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Head Injuries

National Athletic Training Month: Are schools doing enough?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 5:30 AM
While watching our favorite sports teams, we are generally hoping for 2 things—a win for our team and no injuries. Injuries have always been a part of sports and likely always will be. The difference between a championship season and missing the playoffs may be 1-2 injuries. Fortunately, professional... Read more

Baseball players' heads getting attention

Monday, March 17, 2014, 5:30 AM
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... Read more

"Football on trial": America's pride or America's shame?

Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 9:42 AM
On Tuesday night, three accomplished doctors from three very different backgrounds convened at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia to discuss the issue of head injuries in football. The talk, entitled “Football: America’s Pride or America’s Shame?” featured Doug Swift... Read more

New Concussion Center at Navy Yard dedicated to treatment, research

Thursday, January 9, 2014, 5:30 AM
For all the attention concussions have received in recent years, even the leading experts will admit that the sports medicine community has only scratched the surface when it comes to learning—and teaching the public—about these dangerous injuries. That’s why leaders at Rothman Institute... Read more

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

Phillies' doc: MLB 'very focused' on concussion prevention

Friday, December 27, 2013, 5:00 AM
In light of last week’s report on the late Ryan Freel, I decided to outline some of the measures Major League Baseball is taking to address concussions in the sport. MLB has taken a very serious, very focused stance on preventing concussions in baseball. MLB has taken numerous measures to investigate... Read more

Ryan Freel and CTE: What does it mean for baseball's future?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 5:30 AM
In the wake of the news that former major league player Ryan Freel was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) at the time of his suicide, Major League Baseball is joining—and being included—in the ongoing discourse over concussions in sports. Freel, who played for five... 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

'Head Games' author to speak at The Shipley School

Monday, September 2, 2013, 6:00 AM
Tuesday night, The Shipley School will welcome Head Games: Football’s Concussion Crisis author Christopher Nowinski to the school’s Yarnall Gymnasium (819 Montgomery Avenue, Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010) for a discussion on concussions and head injuries in sports. Nowinski is the co-director of... 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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Kelly O'Shea Sports Medicine & Fitness Editor, Philly.com
Alfred Atanda, Jr., M.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
Julia Mayberry, M.D. Attending Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeon, Main Line Hand Surgery P.C.
Robert Cabry, M.D. Team Physician for U.S. Figure Skating, Assoc. Team Physician for Drexel; Drexel Sports Medicine
Brian Cammarota, MEd, ATC, CSCS, CES Partner at Symetrix Sports Performance
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
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, Pa.
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
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