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POSTED: Thursday, January 9, 2014, 5:30 AM
The Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center at the Navy Yard.

For all the attention concussions have received in recent years, even the leading experts will admit that the sports medicine community has only scratched the surface when it comes to learning—and teaching the public—about these dangerous injuries.

That’s why leaders at Rothman Institute, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Wills Eye Hospital have collaborated to create the Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center (JCCC), located in the heart of the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Robert Franks, D.O. of the Rothman Institute is the medical co-director of the center along with Mijail Serruya, M.D., Ph.D., a top neurologist at Jefferson. The Center hosted its first patient at the end of October.

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: Thursday, December 19, 2013, 5:30 AM
Filed Under: Profiles | Robert Senior | Running
Here comes the bride! Polly Bogucki, shown here with race director Pat McCloskey, ran the 2010 Philadelphia New Year's Eve 5K in her wedding dress.

In two weeks, the Philadelphia New Year’s Eve Midnight Run will return to the stadium complex and McFadden’s at the Ballpark after a two-year absence.

As recently as 2010, the event was held at the complex in South Philly. “But when the Winter Classic came to town,” explains race director Pat McCloskey, “we had to change venues.”

Thus the event moved out to Franklin Mills Mall, where it remained last year as well. But 2013 marks the return of one of Philadelphia’s most unique running events.

POSTED: Thursday, December 12, 2013, 5:00 AM
Seven-year-olds Oviya (right) and Katrina (left) learn from tennis professional Suzanne Barr and Director of Tennis Arvind Aravindhan.

Most children who aspire to learn—or master—a sport have the advantage of learning gradually, playing at a level that makes it easier to attain early success. Beginner-level swimmers start out in the shallow end, not the deep end of an Olympic-sized pool. Most youth basketball leagues lower the height of the hoop significantly below the regulation 10 feet.

At the Julian Krinsky School of Tennis at the Gulph Mills Tennis Club, instructors are now enjoying teaching the sport to young children on a smaller, modified court that allows the youngsters to have some success while learning the game.

The school offers classes to players ages 10 and under in which a modified court and tennis ball are utilized. The smaller court and softer ball give children a better opportunity to play longer rallies than they would have trying to negotiate a regulation tennis court.

POSTED: Thursday, December 5, 2013, 5:30 AM
Filed Under: Profiles | Robert Senior | Running

In late September, we profiled Center City resident Rebecca Schaefer who planned to take the famed “Gonna Fly Now” training montage in Rocky II and turn it into an event for Philadelphians, Rocky fans and fitness enthusiasts alike.

Inspired by a now-famous blog post by Dan McQuade, Rebecca pieced together the Rocky 50K Run, a race that will follow a course that’s as similar as possible to the one Sylvester Stallone traversed in the (first) sequel. She’s tweaked the course to make it legal (“They’re not going to let us run on any train tracks,” she laments) and to make it exactly 31 miles, or 50 kilometers.

The run is not a race, Rebecca is quick to point out on the event’s website, where she describes the Rocky 50K thusly: “No Fees, No Awards, No Aid, No Wimps.” There’s no charge to enter, nor is there a trophy, participation medal, etc. All that’s promised is a course on which to run.

POSTED: Friday, November 29, 2013, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: Profiles | Working Out
A Flywheel Studio spinning class led by Ryan Makely at their recently opened flagship branch in Center City at 1521 Locust Street on Feb. 28, 2013. ( (Hillary Petrozziello)

Editor’s Note: Lauren Napolitano, Psy.D., has recently started reviewing Main Line fitness studios on her own website. She shared some suggestions with Sports Doc.

The best way to lift your mood and to meet new friends is to take exercise classes. Fitness classes are fun, they are social, and they produce endorphins. 

On the Main Line, there are so many amazing cycling, yoga, barre, rowing and Pilates studios. With so many options to choose from, how do you figure out which studio or class might be the best fit for you?

POSTED: Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 9:42 AM
A gleeful Gray waves as she secures her best run time to date in her first injury-free marathon. Photo Credit: Levi Rupp

One of the great things about an event like the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon is that every runner has a unique background story, but feels united to other runners by a common goal. Pre-race, we met people who’ve overcome illness, personal tragedy and loss of loved ones to reach the finish line at the Parkway.

But sometimes the stories are a little simpler—overcoming a challenge, an injury, to get back to doing what you love—in this case, running.

Meet Carolyn Gray, a 27-year-old Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania. With a background in sprinting, Carolyn decided a couple years ago to take up marathon running. On Sunday, she completed her second Philadelphia Marathon—the culmination of a year-long battle against injury.

POSTED: Sunday, November 17, 2013, 1:42 PM
Kate Thompson, originally from Doylestown and currently a senior at Penn State University, completed the full 13.1-mile half-marathon on crutches.

The motivation to prepare for and run a half-marathon is not to be overlooked or taken for granted. But at an event like today’s, the individual sacrifices can get lost in the crowd—literally.

Meet Kate Thompson, originally from Doylestown and currently a senior at Penn State University. For some time, Kate had planned to run today’s Philadelphia Half-Marathon. But late last month, those plans appeared to be undone. Kate was injured running in the club cross-country championships at Penn State.

It wasn’t until she remembered her friend, Justin Burns, that Kate knew she had a greater reason for doing this race.

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.

Robert Senior Sports Doc blog Editor
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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