Friday, February 12, 2016


Rotator cuff surgery: What to expect

Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 4:00 AM
As I sat in the waiting room with a family member about to have Shoulder surgery, I decided it would be a good time to write a post on rotator cuff surgery. Rotator cuff surgery is a common surgery with approximately 250,000 performed per year in the US.1, 2 The Injury The rotator cuff is actually... Read more

Best way to reduce arm injuries in baseball

Wednesday, October 28, 2015, 5:30 AM
Do you know the number one way to reduce the chance of injuring your shoulder or elbow as a youth baseball player? As an athletic trainer and physical therapist, I’d love to tell you the answer is performing scapula exercises and maintaining good posture, but I would be wrong. My pitching coach... Read more

Study offers novel approach to increasing throwing speed

Friday, May 29, 2015, 5:30 AM
In the heat of the game, baseball and softball players know that whether they are pitching or throwing to third to get a runner out, their throwing velocity is crucial to the game. However, most traditional training programs which focus on increasing muscle endurance in the core – the proximal... Read more

Overuse throwing injuries in youth is preventable

Friday, May 1, 2015, 5:30 AM
With the spring sports season well under way, besides an increase of sunshine, there is usually an increase in injuries as well and baseball players in little leagues are no exception. Overuse injuries from constant repetitive motions are a common injury, but does that mean less play time is the answer?... Read more

Preventing UCL injuries this baseball season

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 5:30 AM
Opening day is upon us, as spring and baseball return to Philadelphia. Whether the Taney Dragons or the Phillies or neither win the World Series this year, one thing is certain – there will be players who suffer from injuries to the elbow. Such injuries are particularly common in pitchers. In... Read more

Professional athletic trainer Mark Shires talks shop

Friday, March 27, 2015, 5:30 AM
In celebration of National Athletic Training Month, I had the opportunity to interview professional baseball athletic trainer, Mark Shires. Mark has been a certified athletic trainer (ATC) for 17 years and provided great insight into the required education and responsibilities for an athletic trainer... Read more

Scarring a concern with common flexor tendon injury

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 9:45 AM
The Phillies recently announced that pitcher Cliff Lee is still working through the common flexor tendon tear that limited his play last season. Depending on his throwing progression, his doctors will have to decide what the next steps will be. Why is this injury such a concern for baseball players? The... Read more

Three exercises baseball players should NOT do

Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 5:30 AM
Though there are few absolutes in life, except for death and taxes. The following exercises should be approached with extreme caution for baseball players, other overhead athletes, and anyone with shoulder pain. For baseball pitchers these exercises should almost never be performed. I am sure some... Read more

Should baseball players keep throwing all year long?

Monday, November 24, 2014, 5:30 AM
Another baseball season has come and gone and the cold of winter is knocking on the door. It seems like just yesterday spring training was beginning with lots of potential for everyone from Little League to the Major Leagues. With colder days upon us, should baseball players continue throwing all the... Read more

2 area PT clinics expand services for athletes

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 5:30 AM
Conshohocken Physical Therapy in Conshohocken and Total Performance Physical Therapy in North Wales have been going through some growing pains lately as they renovated, expanded and added new talent to their roster in order to offer more comprehensive rehabilitation and sports training services. Conshohocken... 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, ATC, PT, DPT, CSCS Physical Therapist at Good Shepard Penn Partners, 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
Justicia DeClue Owner, Maha Yoga Studio
Peter F. DeLuca, M.D. Head Team Physician for Eagles, Head Orthopedic Surgeon for Flyers; Rothman Institute
Brittany Everett Owner, Grace & Glory Yoga Fishtown
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
Jon Herting, PT, DPT, CSCS, HFS, USAW Physical Therapist, Partner at The Training Room
Eugene Hong, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP Team Physician for Drexel, Philadelphia Univ., Saint Joe’s, & U.S. Lacrosse
Brian Maher, BS, CSCS Owner, Philly Personal Training
Julia Mayberry, M.D. Attending Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeon, Main Line Hand Surgery P.C.
Gavin McKay, NASM-CPT Founder/Franchisor, Unite Fitness
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales and Hatfield, PA
Justin Shaginaw, MPT, ATC Athletic Trainer for US Soccer Federation; Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute
Thomas Trojian MD, CAQSM, FACSM Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine at Drexel University
Robyn Weisman, ACE-CPT B.S., Exercise Science & Physiology, Certified Personal Trainer, Fitness and Lifestyle Coach
Sarah M. Whitman, MD Sports Psychiatrist; Clinical Assistant Professor, Drexel University College of Medicine
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