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Michael G. Ciccotti

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: 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.

POSTED: Friday, December 27, 2013, 5:00 AM

In light of last week’s report on the late Ryan Freel, I decided to outline some of the measures Major League Baseball is taking to address concussions in the sport.

MLB has taken a very serious, very focused stance on preventing concussions in baseball. MLB has taken numerous measures to investigate, diagnose, treat and hopefully prevent minor traumatic brain injuries/concussions.

Some of their many efforts over the past several years include:

POSTED: Tuesday, May 21, 2013, 10:01 AM

This Wednesday, the Rothman Institute will host The Impact of Sports, a conference that promises to “bring together the brightest minds in sports.” The panel’s goal is to discuss the health, social and economic benefits sports bring to society.

The conference will begin at 7 a.m. at Lincoln Financial Field. The event is sold out, but Sports Doc will offer updates and coverage from the conference.

After a meet-and-greet and breakfast, the event will begin with an address from Michael Ciccotti, M.D., director of Sports Medicine at Rothman Institute and Sports Doc panelist. Dr. Ciccotti will introduce the day’s first speaker, the Honorable Tom Corbett, Governor of Pennsylvania. Governor Corbett will explore the impact sports have at a state level.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 1:41 PM

Last night, former Phillies pitcher J.A. Happ was struck in the head by a line drive while pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays.

This morning, Happ is in stable condition and undergoing tests at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Perhaps most troubling, however, were this morning’s reports and headlines that referred to Happ as the latest pitcher to sustain such an injury. He is the fourth MLB pitcher to be struck in the head since September. What can the league do to prevent or lessen the likelihood of further instances?

POSTED: Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 11:52 AM
Roy Halladay should have learned from last year that any kind of discomfort should be disclosed. (Michael Perez/AP)

The Phillies expect to have some information about the particulars and the severity of Roy Halladay’s shoulder injury sometime today. The ace right-hander admitted to feeling discomfort in his shoulder after Sunday’s start against the Miami Marlins, and spent yesterday visiting with Dr. Lewis Yocum in California.

Phillies team physician and Sports Doc panelist Michael Ciccotti, M.D., says he doesn’t take it personally when a player asks to get a second opinion on an injury. In fact, he encourages the practice, and does everything in his power to ensure the player receives the best possible opinion.

“After an injury, the physician thoroughly evaluates the player—as with any patient,” says Dr. Ciccotti. “We ask how the injury happened, where they feel pain, when does it hurt. You gather a history, and do a full examination.”

POSTED: Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 11:59 AM
Filed Under: Baseball | Michael G. Ciccotti

At last month’s Phillies spring training in Clearwater, Fla., Rothman Institute representatives followed head team physician and Sports Doc panelist Michael Ciccotti, M.D., through a typical day. Here are some excerpts from their experience.

The game has ended with the home team on the losing end of the 7-6 score. The traffic in the training room is picking up. One of the players comes in with a lump on the back of his hand.

Dr. Ciccotti asks him to come into his office. “I’ll get the needle.”

POSTED: Sunday, April 21, 2013, 4:30 PM
Philadelphia's Ben Revere, center, is congratulated by his teammates in the dugout, for scoring the first Phillies run in the game. Philadephia Phillies vs Toronto Blue Jays at Bright House Field in Clearwater. The last spring training game of 2013. Game Action 03/28/2013 ( MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer )

At last month’s Phillies spring training in Clearwater, Fla., Rothman Institute representatives followed head team physician and Sports Doc panelist Michael Ciccotti, M.D., through a typical day. Here are some excerpts from their experience.

“What your average Phillies fan sees on the field at Citizens Bank Park is just the tip of the iceberg. The overwhelming bulk of the organization lies beneath the surface in the minor leagues,” says Dr. Ciccotti, who has since retreated into a medical team office to review some images with James Ready, Head Minor League Training Coordinator for the Phillies.

“We have seven teams and two academies. Only one of them plays in South Philadelphia during the spring, summer and hopefully into the fall, and on that team there are only 25 guys playing. So the bulk of the work is done with the minor league guys.”

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