
InjuReplay was founded by Dr. Rob Rhodes. Dr. Rhodes has been a family physician in Lincoln, Nebraska since 1997. He is currently Medical Director of Business Development at The Physician Network, the primary care physician for the Lincoln Saltdogs and is in private practice at Southwest Family Health.
As a middle linebacker for the University of South Dakota Coyotes, Dr. Rhodes jokes that he earned more scars than letters. Two knee surgeries ended his collegiate athletic career, but Dr. Rhodes has never gotten far from the field. He serves as a volunteer team physician for the University of Nebraska Athletic Department and the Lincoln Marathon. Dr. Rhodes is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Rhodes is Founder and President Emeritus of the Board of Clinic with a Heart, a faith-based non-profit organization that provides free urgent short-term medical services to the homeless and under-insured. He was named the Nebraska Medical Association‘s Young Physician of the Year in 2000, and he will be the State President of the Nebraska Medical Association in 2017-2018.
Christopher Kent, M.D.
Dr. Christopher Kent, a contributor to InjuReplay, is a neurosurgeon with Florida Brain and Spine Surgery Associates at The Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Kent served as a staff neurosurgeon at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and also practiced in Nebraska.
Dr. Kent wrestled in high school and was a member of Colgate University rugby team. Today, he is an active weightlifter, cross-trainer, runner and swimmer. Dr. Kent is an invited lecturer with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons oral board review course and the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. He is particularly interested in head and spine trauma and looks forward to sharing insights and information with the InjuReplay audience.
Jeff Booher, PT, MPT, ATC
Jeff Booher is a licensed physical therapist and certified athletic trainer and is owner of Peak Physical Therapy and Sports Performance. He has worked with and helped many of the top athletes from all of the major sports. He served as a physical therapist and athletic trainer for the PGA Tour and Senior PGA Tour for over six years and has covered over 175 PGA Tour events world-wide including the Masters, U.S. Open, PGA Championship and the President’s Cup. Jeff has also worked with professional athletes from many sports including professional baseball, basketball, football, tennis and motocross/BMX.
Jeff has been a contributing editor and written articles for Golf Magazine, Golf Digest, Senior Golfer, the Wall Street Journal and USA Today. In addition, he wrote the chapter on golf in the Team Physician’s Handbook, 3rd edition. Jeff also conducts continuing education seminars for healthcare professionals and has been a speaker at numerous physical therapy and athletic training conventions.
As a former athlete, Jeff was a collegiate Academic All-American in basketball at South Dakota State University. Along with still holding many collegiate records and titles, he was also a high school All-American in both football and basketball.
David Clare, M.D.
Dr. Dave Clare joined Nebraska Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine in 1999. Born and raised in Lincoln, Dr. Clare completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he was a member of the Cornhusker football team. He also attended and played football at Nebraska Wesleyan. He received his medical degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center. His residency was done at the University of Texas Health Science Center followed by a Fellowship in Sports Medicine and Adult Reconstruction.
Dr. Clare’s experience as a collegiate athlete complements his sports medicine fellowship training; and his fellowship in adult reconstruction and total joint replacements, enables him to care for a large spectrum of patients—from young athletic individuals to the more mature individual affected by conditions from advanced years. He is one of the team physicians for the University of Nebraska as well as a team physician for Peru State College and Lincoln Southwest and Lincoln East High Schools.
Dr. Clare is married and has two sons. When time allows, he enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, exercise, and attending his son’s sports activities.
James Garrick, M.D.
James Garrick, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon and the founder and director of the Center for Sports Medicine in San Francisco, California. He also founded the sports medicine division at the University of Washington and is a founding and former board member of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine. Garrick is a clinical professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, and serves on the editorial board of several journals. He is co-author of "Sports Injuries: Diagnosis and Management" and "Anybody's Sports Medicine Book.”
Phil Jacobs, M.D.
Dr. Jacobs is a graduate of The University of Nebraska at Omaha where he received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology. He received his medical degree from The University of Nebraska Medical School in Omaha.
Dr. Jacobs completed his residency at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. He completed fellowships in sports medicine and shoulders at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Jacobs is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Dr. Jacobs has a special interest in sports injuries, total knee replacement, total shoulder replacement, reverse shoulder replacement, and arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder.
Dr. Jacobs has been listed in Texas Super Doctors® for the past 7 consecutive years and was named to SA Scene’s list of SA Doctors: Best of 2015.
Charlie Burt, M.D.
