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R. Robert Franks

Concussion lawsuit seeks rule changes in soccer, expert weighs in

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 9:20 PM
In an article released today in the New York Times, Concussion Lawsuit Seeks to Force Rules Changes in Soccer, a group of soccer parents and players filed a class-action lawsuit against FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, over its handling of concussions. This suit also names a number... Read more

New Concussion Center at Navy Yard dedicated to treatment, research

Thursday, January 9, 2014, 5:30 AM
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... Read more

Helmets, mouthguards: Is there 'concussion-proof' equipment for fall sports?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 6:00 AM
As fall sports begin in earnest this weekend, I am often asked if head protection can prevent a concussion while engaged in play. Since most fall sports head protection-related questions are directed at football and soccer, we will deal primarily with these two sports. According to the recent Team... Read more

Teamwork in concussion management

Friday, May 24, 2013, 6:00 AM
It is said it often takes a village to raise a child. Quite often, it seems like it takes several members of that village to treat a pediatric or adolescent athlete with a concussion. As the scholastic year winds down, I would like to discuss the members of the healthcare team who treat concussion... Read more

Why are concussions worse in females?

Friday, April 12, 2013, 6:00 AM
Women have been increasing in numbers in participation in all of sport. Women's soccer, basketball, lacrosse and many other contact sports are seeing increasing number of participants of all ages. When looking at data comparing male versus female concussion injury rates in sports where both sexes play... Read more

When should concussed athletes return… to the classroom?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 9:20 AM
When we discuss athletes who have been concussed, much of the discussion often concerns when they will return to play. However, when we discuss student athletes who have been concussed, parents often ask ‘when can they return to school and academics?’ There has been much published this... Read more

CTE: What we know and what we need to learn

Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 9:00 AM
Last week doctors announced that Junior Seau, the former San Diego Chargers all-pro who took his own life in May, has joined the ever growing list of former NFL players with CTE. Before football ends for the season, there should be a discussion of CTE and its association with concussion. CTE stands... Read more

Follow-Up: Your concussion questions answered

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 1:56 PM
In the wake of injuries sustained by prominent Philadelphia athletes and an increased emphasis on awareness about head injuries, Sports Doc has devoted a good deal of coverage to concussion treatment and prevention this fall. In a follow-up to his post last week on ImPACT Tests, today, Robert Franks... Read more

ImPACT Test: How It's Used To Determine Concussion Recovery

Friday, November 30, 2012, 11:44 AM
By Robert Franks, D.O. Editor’s Note: Yesterday, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick failed his second concussion test of the week, meaning he has not been cleared to return to football activities. Robert Franks, D.O., takes a closer look at the testing used to make such determinations. As concussion... Read more
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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.
Kelly O'Shea Senior Health Producer, Philly.com
Tracey Romero Sports Medicine Editor, Philly.com
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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