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POSTED: Friday, January 18, 2013, 9:00 AM

On Monday, Sports Doc panelist and Phillies head team physician Michael Ciccotti, M.D., was announced as the new president of the Major League Baseball (MLB) Team Physicians Association. Sports Doc talked with Ciccotti about his new appointment and his plans for the Association.

Sports Doc: What is the MLB Team Physicians Association?

Dr. Ciccotti: It’s one of the most organized, most academically-based organizations for physicians in professional team sports. All the team physicians for major and minor league teams are members, and our primary mission is to provide optimal care for all professional baseball players. We also take a critical look at all injuries that occur, and do what we can from a research perspective to improve the type of care that is provided, with the ultimate goal of preventing injuries from occurring.

POSTED: Thursday, January 17, 2013, 11:30 AM
Filed Under: In The News | Robert Senior
Cyclist Lance Armstrong warms up before riding a Trek prototype bicycle at the Low Speed Wind Tunnel in San Diego, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. Armstrong was at the facility to test the Trek time trials bike. The seven-time Tour de France champion announced in September that he was ending a three-year retirement to draw more attention to his global campaign to fight cancer. He said he would aim for an eighth Tour victory, beginning his campaign in January with a race in Australia. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Tonight’s televised Lance Armstrong interview is being advertised as the saddest, final chapter in one man’s incredible, but now tainted, athletic career. But for many sports fans, it’s just another episode in an ongoing, tiresome saga.

From Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson losing his 1988 gold medal after a positive steroid test, to Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa and others awkwardly testifying before Congress about performance enhancing drug (PED) usage in baseball—and now Armstrong—it’s almost commonplace to view record-setting or historical athletic performances with a jaundiced eye at this point. For some fans, it’s the only way they’ve ever known sports.

But why? Why do athletes who are undisputedly at the top of their professions feel the need to gain this edge? Is it the money, the fame? Or is it a frustration that training, nutrition, equipment changes, etc. have taken them as far as they can possibly go, yet they wish to climb even higher? Have we reached the pinnacle of what a human being can accomplish without artificial assistance?

POSTED: Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 2:51 PM
Filed Under: Football | Robert Senior
Chip Kelly has been named as the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. (Matt York/AP)

News of the surprise hire of Chip Kelly as the 21st head coach in Philadelphia Eagles history dominated Twitter timelines early this afternoon. From fans to analysts and former players, it seems everyone has a strong opinion on the new man in charge.

But what factors will ultimately determine Coach Kelly’s success or failure in Philadelphia? Joel H. Fish, Ph.D., director of The Center for Sport Psychology and Sports Doc panelist, shares his thoughts on what the new hire means for the Eagles. From a sports psychology perspective, Dr. Fish predicts an active and interesting start to the Chip Kelly era.

“I think [Kelly] will be given a longer honeymoon than most coaches,” he offers. “After 14 years, the fans are ready for a change. His track record is such that there’s a strong basis to believe that over time, his system can work.”

POSTED: Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 9:55 AM
Filed Under: Other Sports | Robert Senior

The popularity of CrossFit has grown nationwide in the past few years. This past weekend was proof that the movement has reached Philadelphia.

Some 200 athletes and over 500 spectators converged on Northeast Soundstage and Studios in Port Richmond for Saturday’s event, featuring the best of CrossFit on the East Coast. The event was put on by CrossFit Novem, a CrossFit facility in Northern Liberties, and Trap Door Athletics, a company that specializes in organizing and planning fitness-focused events and excursions.

“We were pleasantly surprised by the turnout,” says Cassie Grassia, who co-owns Trap Door Athletics with Emily Record. Grassia and Record are both active CrossFitters who endeavor to popularize the sport by capitalizing on its inclusive nature and by incorporating workouts into events, adventures, and vacations.

POSTED: Monday, January 14, 2013, 12:34 PM
Filed Under: Baseball | Robert Senior
Phillies' doc named head of MLB team physicians

Philadelphia Phillies’ Team Physician and Sports Doc panelist Michael G. Ciccotti, MD, has been elected the 2013 President of Major League Baseball’s Team Physician Association (TPA).

Dr. Ciccotti, Chief of Sports Medicine at the Rothman Institute, was elected via vote by members of the TPA. He succeeds Dr. Charles Bush-Joseph, MD, Head Team Physician for the Chicago White Sox.

“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by my peers,” said Dr. Ciccotti. “I am looking forward to this leadership role and representing the group to the best of my abilities.”

POSTED: Friday, January 11, 2013, 12:55 PM

Sports seem to saturate our lives. In fact, it’s hard to go through a day without reading, hearing or seeing something about sports. The enthusiasm for sports certainly has no age limit. Studies show that there are over 45 million young athletes in the United States participating in a broad range of sports activities.

Yet with this increased participation comes increased risk. Statistics from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) indicate that sports or athletics are the leading cause of adolescent injuries in this country. High school athletes in the U.S. account for approximately 2 million sports injuries/year, and 3.5 million children under age 14 receive medical treatment each year for sports injuries. What’s the reason for this alarmingly high rate of injury? Is it too much, too fast, too soon? Recent data suggests a variety of factors including:

  • Improper technique
  • Inappropriately fitting equipment
  • Training errors
  • Coach/Parental/Peer pressure
  • Failure to recognize developing injuries
  • Emergence of “Sports Specialization” at an early age
  • Inherent musculoskeletal imbalance in the growing athlete

Having recognized this apparent epidemic of sports-related injury in youth, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), a world leader in sports medicine research and education, has initiated the STOP Sports Injury Campaign. The purposes of this program are to:

  • Raise public awareness concerning youth sports injuries
  • Mobilize the sports physician membership of the AOSSM
  • Provide educational materials for parents, coaches, and youth athletes
  • Promote research on youth sports injury prevention & treatment
  • Establish a National Resource Center for youth sports injury prevention
  • And most importantly, to reduce the incidence of youth sports injuries
POSTED: Thursday, January 10, 2013, 1:34 PM

This morning’s news confirming that former NFL linebacker Junior Seau suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) before his suicide in May again begs the question: what can be done by sports medicine professionals and the NFL to prevent or decrease the incidences of this condition?

Last month, Boston University disclosed that some 34 former pro football players had suffered from CTE. Seau, a 10-time All-Pro, now joins that list as perhaps its’ most prominent and accomplished football player. He was only 43 at the time of his death and less than three years removed from his final NFL appearance.

“I’ve been seeing patients with concussions for a long time,” says Todd Lewis, PhD. “and CTE isn’t something we see on a daily basis. That’s because we see a lot of younger athletes, and we don’t see the accumulation of multiple years of concussion and head trauma.”

POSTED: Thursday, January 10, 2013, 11:01 AM
Filed Under: Football | Peter F. DeLuca

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment of a series by Peter DeLuca, MD, Head Team Physician for the Philadelphia Eagles.

I was recently covering a high school football game as a Team Physician. Gazing down the sideline, I saw boys of various sizes and body types. There were young adults who have reached full maturity and those who seem to be just entering puberty. I asked myself: should these boys be playing football? Should this sport be banned?

Football connects generations. Many of us remember watching games with parents and grandparents, and going on to introduce the game to our own children. It inspires us to rally around our players, teams and cities. It brings together families, friends and communities.

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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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