Sunday, May 24, 2015

Julie Coté

Believe in a way back to fitness with a spinal cord injury

Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 5:30 AM
It's 7:30 a.m. at Magee Riverfront’s Wellness Center and Delano Turnipseed has already broken a sweat on a very unique type of exercise equipment: a seated elliptical machine designed specifically for individuals with leg paralysis. To look at his trim but muscular frame, you would never guess... 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

Believe in a way back to the dance floor

Wednesday, January 7, 2015, 5:30 AM
It’s 9 a.m. in Magee Riverfront’s therapy gym. Marilyn Palley walks in with her grandmother Butzi’s cane in hand. Approaching her therapy like a full time job, she asks herself, “Do I give in to my limitations or do I go beyond what I think my limitations are and push the envelope... Read more

Believe in a way back: Completing a triathlon after a spinal cord injury

Monday, August 4, 2014, 5:35 AM
When Jessica Cappella’s book club friends gave her an entry to Mullica Hill’s Queen of the Hill triathlon as a Christmas gift, she thought they were kidding. Just four years earlier, Jess sustained incomplete paraplegia after removal of a spinal tumor and lost almost all strength in her... Read more

Blue Cross Broad Street Run: Stroke survivor believes in a way back

Thursday, May 1, 2014, 5:30 AM
This time two years ago, Dr. Tom Leonard should have been prepping for his 10th Broad Street Run. That was his plan, anyway. The year before, he had completed the race in just 78 minutes, his best time to date. His love of running was well known throughout his neighborhood of Collingswood—he... Read more

Put Jack Frost in his place: Staying safe in winter weather

Thursday, January 2, 2014, 3:42 PM
Icy sidewalks. Driveways full of snow. As the temperatures drop… so do, well, people. Your morning run or shoveling walkways have the potential to cause injuries that can keep you from your health and fitness goals. Here are some tips to make sure Jack Frost doesn’t get the best of you... Read more

Believe in a Way Back: Johnny Quinn

Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 6:00 AM
If you ever have the pleasure of meeting professional bodybuilder Johnny Quinn, his wheelchair is the last thing you will notice. Johnny is one of only 17 wheelchair bodybuilders in the entire country who have gone pro. And he has gone pro in a big way. Just last week after only three years as a pro... Read more

Believe in a Way Back: Robert's Story

Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 5:30 AM
Just over a year ago, Robert Ward left his home in Alexandria, Virginia on a sunny, Friday morning. He was headed to work on a plot of land he and his wife purchased in rural West Virginia where they planned to build a cabin. When he did not return on Sunday as planned, his wife began to worry and... Read more

Believing in a way back: Returning to running after a spinal cord injury

Thursday, June 20, 2013, 5:30 AM
If you saw John “Jed” Carman running up the soccer field coaching his son’s team, you would never know that he is newly recovered from a spinal cord injury. His success story is one of the best that I have witnessed as a physical therapist at Magee. Prior to his injury, Jedwas an... Read more

Don't let gardening be a pain in the back... or knees

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 1:00 PM
As the sun comes out, so do our green thumbs. But gardening isn’t all soil and sunshine. It can be pretty tough on our bodies—particularly our knees and backs— thanks to prolonged kneeling and bending. But don’t put your spade and gloves away just yet. There are plenty of easy... 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, MEd, ATC, CSCS, CES 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
Justin D'Ancona Philly.com
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
Brian Maher, BS, CSCS Owner, Philly Personal Training
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
Gavin McKay, NASM-CPT Founder/Franchisor, Unite Fitness
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales and Hatfield, PA
Kelly O'Shea Senior Producer, Philly.com
Tracey Romero Sports Medicine Editor, Philly.com
David Rubenstein, M.D. Sports Medicine Surgeon, Rothman Institute
Robert Senior Event coverage, Sports Doc contributor
Justin Shaginaw, MPT, ATC Athletic Trainer for US Soccer Federation; Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute
Thomas Trojian MD, CAQSM, FACSM Associate Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine at Drexel University
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