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POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 9:09 AM
A couple kisses after finishing the Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 17, 2013. (Stephanie Aaronson /

If you’re already preparing for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run, it might excite you to know that the running calendar continues well beyond the first Sunday in May.

The GORE-TEX Philadelphia Marathon announced last week that the 2014 race weekend will be November 21-23. This year, representatives expect over 30,000 participants throughout the three days of events.

What’s more, registration starts on April 1—and that’s no April Fool.

POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 5:30 AM
Filed Under: Kevin Miller | Working Out

This week I want mix it up a little and instead of focusing on one topic I want to write a post about ten (10) quick fitness tips. I hope that one of these tips will help you reach your fitness and health goals in 2014.

1. When it comes to warming up most athletes would rather skip the warm up and get right into their training. I understand that things like foam rolling and dynamic movements are not the most exciting drills; however, I believe a proper warm up sets the tone for training. I truly believe spending 15-20 minutes at the start of every session on soft tissue and range of motion drills/movement patterns is important to your long term health.

2. Running wind sprints/gassers at the end of training is NOT speed training. Doing these types of runs has its place when it comes to training. However, if your goal is speed training you need to do your speed work at the beginning of your training session when your central nervous system is alert and fresh. Also, the time spent doing speed training should be short with a long recovery between each run.

POSTED: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 5:00 AM
Filed Under: In The News | Kelly O'Shea | Running

For many new runners, 13.1 miles can be a tedious task. Boredom often sets in around miles six or seven and for the rest of the race, runners do their best to keep themselves from calculating their distance to the finish line.

To combat boredom, 24-year-old Kelly Roberts of Brooklyn entertained herself by taking selfies with hot guys and posting them to her Instagram account while she ran the NYC Half-Marathon on March 16th. 

“I was standing in my corral right before the race started and I noticed there was a cute guy behind me and thought ‘I should find one every mile,’” recalled Roberts.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 11:05 AM
Filed Under: Basketball | In The News
Kansas center Joel Embiid (21) shoots over Iona forward Daniel Robinson (44) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

March Madness is officially upon us. In Philadelphia, the focus is squarely upon the lower portion of the South bracket, where Villanova and St. Joe’s are on a potential collision course for a Saturday matchup. Nationally, however, one of the big storylines is the health of Kansas freshman center Joel Embiid.

Embiid, a 7-foot center, was one of the top incoming prospects in college hoops in this season. But the freshman has been sidelined since March 1 with a stress fracture in his lower back.

Reports soon followed that Embiid would miss the Big 12 Tournament (he did) but would likely return at some point during the NCAA Tournament. Skeptics responded that such a quick return was dangerous to Embiid’s long-term health.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 5:00 AM
Filed Under: Broad Street Run | Running
A scene from the 2013 Back on My Feet 5-Miler. (Back on My Feet Philadelphia)

As the area digs out from yet ANOTHER snow event, it’s hard to believe that we’re almost ‘halfway’ to the Independence Blue Cross Broad Street Run.

But for many local runners, next Saturday’s Back on My Feet 5-miler marks just that—a halfway point in their training for the 10-mile jaunt down Broad. It’s appropriate that they commemorate this milestone with a run that’s exactly half the distance many will travel on May 4.

Start time is 8 a.m. sharp next Saturday, March 29 at the east end of the lower bridge over the Schuylkill River along West River Drive. The course will take runners up West River Drive along the river before a challenging uphill brings you towards the Please Touch Museum. After rounding Centennial Circle, it’s back toward W. River Drive for a flat (and hopefully fast!) finish.

POSTED: Monday, March 17, 2014, 11:45 AM
Filed Under: Brian Cammarota | Working Out

My recent article and the subsequent comments presented show some of the difference in opinions when it comes to squatting. I appreciate the responses and discussion and would like to clarify a few things.

First off, to clarify, I DO teach people to squat with their backs rounded, not extended. I have learned these methods form the Postural Restoration Institute (PRI) and once I incorporated these techniques, I found my athletes/clients were healthier. Even if you do not agree that the spine should be rounded, most would agree that the back should NOT be extended or arched. An extended back clearly increases your risk of back injury.

Let’s separate 2 parts of the article. First, the picture at the end (below) shows a deep squat with the back rounded. This is an excellent position to learn how to squat properly. It allows you to stretch when you incorporate deep breathing and extended holds. I would not place a heavy weight over her head in this position, but if she was using a vest or dumbbells, she could perform squats.

POSTED: Monday, March 17, 2014, 5:30 AM
Filed Under: Baseball | Head Injuries
Philadelphia Phillies Domonic Brown (9) is out at home plate on the throw after sliding into New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli in the third inning of a spring exhibition baseball game in Clearwater, Fla., Thursday, March 13, 2014. The play came on Darin Ruf's double to the left field corner. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The smell of the grass, the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd… baseball season is back. As spring training gets into full swing, a new Major League baseball rule takes effect. Though contact will still be allowed at home plate, baserunners will no longer be allowed to intentionally run into a catcher.

The rule is intended to protect players from injuries, especially head injuries. Concussions in sports have become a hot topic, now that there is overwhelming evidence suggesting long-term neurological damage from head trauma while playing sports.

As a neurologist and epilepsy specialist, I have seen hundreds of sports-related head injuries over my career. In the United States alone, 1-4 million people experience a sports-related head injury each year (Giza et al. 2013). Even though baseball is generally considered a “non-contact sport,” head injuries in baseball account for nearly 20 percent of all competitive sports-related head injuries (Beyer et al. 2012).

POSTED: Friday, March 14, 2014, 5:30 AM
Filed Under: Brian Cammarota | Working Out

Is squatting a good exercise? Should I squat past 90 degrees?

These are 2 questions I hear over and over as a clinician in the rehab setting. My answer to both questions is almost always “Yes.”

I would like all of my clients and patients to have the ability to squat. It is one of the most primitive and basic motions and all of us should be able to do it. But unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world and many people have not squatted correctly in many years; leading to knee, back, and other injuries. So, why do I wish my patients and clients could squat, and why do I teach it so often?

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