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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.

PRE-EXERCISE NUTRITIONAL GOALS

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 / Philly.com)

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.

POSTED: Sunday, March 30, 2014, 10:11 AM

It may have been a dark and rainy Sunday morning, but there was a lot of love in Philadelphia as runners of the inaugural Love Run Half Marathon took to the streets for their 13.1-mile tour of Philadelphia.

Nearly 10,000 participants took off from the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and made their way through Center City to a loop along the Schuylkill River on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and back to the finish at the Art Museum.

Bill Ling of Clementon, NJ dominated the race. Leading at the half, he was able to maintain the lead and win with a pace of 1:14:19. Read more about Ling here.

POSTED: Saturday, March 29, 2014, 5:00 AM
Filed Under: Running
Love Run race logo

This Sunday, March 30 marks the 1st annual Philadelphia Love Run. Several local streets will be closed or detoured throughout the city in connection with the race. Delays can be expected.

Motorists are advised to use alternate routes, avoid areas along the race course, allow for extra driving time and proceed with extreme caution during the race.

Some of the major areas impacted include:

  • The Benjamin Franklin Parkway: The inner drives of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed from 7:45 am - approximately 9:00 am. On Sunday, the vicinity near 20th Street and the Parkway will be closed and the Logan Circle area restricted to vehicular traffic. Parking in the Philadelphia Museum of Art area is very limited.
  • Citywide along the 13.1-mile route of the Love Run route
POSTED: Thursday, March 27, 2014, 5:00 AM
Filed Under: Heather Moore | Running

With the weather breaking and the Broad Street Run approaching, people are going to begin hitting the pavement after a long winter indoors. Many people will begin ramping up their mileage and some people will start noticing pain. When do we need to pay attention to the pain? When do we just run through it? 

One of the biggest mistakes runners make—and the reason my clinic is full of patients—is that people’s first response to pain is to stop running. Many people will feel pain and the pain will increase and as the pain increases the first thought is to stop running. The thought is that by stopping, the pain will disappear.  However, by just stopping running and not treating it, the pain will not go away. For the first couple days or weeks the pain may lessen because the inflammation will go down, but you will not have fixed the problem. 

Below are listed some common running injuries and some ways to treat them initially. Ignoring them is not the answer. They need to be addressed as the pain is felt. It needs to be stated that if you feel pain it is best to have that pain diagnosed by a medical professional so that the most proper plan of action can be put into place. 

  • Shin splints: Shin splints are pain felt up the shin. Shin splints are commonly felt by runners as distances increase. There are many fads on the internet to treat shin splints and every runner will offer you his/her own take on what they have experienced or feel is the fool-proof method for treating shin splints. 


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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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