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POSTED: Thursday, February 20, 2014, 1:31 PM
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To provide you with the timely, credible, in-depth resource you need to keep competing in whatever your activity of choice, we have been growing our panel of bloggers to include sports medicine experts from around the Philadelphia region. Here is a quick look at our regular contributors, beginning with the editor. Stayed tuned for even more.

Robert Senior

Rob Senior,'s sports medicine and fitness editor, has covered sports medicine, physical rehabilitation and various aspects of fitness for a variety of publications.

He also enjoys following college and professional sports, and coaches his children's youth teams. Rob resides in Limerick, Pa. with his wife Maria and their children.

POSTED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 12:00 PM

For the second consecutive year, the Blue Cross Broad Street Run will offer spots through a lottery system.

This morning, it was announced that the lottery will begin on Saturday, February 1 at 12:01 a.m. and conclude on February 13 at 11:59 p.m. It was not known exactly how many spots are available through the lottery, but the guidelines promise to resemble last year’s system, with runners who’ve competed in 10 or more consecutive Broad Street Runs automatically “grandfathered” into the race.

This year’s race, which takes place on Sunday, May 4 will be a special one, according to Blue Cross Broad Street Run race director Jim Marino.

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.

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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: Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 5:30 AM
Kansas City Royals' Ryan Freel during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, July 21, 2009, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

In the wake of the news that former major league player Ryan Freel was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) at the time of his suicide, Major League Baseball is joining—and being included—in the ongoing discourse over concussions in sports.  

Freel, who played for five teams during his nine-year career, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound almost one year ago. He was 36.

At last week’s MLB Winter Meetings, representatives of the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and Sports Legacy Institute issued their findings to Freel’s family, who revealed Sunday that the player indeed suffered from Stage II CTE, where victims can experience headaches, confusion, depression and short-term memory loss.

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: Sunday, November 17, 2013, 5:30 AM
The first runners take off at the 2013 Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 17. (Kelly O'Shea /

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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.

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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