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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

What the Dolphins' bullying saga teaches us about team culture

Friday, December 20, 2013, 5:30 AM
Much has been written about the Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin situation that existed on the Miami Dolphins this season. At present, Incognito has been suspended from the Dolphins for behavior that has been described as bullying. Martin has taken an extended absence from the team for emotional... 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

ACL Rehab: Comparing Adrian Peterson to RG3

Thursday, October 31, 2013, 9:51 AM
I’m sure Washington Redskins fans are shaking their heads wondering why Robert Griffin III isn’t playing like he was prior to his injury last season. Shouldn’t he be at the top of his game just like Adrian Peterson? They both had the world renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews do... Read more

Depression in athletes: Is it being ignored?

Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 5:30 AM
If 100 US adults are followed over their entire lifetime, 16 will have at least one episode of clinical depression (the lifetime prevalence of depression is 16.5 percent). In any given single year, 6 of the 100 will experience depression symptoms that meet the diagnostic clinical depression criteria... Read more

Does Vick's running style cause his hamstring ailments?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 5:30 AM
If you didn’t know better, you’d think hamstring injuries were contagious with the way they spread like a virus through the NFL once the season starts. It seems that every team has someone out with a hamstring issue, and the Eagles are certainly no exception with QB Michael Vick currently... Read more

MRSA: What is it, and how could it affect Sunday's Eagles game?

Friday, October 11, 2013, 3:44 PM
In light of today’s report of another breakout of MRSA among the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the NFLPA expressed concerns about the Eagles and Buccaneers playing this Sunday’s game in Tampa. The NFL has since announced that the game will go on, as nothing has been observed to compromise the... Read more

Diagnosing and treating football injuries: High School vs. NFL

Friday, October 11, 2013, 6:00 AM
My Sundays, in the fall, are spent on the Eagles’ sidelines leading the team of physicians that are charged with insuring the safety of the NFL players. What most people are not aware of is that on Fridays I am on the sidelines of high school football games in South Jersey. The injuries that... Read more

How can we convince athletes to report concussion symptoms?

Monday, September 9, 2013, 9:20 AM
With the recent nearly $800 million settlement, the NFL is conceding that head injuries occurred and led to serious long term problems. Despite this and all we hear in the media about the seriousness of concussion, the problem is still significantly under-reported. A recent study published this year... Read more

Helmets, mouthguards: Is there 'concussion-proof' equipment for fall sports?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 6:00 AM
As fall sports begin in earnest this weekend, I am often asked if head protection can prevent a concussion while engaged in play. Since most fall sports head protection-related questions are directed at football and soccer, we will deal primarily with these two sports. According to the recent Team... Read more
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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 Philly.com
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
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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
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Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales and Hatfield, PA
Kelly O'Shea Senior Producer, Philly.com
Tracey Romero Sports Medicine Editor, Philly.com
David Rubenstein, M.D. Sports Medicine Surgeon, Rothman Institute
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Justin Shaginaw, MPT, ATC Athletic Trainer for US Soccer Federation; Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute
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