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Living the Warrior Code: An interview with Scott McDermott

Thanks to Scott McDermott for joining me on "The Art of Medicine with Dr. Andrew Wilner!" Scott is an elite athlete, regularly competing in the Ultraman. This competition covers three days and makes a 26-mile marathon run look like a walk in the park. The Ultraman World Championships are held on the Big Island of Hawaii. The race includes a 6.2 mile ocean swim, 261.4 mile bike ride, and 52.4 mile run. What a test of human endurance! The prize? The thrill of competition, a sweaty tee-shirt, and a wet bathing suit!

In 2015, Scott experienced every athlete's nightmare. His bike skidded in the rain, and he crashed. Three days later, he woke up in an intensive care unit with a severe traumatic brain injury requiring neurosurgery, a fractured shoulder, wrist, and a variety of other injuries.

After returning home, Scott struggled to run his previously successful 15,000-square-foot gym. Finally, the COVID pandemic dealt a death blow to his business. With the help of an amazingly supportive wife, friends, an extensive medical team, and three years of cognitive and physical rehabilitation, Scott recovered, started a new business and thrives as a fitness trainer and motivator. He has also returned to the Ultraman World Championships. Wow!

Here's a link to the feature-length documentary film about his accident and recovery, "Living the Warrior Code," on YouTube:

Please listen as Scott shares his inspirational story during this 25-minute interview. Scott can be reached at his website:

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