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Brian Cammarota

Josh Harding and staying active with Multiple Sclerosis

Friday, February 14, 2014, 9:32 AM
Reaction time, vision, quick deliberate movements—these are important in most sports, but as a hockey goalie these skills are vital! Josh Harding, starting goaltender for the Minnesota Wild, is currently leading the NHL in Goals Against Average at 1.65 and is tied for 2nd in save percentage... Read more

Off-season throwing for baseball and softball players

Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 5:30 AM
Throwing a baseball or softball is one of the most difficult activities in sports and requires extreme accuracy and skill. It is also one of the most unnatural motions in sports and leads to many injuries, especially among baseball pitchers. The speed of the pitching shoulder in baseball has been... Read more

Returning to play after a hamstring injury

Monday, December 23, 2013, 9:53 AM
This article is a continuation of my post on December 3, Hamstring Injuries: Frequency, re-injury, and length of recovery. Return to play following a hamstring or lower extremity strain may be one of the more difficult decisions a medical staff makes. Often the athlete is progressed through the rehabilitation... Read more

Hamstring injuries: Frequency, re-injury and length of recovery

Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 5:30 AM
Hamstring injuries are the most common injury in sports1 and have been shown to occur 176 times per NFL season or 5-6 per team each season.2 The most common mechanism of hamstring injury in the NFL was non-contact sprinting which caused 68.2 percent of hamstring strains. Hamstring re-injury is fairly... Read more

Offseason throwing suggestions for pitchers

Friday, November 8, 2013, 11:03 AM
With autumn in full swing a few things are becoming evident—days are getting shorter, temperatures are getting colder, and the pageantry and tradition of the World Series is complete. Congrats to the Boston Red Sox and their fans on being on top of the baseball world. But with the completion... Read more

Are you breathing wrong?

Monday, October 7, 2013, 9:50 AM
Breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out… It’s something we do automatically about 24,000 times per day. The only time we notice our breathing is during a tough workout as we gasp for air or if someone reminds you to take a deep breath. Certainly breathing is so automatic that... Read more

Stretching to prevent shoulder and elbow injuries

Friday, September 20, 2013, 6:00 AM
The shoulder is a complex body part made up of 4 different joints, each of which is vital for proper movement and performance. In my last post, we discussed the importance of scapula (shoulder blade) strength for overhead sports. Scapula strengthening and flexibility addresses movement at one of the... Read more

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

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

How to correct movement dysfunction

Friday, June 21, 2013, 6:00 AM
Previously we discussed how muscle imbalance leads to movement dysfunction in athletes. When athletes move poorly, either during games or training, they increase their injury risk and decrease performance. There are various systems to assess and correct movement dysfunction: Postural Restoration Institute... Read more
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.

Brian Cammarota, MEd, ATC, CSCS, CES 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. National Women’s Lacrosse
Martin J. Kelley, PT, DPT, OCS Advanced Clinician at Penn Therapy and Fitness, Good Shepherd Penn Partners
Julia Mayberry, M.D. Attending Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeon, Main Line Hand Surgery P.C.
Jim McCrossin, ATC Strength and Conditioning Coach, Flyers and Phantoms
Kevin Miller Fitness Coach, Philadelphia Union
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales and Hatfield, PA
Kelly O'Shea Senior Health Producer, Philly.com
Tracey Romero Sports Medicine Editor, Philly.com
David Rubenstein, M.D. Team Orthopedist for 76ers; Main Line Health Lankenau Medical Center
Robert Senior Event coverage, Sports Doc contributor
Justin Shaginaw, MPT, ATC Athletic Trainer for US Soccer Federation; Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute
Thomas Trojian MD, CAQSM, FACSM Associate Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine at Drexel University
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