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Children, Teens

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

Can we explain the increase in Tommy John surgeries?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 5:30 AM
Tommy John Surgery… the three words every baseball pitcher dreads hearing. It indicates a long tedious road of rehabilitation and valuable time away from the game. The rehabilitation following surgery generally takes 12 months to return to pitching and 18 for a full recovery. There are also... Read more

The dangers of sport specialization

Wednesday, May 21, 2014, 5:30 AM
With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, many parents find their free time booked solid shuttling their children from one activity to the next: baseball practice, dance class, swimming lessons, lacrosse games. Sports and activities are a rite of passage for many children and parents... Read more

Scholastic sports injuries: Track & field

Monday, May 12, 2014, 9:37 AM
Common injuries in scholastic spring sports: Track and field Unlike other collegiate sports, there have been no studies published on track and field injuries using the NCAA injury surveillance system. Therefore, we will look at the few studies that analyze injury prevalence in track and field. A... Read more

Swimmers and shoulders: Who's watching out for them?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:30 AM
Did you know that up to 91 percent of competitive swimmers have reported experiencing shoulder pain? Unfortunately most young swimmers will develop such pain—it’s just part of the sport.The same used to be true of youth pitchers in baseball. For years, there was growing evidence that youth... Read more

Common scholastic sports injuries: Men's lacrosse

Friday, April 4, 2014, 5:45 AM
Grab your helmet and stick and let’s hit the lacrosse field. Injury statistics A 2007 study by Dick et al in the Journal of Athletic Training looked at injury rates for the men’s lacrosse using the NCAA injury surveillance system from 1988-2004. The results show a nearly 4 times higher... Read more

National Athletic Training Month: Are schools doing enough?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 5:30 AM
While watching our favorite sports teams, we are generally hoping for 2 things—a win for our team and no injuries. Injuries have always been a part of sports and likely always will be. The difference between a championship season and missing the playoffs may be 1-2 injuries. Fortunately, professional... Read more

Common injuries in scholastic spring sports: Baseball

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 Upper extremity injuries are the most common area injured for both... Read more

Stats and facts about baseball injuries

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... 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
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.

Kelly O'Shea Sports Medicine & Fitness Editor, Philly.com
Robert Cabry, M.D. Team Physician for U.S. Figure Skating, Assoc. Team Physician for Drexel; Drexel Sports Medicine
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.
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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