Friday, April 18, 2014
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POSTED: Monday, April 7, 2014, 5:30 AM
Filed Under: Baseball
Katie Cavuto Boyle, owner of Healthy Bites, packages meals. She is the registered dietitian of the Philadelphia Phillies. (CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer)

Quinoa, Hummus, Trail Mix and homemade energy bars are a far cry from the traditional clubhouse spreads of years past. Considering the competitive atmosphere of professional sports, the Phillies organization and players have adopted a mantra on healthy eating.

There is an understanding that good nutrition is a key component to athletic performance and the overall health of the players. From strength and conditioning programs to batting practice, healthful meals have become a part of the Phillies’ day-to-day training regimen for both the major and minor league teams.

You may be surprised to know that players report to the clubhouse mid-day for a 7 p.m. game time. Considering the time spent at the ballpark, players usually eat 2-3 meals while they are there. Once at the ballpark, nourishing meals are provided by the clubhouse staff. The goal of each meal is to provide clean food choices that include energizing carbohydrates, lean proteins and healthy fats which fuel and nourish their bodies. Curious as to what they eat and why? Here is a peek at the daily menu for the major league players.

POSTED: Friday, April 4, 2014, 5:45 AM

Grab your helmet and stick and let’s hit the lacrosse field.

Injury statistics

A 2007 study by Dick et al in the Journal of Athletic Training looked at injury rates for the men’s lacrosse using the NCAA injury surveillance system from 1988-2004. The results show a nearly 4 times higher rate of injury in games than in practice (12.58 versus 3.24 injuries per 1000 athlete-exposures [A-Es]).

POSTED: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 4:22 PM
Filed Under: Other Sports
FILE - In this April 5, 2010 file photo, Tiger Woods listens to a question during his news conference at the Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Woods will miss the Masters for the first time in his career after having surgery on his back. Woods said on his website that he had surgery Monday, March 31, 2014, in Utah for a pinched nerve that had been hurting him for several months. (AP Photo/Harry How, Pool, File)

The biggest sports news on this year’s April Fool’s Day was no laughing matter.

Tiger Woods announced he would miss the 2014 Masters next week in Augusta, Ga. due to back surgery. Woods had the procedure to relieve pressure from a pinched nerve.

Following surgery, a statement indicated that Woods would begin “intensive rehabilitation and soft tissue treatment” within the week, with the goal of returning to competition sometime this summer.

POSTED: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 5:30 AM

At Focus Fitness, barre classes have reined supreme and all other disciplines played second fiddle — until now.

With two studios firmly established on the Main Line, early March brought a third Focus location into Center City with the opening of Focus Barre and Yoga at 1923 Chestnut Street.

“Here, there are two great disciplines that fall under one roof so from a client perspective, I feel like they’re getting the best of both worlds since one membership covers both practices,” said co-owner and barre instructor Amy Feeney.

POSTED: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 5:30 AM

Editor’s Note: To help you get ready for the Broad Street Run Einstein Healthcare Network Dietitian Theresa Shank, RD, LDN, has compiled some of the best advice on how to power up your body for this year's race.


Drink at least 8-16 ounces of water one hour before your run.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 5:30 AM

There is a saying taught in medical school to all medical students—usually around the second year—that a key part of becoming a good doctor is “knowing the science and practicing the art of medicine.”

I learned this particular mantra over 20 years ago and still find it very much relevant and applicable today as it was two decades ago (and likely will continue to be in the future). I was recently reminded of this important principle in medicine because of an issue that is a source of discussion (some say semi-controversy) among healthcare providers in sports medicine and musculoskeletal medicine—how to best manage knee osteoarthritis in an active person.

My intent in this blog is not to review the medical literature and cite medical studies supporting one treatment over another; rather, my intent is to highlight to readers of this sports medicine blog that while we know some things about the science of medicine, there is still much room for practicing the art of medicine.

POSTED: Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 5:30 AM
Filed Under: Physical Therapy
Katrin Holtwick of Germany is taped during the London 2012 Olympic women's beach volleyball match between Germany and Czech Republic.

Shoulder pain is experienced by athletes at all levels and can be aggravated by something as simple as raising your arm or throwing. There are different therapies used to relieve shoulder pain. One such method, therapeutic taping (remember the colorful tape you‘ve seen athletes using at the Olympics and other sporting events?) continues to grow in popularity. But is all taping created equal?

Recently Billy Moore, PT, DPT, one of our outpatient physical therapists, helped present a study on the effectiveness of two specific taping methods in high school athletes. The study, part of his capstone project at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, took a look at 11 local athletes at Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor who were experiencing pain in their shoulder. The students came from baseball, softball, volleyball and lacrosse, all sports that require participants to use an overhead shoulder motion.

Two popular taping methods were tested, the Kinesio Taping Method and the McConnell Taping Technique. “While comparisons of these two methods have been done for knee and lower body injuries, there has been less research done on shoulder injuries—particularly those in high school age athletes,” notes Billy. “This study looked to not only compare the effectiveness of the two taping techniques to one another, but also to not using taping at all.”

POSTED: Sunday, March 30, 2014, 1:51 PM
Filed Under: Running
Bill Ling of Clementon, NJ won the inaugural Love Run Half Marathon in Philadelphia on Sunday, March 30, 2014. (Colin Kerrigan /

A couple weeks ago, Bill Ling of Clementon, N. J. had a particularly strong workout. Feeling good, feeling confident, Ling went ahead and made a bold statement on his Facebook account.

“I’m going to win the Philadelphia Love Run.”

That was it. No trash talk, no details.

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.

Robert Senior Sports Doc blog Editor
Alfred Atanda, Jr., M.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
Robert Cabry, M.D. Drexel Sports Medicine, Team physician - U.S. Figure Skating, Assoc. Team Physician - Drexel
Brian Cammarota, MEd, ATC, CSCS, CES Symetrix Sports Performance, athletic trainer at OAA Orthopaedics
Desirea D. Caucci, PT, DPT, OCS Co-owner of Conshohocken Physical Therapy, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Michael G. Ciccotti, M.D. Rothman Institute, Head Team Physician for the Phillies & St. Joe's
Julie Coté, PT, MPT, OCS, COMT Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Peter F. DeLuca, M.D. Rothman Institute, Head Team Physician - Eagles, Head Orthopedic Surgeon - Flyers
Joel H. Fish, Ph.D. Director - The Center For Sport Psychology, Sports Psychology Consultant - 76ers & Flyers
R. Robert Franks, D.O. Rothman Institute, Team Physician - USA Wrestling, Consultant - Philadelphia Phillies
Ashley B. Greenblatt, ACE-CPT Certified Personal Trainer at The Sporting Club at The Bellevue
Cassie Haynes, JD, MPH Co-Founder, Trap Door Athletics, CrossFit LI Certified
Eugene Hong, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP Team Physician - Drexel, Philadelphia University, Saint Joe’s, & U.S. National Women’s Lacrosse
Jim McCrossin, ATC Flyers and Phantoms
Kevin Miller Fitness Coach, Philadelphia Union
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales, Pa.
David Rubenstein, M.D. Main Line Health Lankenau Medical Center, Team Orthopedist - Philadelphia 76ers
Justin Shaginaw, MPT, ATC Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute, Athletic Trainer - US Soccer Federation
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