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Shoulder strengthening for throwing athletes

Wednesday, August 21, 2013, 6:00 AM
The scapula is the keystone of the upper body. All upper extremity motion depends on how well or how poorly the scapula moves. When the scapula is weak, both the shoulder and elbow are at an increased risk of injury. In the normal healthy shoulder, the scapula moves properly and creates a stable base... Read more

Sport Specialization: Take the summer off!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 6:00 AM
One significant change in the care of athletes over the last 10 years has been this concept of specialization. When I grew up you typically played football in the fall, basketball/hockey in the winter and baseball in the spring. The summer was spent going on vacation with your family or getting a job... Read more

Why HGH? Bastardo's suspension raises questions

Monday, August 5, 2013, 2:46 PM
The Biogenesis scandal that’s engulfed Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun and implicated the Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez hit home Monday, as Phillies reliever Antonio Bastardo agreed to a 50-game suspension. With the Phillies’ playoff hopes on life support (to put it kindly) the suspension... Read more

What you need to know to avoid youth pitching injuries

Monday, July 15, 2013, 9:24 AM
Youth pitching injuries have risen dramatically since the early 2000s. The pitching motion is the most dynamic motion in sports. Arm speed (internal rotation) has been recorded at 6900 degrees per second in youth pitchers and higher in older pitchers. That’s the equivalent of spinning your arm... Read more

What does the future hold for the Phillies' Ryan Howard?

Monday, July 8, 2013, 7:08 PM
On Monday the Phillies learned that first baseman Ryan Howard will miss the next 6-8 weeks with a torn meniscus. While numerous concerns arise as a result of this injury—the Phillies owe the increasingly injury-prone slugger $75 million through 2016, after all—one overlooked question centers... Read more

When will we see Utley back on the field?

Friday, May 24, 2013, 11:44 AM
Last night, the Phillies confirmed what most fans have suspected all week—Chase Utley is indeed heading to the 15-day DL with a mild oblique strain. The organization quickly stated that the expect the second baseman back after those 15 days—yet on this morning’s television broadcasts... Read more

Can Halladay return at full strength?

Thursday, May 9, 2013, 9:56 AM
Wednesday’s press conference confirmed some of our worst fears when Roy Halladay announced he would undergo arthroscopic surgery to address a partially torn rotator cuff and a fraying labrum in his right shoulder. Uncertainty was the theme of the press conference, as Halladay shared that doctors... Read more

Protecting pitchers: what J.A. Happ's injury means to MLB

Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 1:41 PM
Last night, former Phillies pitcher J.A. Happ was struck in the head by a line drive while pitching for the Toronto Blue Jays. This morning, Happ is in stable condition and undergoing tests at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, Fla. Perhaps most troubling, however, were this morning’s... Read more

Major League Baseball and the second opinion

Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 11:52 AM
The Phillies expect to have some information about the particulars and the severity of Roy Halladay’s shoulder injury sometime today. The ace right-hander admitted to feeling discomfort in his shoulder after Sunday’s start against the Miami Marlins, and spent yesterday visiting with Dr... Read more

What to expect once Halladay gets an MRI

Monday, May 6, 2013, 2:30 PM
If there was any doubt remaining, it’s gone today—Phillies fans have pressed the panic button in regards to Roy Halladay’s 2013 season. The latest setback, a 2-plus inning outing that yielded nine runs to the lowly Marlins, was just the start of yesterday’s disappointment.... Read more
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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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