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Alfred Atanda, Jr.

Youth sports: How times have changed!

Monday, June 30, 2014, 5:30 AM
For most of my life, I played soccer usually from August to November. Most kids played for the neighborhood recreational leagues, and a very select few played on ‘travelling’ teams, which meant that you travelled 20-30 miles every so often to play kids from other towns. Most coaches were... Read more

Should we pay college athletes?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 5:30 AM
Intercollegiate athletics are well integrated into the college and university experience. Student-athletes are provided an opportunity to perform, socialize, develop self-confidence, improve self-esteem and have a healthy, active lifestyle. In addition, they often get experiences and mentorship that... Read more

In support of LGBT athletes

Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 5:00 AM
Later this week, the world’s greatest Winter athletes will converge on Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics. For the next few weeks, Sochi hopes to represent everything that is right about the world of sports. But just last week, Sochi mayor Anatoly Pakhomov went on British television and... Read more

Tommy John surgery: Separating fact and fiction

Friday, October 18, 2013, 6:00 AM
For those of us that follow baseball, it seems like every time we turn around another pitcher is going down with a major injury. The most recent notable name is Matt Harvey from the New York Mets. Like many before him, he started having pain with pitching while experiencing decreased velocity and... Read more

Three factors that determine successful ACL injury rehab

Monday, May 20, 2013, 9:17 AM
As I’ve recently realized from personal experience, tearing your ACL can be quite painful. Obviously, there is the knee pain, swelling, buckling, and decreased ability to walk that go along with the acute injury. The physical pain, although unpleasant, usually lasts only a couple of weeks. What... Read more

Preventing ACL injuries in women

Thursday, March 14, 2013, 7:00 AM
With the 40th anniversary of Title IX upon us, our nation has seen huge advancements in striving for equality for women in the realm of sports and athletics. With this increase in sports participation, however, we have seen an increase in sports-related injuries in female athletes. Specifically, in... Read more

Spring sports prep: track & field

Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 10:54 AM
Editor’s Note: It’s hard to believe, but we’re less than a month from the start of the spring sports season. This week, our Sports Doc panelists take a look at the best ways to prepare for each spring sport, starting today with Dr. Alfred Atanda, M.D., discussing the upcoming track... Read more

Sports Specialization and Overuse Injuries

Thursday, January 3, 2013, 5:30 AM
As a pediatric sports medicine surgeon, I treat a lot of young athletes with hopes and dreams of eventually making it to the pros. Whether it’s a young pitcher who wants to throw curveballs like Cole Hamels or the running back who wants to break tackles like LeSean McCoy, a lot of youth athletes... Read more

Examining ACL Injuries In Females

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 10:25 AM
By Alfred Atanda, Jr., M.D. Since Title IX was signed into law by President Nixon in 1972, a dramatically increasing number of female athletes participate in sports not only at the collegiate level, but also at the high school and recreational levels as well. Currently, there are just as many young... Read more

Avoiding Lesser-Known Injuries

Monday, November 5, 2012, 1:53 PM
This is just part of our coverage of this year's Philadelphia Marathon. You can read all of the articles at at www.philly.com/marathon2012. And don't forget to join us there on race day to follow the action. By Alfred Atanda, Jr., M.D. When I was a sports medicine fellow at the Rothman Institute... 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.

Brian Cammarota, MEd, ATC, CSCS, CES Partner at Symetrix Sports Performance
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
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
Eugene Hong, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP Team Physician for Drexel, Philadelphia Univ., Saint Joe’s, & U.S. National Women’s Lacrosse
Martin J. Kelley, PT, DPT, OCS Advanced Clinician at Penn Therapy and Fitness, Good Shepherd Penn Partners
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
Kevin Miller Fitness Coach, Philadelphia Union
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales, Pa.
Kelly O'Shea Senior Health Producer, Philly.com
Tracey Romero Sports Medicine Editor, Philly.com
David Rubenstein, M.D. Team Orthopedist for 76ers; Main Line Health Lankenau Medical Center
Robert Senior Event coverage, Sports Doc contributor
Justin Shaginaw, MPT, ATC Athletic Trainer for US Soccer Federation; Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute
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