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POSTED: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 5:30 AM

Did you know that up to 91 percent of competitive swimmers have reported experiencing shoulder pain? Unfortunately most young swimmers will develop such pain—it’s just part of the sport.The same used to be true of youth pitchers in baseball.

For years, there was growing evidence that youth baseball pitchers were experiencing a high number of shoulder and elbow injuries. These injuries appeared related to excessive exposure to throwing the baseball. It was an epidemic, a talented 13-year old kid’s future ended due to shoulder and/or elbow ligamentous injuries. It got to a point where these kids and their parents were coming to orthopaedic surgeons for the elbow-saving Tommy John surgical procedure. Enough was enough.

In the beginning of 2007, Little League baseball became the first organization to implement a pitch count rule to protect young pitching arms. This is an age-based system in which a pitcher who throws a certain number of pitches must wait several days before competitively throwing again. Even Major League Baseball managers follow pitch counts to protect multi-million dollar shoulders from injury.

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POSTED: Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 5:30 AM

There is a saying taught in medical school to all medical students—usually around the second year—that a key part of becoming a good doctor is “knowing the science and practicing the art of medicine.”

I learned this particular mantra over 20 years ago and still find it very much relevant and applicable today as it was two decades ago (and likely will continue to be in the future). I was recently reminded of this important principle in medicine because of an issue that is a source of discussion (some say semi-controversy) among healthcare providers in sports medicine and musculoskeletal medicine—how to best manage knee osteoarthritis in an active person.

My intent in this blog is not to review the medical literature and cite medical studies supporting one treatment over another; rather, my intent is to highlight to readers of this sports medicine blog that while we know some things about the science of medicine, there is still much room for practicing the art of medicine.

POSTED: Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 5:30 AM
Filed Under: Technology | Working Out
Screenshot of the 7-minute workout challenge.

Already struggling to keep up with exercise-related New Year’s resolutions? This week’s SmartPhone app offers a solution for just about everyone who’s ever claimed they simply can’t find time to exercise.

The 7 Minute Workout Challenge, available on iTunes for just $1.99, promises a full-body workout comprised of 12 exercises that can be achieved in—you guessed it—only 7 minutes. This is accomplished by making the exercises extremely high in intensity while minimizing the rest periods between activities.

The App itself offers a link so users can read the research and science that went into the creation of the Challenge. Authors Brett Kilka, C.S.C.S., B.S. and Chris Jordan, M.S., C.S.C.S. explain in great detail the exercises utilized, the specific order in which those exercises should be performed, and even provide a sample workout. Again, all of this information is available right on the App itself.

POSTED: Friday, January 3, 2014, 5:30 AM
Ralph Harris of the Running Company of Haddonfield demonstrates the Alter G antigravity treadmill, which NASA developed to simulate weightlessness. APRIL SAUL / Staff Photographer

How many athletes have let lingering pain in their lower body prevent them from participating in that next big race or event? Or how many have said, “I would run to get this weight off if my knees didn’t hurt so much”?

What if reducing your weight by 15 percent would allow you to run pain-free? That’s the beauty of the AlterG anti-gravity treadmill, a piece of therapy equipment developed by NASA scientists to plan exercise programs for their astronauts.

The AlterG looks like a regular treadmill, except for an attached huge moonbounce-like bubble surrounding the running area. Users wear specialized neoprene shorts that zipper airtight into the bubble. By using differential air pressure technology, the bubble fills and lifts the person to unweight them down to 20 percent of their bodyweight. Punch the numbers into the control panel and feel the lift off—literally, you are taken onto your toes.

POSTED: Saturday, October 5, 2013, 6:00 AM

Past App of the Week features have looked at programs that help you track your daily workouts, your calorie intake, or your mileage while running or biking.

This week’s App attempts to combine a number of these features—and more—into one to promote all facets of healthy living.

ARGUS Motion and Fitness Tracker allows you to automatically track all fitness activities, record your distance and pace while running, keep records of your dietary habits—even monitor your sleep patterns to ensure you’re getting sufficient shut-eye.

POSTED: Saturday, September 28, 2013, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: Cycling | Technology | Working Out

This week’s App allows cyclists to track their progress in terms of distance, speed—even against other users!

Strava Cycling’s GPS Biking and Riding App comes free of charge from iTunes (there is a premium upgrade option) and allows users a comprehensive overview of their rides—and the rides of their peers.

The App’s main feature is the GPS tracking, which allows users to track their distance, speed and time elapsed during each ride. The “Profile” option records your rides cumulatively and tracks your week, year-to-date and “all-time” stats in distance, longest ride, highest climb and other categories.

POSTED: Saturday, September 21, 2013, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: Profiles | Technology | Women | Working Out

Just in time for the new software update, Women’s Health has launched a new fitness App—the 28-Day Fat Blaster (compatible with iPad, iTouch and the iPhone) to help users literally shake up their fitness routines.

The App, which can be downloaded from iTunes for $2.99, offers three different training modes to help users burn fat—power, strength, and endurance.

After choosing your approach, a user simply shakes the device and is presented with five random workouts designed to target that area of fitness. For example, after choosing “endurance” the App produced a workout that included lunges, dumbbell presses, alternating dumbbell lunges, single-arm rows, and finally a set of jumping jacks. All of these exercising are designed, obviously, to burn fat while improving stamina. Choosing one of the other two categories targets your fitness in power or strength.

POSTED: Saturday, September 7, 2013, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: In The News | Profiles | Technology

Technology, fitness and the human spirit have combined to create a fitness App that helps not only athletes, but the neediest members of our society.

Charity Miles is a free download that tracks your mileage while biking, walking or running—and allows you to earn money for various charities simply by completing your workout.

Using the App is quite simple—after downloading, you create a brief profile before choosing one of three activities—bike, walk or run. Once the activity is selected, the user can determine which of 24 charities they want their workout to benefit.

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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