A Nebraska native, Dr. Burt obtained his Doctorate of Medicine with distinction from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine. He completed post-graduate training with a sports medicine fellowship at North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Center in Australia following an orthopaedic residency and general internship with the Creighton-Nebraska Universities Health Foundation.
As a former collegiate basketball player, Dr. Burt enjoys staying active in the athletic community. Throughout his career, he has served as head team physician for the Omaha Nighthawks UFL football team, Millard North High School and Skutt Catholic High School, as well as a member of the Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital, Jennie Edmundson and The Nebraska Medical Center sports medicine teams.
Dr. Burt is also a founding member of the Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital physician ownership group and remains on the board as chairman and finance committee member. Today, his practice is focused on knee and shoulder surgery, and he has a particular interest in hip arthroscopy and hip preservation.
Jack Ransone PhD, ATC, FACSM
Jack Ransone PhD, ATC, FACSM was named the director of the Nebraska Athletic Performance Laboratory (NAPL) in October of 2015. Dr. Ransone directs a lab that allows researchers space to conduct advanced research on everything from the biomechanics of elite athletes to athletic and nutrition supplements to biomarkers that measure saliva and recovery time to cardiovascular research to athletic equipment issues such as helmet and footwear design. The research allows for innovative solutions that benefit athletes in terms of their safety and athletic performance.
Dr. Ransone came to Nebraska from Texas State University, where he served as a professor and the Director of Athletic Training since 2003. Dr. Ransone has over 25 publications, $1.5 million in external grant funding, an educational text, four patents, 100+ national/international presentations and national awards including the highly prestigious “Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer” by the National Athletic Trainers Association. Recently, Dr. Ransone also was the coordinator of medical systems for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs from May of 2010 to December of 2014.
Dr. Ransone’s other stops in collegiate athletics include: Oklahoma State University, San Jose State and Adams State College. He has also served as an athletic trainer for the 2016 IAAF World Challenge (Kingston Jamaica), 2015 World Cross Country Championships (Guiyang China), 2013 Continental Cup (Marrakech Morocco), 2012 Olympic Games (London England), World Outdoor Track and Field Championships (Deagu Korea), 2008 Olympic Games (Beijing China), 2004 Olympic Games (Athens Greece), the 2003 Pan American Games (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), 2002 U.S. National Wrestling Teams Tour of Europe (Nyiregyhaza Hungary and Faenza Italy), the 2001 World Indoor Track & Field Championships (Lisbon Portugal) and 2000 U.S. National Wrestling Teams Olympic Qualifier (Claremont France).
Blake Lawrence is the CEO and co-founder of opendorse, a sports marketing platform that connects marketers with athletes to build social media campaigns. The team of 20 at opendorse has built a network of over 3,500 professional athletes worldwide, helping top-tier brands like Gillette, Allstate, USAA, and Tide and sports properties like the NFLPA, Boston Celtics, Nebraska Athletics, and WTA engage sports fans online. Prior to opendorse, Blake co-founded Hurrdat, a social media agency, in Lincoln, Nebraska. Over four years, Hurrdat grew from two to twenty-five employees, and was acquired in July 2014 by B2 Interactive.
Prior to his journey as an entrepreneur, Blake was a member of the Nebraska football team. Lawrence was a highly recruited linebacker, who started at Linebacker in 2008 and 2009, before his career was cut short due to recurring concussions. Off the football field, Blake earned his marketing degree in just 2.5 years, and received his MBA from Nebraska in 2011. He is also the co-host of Big Red Wrap Up, a weekly Nebraska football talk-show that is broadcast statewide on NET.
25-year old American tennis star, Jack Sock is on the verge of a breakthrough moment in his career with his remarkable win at the Paris Masters. The victory qualifies Jack for the season-ending ATP finals and pushes him to a career-high ranking of World No. 9. Jack is also the first American to win the tournament since Andre Agassi in 1999 and the first American winner of a Masters tournament since Andy Roddick at the Miami Open in 2010.
Born September 24, 1992 in Lincoln Nebraska, Jack is also an accomplished doubles champion. At the 2016 Olympics, he won the gold medal in the mixed doubles with Bethanie Mattek-Sands and captured a bronze medal in the men’s doubles with Steve Johnson. Jack also regularly played doubles with Canadian tennis player Vasek Pospisil and together they won the 2014 Wimbledon Grand Slam championship, a victory that helped vault them into the Top 10 of the ATP Doubles rankings. Additionally, Jack won the 2011 US Open mixed doubles title with fellow U.S. player Melanie Oudin.