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The best of Sports Doc 2013

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. What do you hope to see on Sports Doc in 2014? Read more Sports Doc for Sports... Read more

CrossFit beginners: Choose wisely!

Friday, December 6, 2013, 5:30 AM
With increasing popularity of the CrossFit training program, we have been seeing some happy customers as well as the other side of the spectrum — very bad injuries. It seems like the level of happiness with WODs depends largely on the credibility of the program. A little bit of background information:... Read more

New technology gains popularity in CrossFit

Thursday, November 21, 2013, 5:30 AM
Technology makes tracking our physical fitness much easier, whether via SmartPhone apps, favorite websites or simply keeping a spreadsheet of physical activity. In the CrossFit community, one product aims to help gyms retain and attract customers by taking its technology to the next level. Ameet Shah... Read more

World's Strongest Man contender gives CrossFit a try

Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 5:30 AM
"I can't even touch my shoulders, so that makes muscle ups difficult," the owner of CrossFit Gamma in Hershey, PA says as he shows us his shoulder immobility and outrageous biceps, noting the three inches of space between his fingertips and shoulders. A ‘muscle-up’ is a pull-up that transitions... Read more

The art of recovery

Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 5:30 AM
Editor's note: This is the continuation of Cassie's story, the first part of which can be found here. That commitment you make to training hard six days each week and reading the labels on every package of food, wary of sugar sneaking into your dried fruit, or worse, your bacon—is the same commitment... Read more

How to prepare for a Tough Mudder event--the obstacles

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 12:00 AM
Part 1 of this series on Tough Mudder events appeared here. Your Obstacles Prepare yourself for hills. Many courses, particularly the longer ones in our region, are set up at ski resorts. Guess how you rack up 7+ miles of running at a ski resort? That's right—up, down, repeat. Don't go for... Read more

10 questions to ask when starting CrossFit

Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 5:45 AM
Listen, folks, I see no shame in admitting the truth—I love the KoolAid. I took my first sip four years ago during a late night workout in NYC with a motley crew that have become the CrossFit kings of Queens (and the entire Northeast, actually), and I've been mainlining it ever since. My functional... Read more

"Train heavy, fight light": CrossFit competition heats up

Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 5:25 AM
“So what's your secret sauce?” Medals have been distributed, the podiums have been cleared, and equipment is being hauled away as I hear a spectator pose this question to Lauren Krygowski, a coach and competitive athlete representing CrossFit Explode, the number one team in the Mid-Atlantic... Read more

CrossFit's best and brightest go for the gold

Thursday, June 6, 2013, 6:00 AM
The CrossFit Games are the Olympics of our sport, where the creme-de-la-crème compete head-to-head for the title of Fittest Woman/Man/Team in the World (and a pretty hefty prize package furnished primarily by CrossFit's main squeeze, Reebok.) More than 200 athletes representing 17 regions—ten... Read more

New competitive league for Philly's CrossFit athletes

Thursday, May 16, 2013, 4:00 AM
The sport of CrossFit is a fitness phenomenon that has been slowly gaining momentum since its inception in 2003. So what is CrossFit? It’s a lot of things. Coach Greg Glassman, CrossFit Inc.’s CEO, has spent the bulk of his adult life experimenting with and working to perfect the... 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.

J. Ryan Bair, PT, DPT, SCS Founder and Owner of FLASH Sports Physical Therapy, Board Certified in Sports Physical Therapy
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
Justin D'Ancona
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
Brian Maher, BS, CSCS Owner, Philly Personal Training
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
Gavin McKay, NASM-CPT Founder/Franchisor, Unite Fitness
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales and Hatfield, PA
Kelly O'Shea Senior Producer,
Tracey Romero Sports Medicine Editor,
David Rubenstein, M.D. Sports Medicine Surgeon, Rothman Institute
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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