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NFL owners approve medical timeout for disoriented players

Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 10:02 AM
ESPN has just reported that NFL owners approved five new safety rules and one replay rule change including a medical time out for disoriented players. In a move to protect players better and to prevent an incident like the one during the Super Bowl when New England’s Julian Edelman was allowed... Read more

Wrestlers more prone to skin conditions

Monday, October 27, 2014, 5:30 AM
With the end of fall sports, it will not be long until local high school and collegiate gymnasiums will be filled with fans celebrating the beginning of wrestling season. Philadelphia has a long tradition of wrestling and has already been celebrated as a wrestling city with the NCWA All-Star Classic... Read more

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
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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.

Sarah Whitman, MD Sports Psychiatrist in Philadelphia
Tracey Romero Sports Medicine Editor,
J. Ryan Bair, PT, DPT, SCS Founder and Owner of FLASH Sports Physical Therapy, Board Certified in Sports Physical Therapy
Brian Cammarota, ATC, PT, DPT, CSCS 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
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. Lacrosse
Brian Maher, BS, CSCS Owner, Philly Personal Training
Julia Mayberry, M.D. Attending Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeon, Main Line Hand Surgery P.C.
Gavin McKay, NASM-CPT Founder/Franchisor, Unite Fitness
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales and Hatfield, PA
Justin Shaginaw, MPT, ATC Athletic Trainer for US Soccer Federation; Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute
Thomas Trojian MD, CAQSM, FACSM Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine at Drexel University
Justin D'Ancona
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