Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Can weighted plyometrics increase vertical jump?

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 5:30 AM
As a physical therapist and strength coach, I often receive questions from coaches and athletes. Recently I was asked about weighted plyometrics. Here is the question: “I am coaching volleyball this year. What are your thoughts on weighted plyos to increase vertical jump? 10-11% body weight... Read more

Former pro basketball player sheds light on mental and emotional toll of the game

Thursday, June 4, 2015, 5:30 AM
When South Jersey native Tyson Hartnett first hit the basketball courts in 4th grade, he had no idea what kind of journey he was in for -- all the ups and downs and finally redemption on the road to playing professional basketball. In his new book, Hoop Dreams Fulfilled: An Athlete’s Failure... Read more

It does matter how you play the game

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 5:30 AM
It’s hard to have watched the recently completed NCAA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championship games without dreaming about being a star athlete. After all, the athletes we have been watching on television during these games have been so athletic, coordinated, and talented, who... Read more

Believe in a way back to the courts

Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 5:30 AM
It is a cool crisp afternoon in February, and Robert Pittman walks onto the court lightly balancing on two forearm crutches. Today, he is graduating from Magee Riverfront’s intensive Day Rehab program where he has spent the last seven weeks on his recovery from an incomplete spinal cord injury... Read more

Vitamin D and Athletic Performance

Friday, November 14, 2014, 5:30 AM
Now that daylight savings time has ended, we say goodbye to summer and goodbye to sunshine. Unfortunately, we also need to bid adieu to our “sunshine vitamin” – vitamin D. Vitamin D is an important vitamin we make when ultraviolet light hits our skin, then is processed in our kidney... Read more

ACL Injury Prevention: Now is the time to act

Monday, October 13, 2014, 5:30 AM
Soccer and football seasons are well under way and the start of basketball and skiing will be here before we know it, which means now is the time to begin an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) injury prevention program. The ACL is a ligament in the knee that keeps the knee stable. It is important for... Read more

College athletes in contact sports more likely to carry MRSA, Study finds

Friday, October 10, 2014, 5:30 AM
In a press conference yesterday at IDWeek 2014, the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the HIV Medicine Association and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, researchers unveiled... 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

Dr. James Andrews among top presenters at Rothman Impact of Sports Conference

Tuesday, September 9, 2014, 5:30 AM
The NFL season kicked off this past weekend. College football season is just hitting its stride, and September may be Major League Baseball’s most important month. In other words, there’s not much free time right now for James Andrews, M.D., who works with teams in all three of these sports... Read more

Hydration and cramping: how badly was LeBron hurting?

Monday, June 9, 2014, 10:20 AM
LeBron James is taking a lot of heat for being carried off the court due to leg cramps. It seems that every news outlet and everyone with a Twitter account has an opinion of how this should have been handled and what caused it. Can cramps really cause enough pain to make you leave the game? And does... Read more
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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.

Sarah Whitman, MD Sports Psychiatrist in Philadelphia
Tracey Romero Sports Medicine Editor,
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 Partner at Symetrix Sports Performance
Ellen Casey, MD Physician with Drexel University Sports Medicine
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. 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
Justin D'Ancona
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