Tuesday, September 1, 2015

What is the physical toll of playing rugby?

Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 5:30 AM
A recent study in the Journal of Neurosurgery, which found that former professional rugby players have greater cervical spine degeneration than the regular populous, raises the question, what is the true physical toll of playing rugby? Rugby is a full contact sport in which the goal, similar to American... Read more

Free Fit Academy boot camp tomorrow

Monday, August 31, 2015, 5:30 AM
In a fitness rut or wanting to start exercising, but not sure how to get started? Fit Academy’s free boot camp Tuesday at the back steps of the Art Museum at 6:30 p.m. is a great way to get motivated. “I hold the free workouts because I believe that Philadelphia is a city that is entrenched... Read more

Find Your Trainer coming soon to Philly

Friday, August 28, 2015, 5:30 AM
The excuses for not working out can be boundless it seems. No time. You are uncomfortable working out at a gym, but you don’t even consider a personal trainer because you are not Beyoncé. Or maybe you have worked out with personal trainers at your gym or studio, but find the whole sales... Read more

Soreness vs. Injury: What’s the difference?

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 5:30 AM
At one time or another all runners experience soreness during and after runs. Many of us also unfortunately become injured. What is the difference between the two and should you alter your training regimen? Being a competitive runner and a physician, I have found myself in this scenario literally... Read more

Simple warm-ups can prevent shoulder pain

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 5:30 AM
In the height of the summer, the last thing anyone needs is a nagging shoulder injury that won't go away. Whether you are completing various chores around the house, working on a summer project, or loading up the x-cargo for that family trip, preserving your body, specifically your shoulder, is important... Read more

When your workout stops working: 3 machines to avoid at the gym

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 5:30 AM
Do you have a weight problem? Resistance machines are intended to strengthen muscles, improve bone density and give your immune system a good workout after sweaty Eddie leaves a cesspool of fitness fluid in his wake. However, your gains may quickly turn into losses if you use weight machines improperly... Read more

Motivation tip: Keep your goals where you can see them

Monday, August 24, 2015, 5:30 AM
For many athletes, playing in a big game or at a competition is easy to get excited for. The harder part is getting yourself going for all of the preparations and practices before the event. So how do other athletes stay motivated? While shopping for running sneakers recently at the Jenkintown Running... Read more

Sitting can be a real pain sometimes

Friday, August 21, 2015, 5:30 AM
Almost 80% of all Americans experience back pain, and for many of them that pain comes from sitting long periods like at work. Described as discomfort or an ache or throbbing, the pain is usually lumped into the generic diagnosis of low back pain. Most people are surprised when sitting down doesn’t... Read more

Namas Day offers second day of workshops

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 5:30 AM
Namas Day Yoga Festival, organized by Philly Area Yoga, an online source for yoga and wellness information, has gone through some growing pains this year, adding an extra day of workshops, new classes and a bigger marketplace to the lineup for the fall festival, Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October... Read more

The couch-to-pope training plan

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 5:30 AM
Preparing for any big race takes dedication. Health experts say that's a good way to think about getting ready for Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia next month. An estimated 1.5 million pilgrims and spectators flocking to Center City on Sept. 26 and 27 will be expected to walk up to 5 miles and... Read more
About this blog

Whether you are a weekend warrior, an aging baby boomer, a student athlete or just someone who wants to stay active, this blog is for you. Read about our growing list of expert contributors here.

J. Ryan Bair, PT, DPT, SCS Founder and Owner of FLASH Sports Physical Therapy, Board Certified in Sports Physical Therapy
Brian Cammarota, MEd, ATC, CSCS, CES Partner at Symetrix Sports Performance
Ellen Casey, MD Physician with Drexel University Sports Medicine
Desirea D. Caucci, PT, DPT, OCS Co-owner of Conshohocken Physical Therapy, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Michael G. Ciccotti, M.D. Head Team Physician for Phillies & St. Joe's; Rothman Institute
Julie Coté, PT, MPT, OCS, COMT Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Justin D'Ancona Philly.com
Peter F. DeLuca, M.D. Head Team Physician for Eagles, Head Orthopedic Surgeon for Flyers; Rothman Institute
Joel H. Fish, Ph.D. Director of The Center For Sport Psychology; Sports Psychology Consultant for 76ers & Flyers
R. Robert Franks, D.O. Team Physician for USA Wrestling, Consultant for Phillies; Rothman Institute
Ashley B. Greenblatt, ACE-CPT Certified Personal Trainer, The Sporting Club at The Bellevue
Brian Maher, BS, CSCS Owner, Philly Personal Training
Julia Mayberry, M.D. Attending Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeon, Main Line Hand Surgery P.C.
Jim McCrossin, ATC Strength and Conditioning Coach, Flyers and Phantoms
Gavin McKay, NASM-CPT Founder/Franchisor, Unite Fitness
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales and Hatfield, PA
Kelly O'Shea Senior Producer, Philly.com
Tracey Romero Sports Medicine Editor, Philly.com
David Rubenstein, M.D. Sports Medicine Surgeon, Rothman Institute
Robert Senior Event coverage, Sports Doc contributor
Justin Shaginaw, MPT, ATC Athletic Trainer for US Soccer Federation; Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute
Thomas Trojian MD, CAQSM, FACSM Associate Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine at Drexel University
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