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POSTED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 11:05 AM
Filed Under: Basketball | In The News
Kansas center Joel Embiid (21) shoots over Iona forward Daniel Robinson (44) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

March Madness is officially upon us. In Philadelphia, the focus is squarely upon the lower portion of the South bracket, where Villanova and St. Joe’s are on a potential collision course for a Saturday matchup. Nationally, however, one of the big storylines is the health of Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid.

Embiid, a 7-foot center, was one of the top incoming prospects in college hoops in this season. But the freshman has been sidelined since March 1 with a stress fracture in his lower back.

Reports soon followed that Embiid would miss the Big 12 Tournament (he did) but would likely return at some point during the NCAA Tournament. Skeptics responded that such a quick return was dangerous to Embiid’s long-term health.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 5:30 AM
Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter (right) speaks while College Athletes Players Association president Ramogi Huma left and United Steel Workers National Political Director Tim Waters second from left look on during a news conference in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. Calling the NCAA a "dictatorship," a handful of Northwestern football players announced they are forming the first labor union for college athletes--one they hope will eventually represent players nationwide. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

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 can help shape them into young adults that will be productive members of society. The rest of the campus community also benefits as they get to watch competitive sports, develop a sense of loyalty and pride towards their institution, and be part of the campus excitement associated with a particular team.

The most powerful benefit of intercollegiate athletics, however; is probably the financial impact that it has on the institution. Money generated by sports activities helps to fund construction of new buildings, such as dormitories and libraries. Also, it provides funding for research opportunities, professor salaries, and recruitment initiatives to attract more students to the school.

This is particularly evident at large Division I schools with successful football and basketball programs. For example, an poll from 2008 showed that the top four athletic programs in total revenue made well over $100 million dollars each that year. The majority of this money is generated from ticket sales, media rights, branding, and donations. While the bulk of the money is used to fund coach pay, team travel, marketing, and student tuition, none of the money is designated specifically for athlete compensation. As a result of this, the decision as to whether or not to pay college athletes has become a hot topic for discussion both in the sports and lay press.

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: Monday, January 13, 2014, 6:00 AM

The winter sports season is in full swing. In gyms everywhere the squeak of basketball shoes on the court can be heard. Along with the layups and 3 pointers, there are common injuries that occur. Let’s talk about some of these common basketball injuries and the appropriate treatment.

Ankle Sprains

This is the most common injury in basketball, accounting for 24.6 percent of women’s game injuries and 26.2 percent for men. It occurs when the foot rolls inward spraining the ligaments on the outside of the ankle. Swelling and bruising often occur with the severity of the injury dictating the athlete’s ability to return to play.

POSTED: Monday, January 13, 2014, 6:00 AM

A 2008 study by Borowski et al in the American Journal of Sports Medicine looked at high school basketball injury rates using the online reporting from 100 high schools for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. They found that high school basketball players sustained 1.94 injuries per 1,000 athlete exposures (AE).

Injuries were more common in games versus practices (3.27 game injuries vs. 1.40 practice injuries).

Most Common Injuries (percentages are the respective portion of all injuries observed):

  • Ankle/foot (39.7%)
  • Knee (14.7%)
  • Head/Face (13.6%)
  • Arm/Hand (9.6%)
  • Hip/thigh/upper leg (8.4%)
POSTED: Tuesday, December 31, 2013, 5:30 AM

From serious matters like concussions and performance enhancing drugs, to inspiring stories of athletes overcoming the odds, we’ve enjoyed covering the sports and fitness scene in and around Philadelphia in 2013.

What do you hope to see on Sports Doc in 2014?

Read more Sports Doc for Sports Medicine and Fitness.

POSTED: Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 5:30 AM
Michael Carter-Williams (1) passes the ball during the second half of the East Regional final in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 30, 2013 in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Winter season is upon us, recreational and competitive athletes alike. For some of us that means the long anticipated basketball season is finally here (break out your favorite college or NBA gear), and that leads us to the topic of this week’s blog.

Patella tendonopathy is one of the most common causes of anterior knee pain in an active person of all ages and all levels of ability. It is seen more frequently in athletes participating in sports that involve a lot of jumping and running, such as basketball, volleyball, soccer and track (hence the term “jumper’s knee”).

In one study of high level basketball players, approximately 1/3 had some patella tendonopathy. Not surprisingly, the risk of developing patellar tendon problems does appear to increase with increasing training intensity, frequency and duration.  Poor flexibility, and specifically tight quadriceps and hamstrings, may also contribute to an athlete developing patellar tendonopathy.  It does appear to affect males and female athletes equally. 

POSTED: Sunday, November 24, 2013, 11:33 AM
Filed Under: Basketball | Knee Injuries
Bulls guard Derrick Rose. (Don Ryan/AP)

Chicago Bulls fans learned yesterday that all-star guard Derrick Rose will once again require knee surgery and is out indefinitely. The reality is it could have been worse.

Rose, Chicago’s star guard was diagnosed with a medial meniscal tear in his right knee. The news comes less two years after Rose suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left that knee required him to miss all of last season. Most sports fans at this point are aware of ACL surgery and what it means for their favorite athlete; typically the injury is season ending.

It is unclear what type of meniscal tear Derrick Rose sustained. but a big part of how much time he will miss will be determined by whether or not doctors can repair the tear with sutures. Or will they simple trim a section of it out, termed a meniscectomy?

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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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