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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, March 21, 2014, 5:03 PM
Filed Under: Baseball | In The News
The Phillies' Freddy Galvis. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis was hospitalized with a staph infection in his leg early Friday morning. By the afternoon, one source reported the infection was being treated as MRSA.

Galvis will begin the season on the disabled list, but the more immediate concern is for his personal well-being—and that of other Phillies players, personnel and even opponents.

The best-known cases of MRSA outbreak in recent sports history involved NFL teams. The St. Louis Rams, Cleveland Browns and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have all experienced somewhat widespread outbreaks since 2003. Well-known players including All-Pro LeCharles Bentley and Kellen Winslow Jr. were affected.

POSTED: Monday, March 17, 2014, 5:30 AM
Filed Under: Baseball | Head Injuries
Philadelphia Phillies Domonic Brown (9) is out at home plate on the throw after sliding into New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli in the third inning of a spring exhibition baseball game in Clearwater, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. The play came on Darin Ruf's double to the left field corner. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The smell of the grass, the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd… baseball season is back. As spring training gets into full swing, a new Major League baseball rule takes effect. Though contact will still be allowed at home plate, baserunners will no longer be allowed to intentionally run into a catcher.

The rule is intended to protect players from injuries, especially head injuries. Concussions in sports have become a hot topic, now that there is overwhelming evidence suggesting long-term neurological damage from head trauma while playing sports.

As a neurologist and epilepsy specialist, I have seen hundreds of sports-related head injuries over my career. In the United States alone, 1-4 million people experience a sports-related head injury each year (Giza et al. 2013). Even though baseball is generally considered a “non-contact sport,” head injuries in baseball account for nearly 20 percent of all competitive sports-related head injuries (Beyer et al. 2012).

POSTED: Monday, March 10, 2014, 11:41 AM

The sports medicine world lost one of its pioneers late Thursday night when Dr. Frank Jobe passed away in Santa Monica, Calif. at the age of 88.

As co-founder of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Dr. Jobe was perhaps best known as the Godfather of Tommy John Surgery, the preferred term for ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction. He performed the first such procedure on its namesake, a Dodgers pitcher, in 1974.

Dr. Jobe also served as a mentor to Michael Ciccotti, M.D., director of sports medicine at the Rothman Institute and head team physician for the Phillies.

POSTED: Monday, March 10, 2014, 5:30 AM

For statistics on common baseball injuries, click here.

It’s that time of year. Spring sports are in the air, even if the spring weather isn’t. Let’s head to the ballpark and start with baseball.

Upper Extremity

POSTED: Monday, March 10, 2014, 5:30 AM

A 2007 study by Dick et al in the Journal of Athletic Training looked at injury rates for the men’s baseball using the NCAA injury surveillance system from 1988-2004. 

  • The results show a 3x higher rate of injuries in games than in practice.
  • Division I players had higher injury rates for both games and practice compared to Divisions II and III. 
  • Practice injuries were nearly 2 times higher in pre-season than in-season. 
  • Game injury rates were higher in the regular season than post-season play. 

45% of all injuries were to the upper extremity and about 30% were to the lower extremity.  The most frequent game injuries were:

Upper leg strains (11%)

POSTED: Friday, February 21, 2014, 5:30 AM

No matter how you are involved in athletics, you need to know the dangers that accompany your sport. This Strained Sports infographic will help you digest the mountain of statistics and help you better understand how the injuries stack up against each other from sport to sport.


With the hope of informing, this graphic has the purpose of raising awareness of sports injuries, whether they are minor ankle problems or fatal brain injuries. Because the potential dangers aren’t always at the forefront of discussions, learning about the more serious side of sports will allow you to make an educated decision about participating. Additionally, this infographic can serve as a guide to understand what sort of injuries to watch for by sport.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 12:41 PM

This Saturday, the Phillies and Rothman Institute will host the 6th annual Sports Medicine Symposium at Citizens Bank Park.

The event, which begins with registration and continental breakfast at 6:30 a.m., is targeted for sports medicine physicians, physical therapists, certified athletic trainers and other professionals. Sports Doc panelist Dr. Michael Ciccotti, Director of the Sports Medicine team at Rothman Institute and head team physician for the Phillies, will present along with fellow Rothman Institute sports physicians and Phillies Certified Athletic Trainers and strength/conditioning coaches.

“We’ll be looking at common sports injuries—specifically, those in the overhead and the throwing athlete,” says Dr. Ciccotti.

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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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