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POSTED: Wednesday, September 25, 2013, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: In The News | Profiles

One of the signature local events of the fall takes place this weekend, when 7,000+ riders will attempt to complete the MS City to Shore Bike ride.

Participants can choose from several different routes as they complete rides ranging from 25-175 miles this Saturday, all in an effort to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. All rides of over 100 miles span both Saturday and Sunday.

All routes end in scenic Ocean City, N.J., with different starting points for each riding distance.

POSTED: Saturday, September 7, 2013, 6:00 AM
Filed Under: In The News | Profiles | Technology

Technology, fitness and the human spirit have combined to create a fitness App that helps not only athletes, but the neediest members of our society.

Charity Miles is a free download that tracks your mileage while biking, walking or running—and allows you to earn money for various charities simply by completing your workout.

Using the App is quite simple—after downloading, you create a brief profile before choosing one of three activities—bike, walk or run. Once the activity is selected, the user can determine which of 24 charities they want their workout to benefit.

POSTED: Monday, September 2, 2013, 6:00 AM
In this Oct. 5, 2010 photo, Chris Nowinski, president of the Sports Legacy Institute, former Harvard football player, and World Wrestling Entertainment wrestler, is seen in his office at the Boston University Medical Center, in Boston. Nowinski, who had to retire due to concussions, now contributes to research on the traumatic injury by asking elite athletes to donate their brains to science after they die. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

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 the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy as well as co-founder and executive director of the Sports Legacy Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to solving the sports concussion crisis through education, policy, and research. His 2006 book and the subsequent documentary film by the same name is largely credited with increasing awareness about concussions in football and many other sports.

Prior to writing the book, Nowinski was an All-Ivy League performer on Harvard University’s football team and later became a World Wrestling Entertainment superstar. He was named the WWE’s Newcomer of the Year in 2002, but was forced to retire after a bout with post-concussion syndrome in 2004.

POSTED: Thursday, August 22, 2013, 6:00 AM

In founding Alex’s Lemonade Stand, young Alexandra “Alex” Scott utilized her passion for selling lemonade to raise awareness and find cures for childhood cancer.

Next month, her father Jay will turn his own passion—running—into a means of raising those same funds in his daughter’s memory.

Jay Scott, Co-Executive Director of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, is issuing a challenge to all supporters to collectively run (or walk) 1 million miles this September. The event takes place throughout National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and is appropriately dubbed “The Million Mile Run.”

POSTED: Friday, July 12, 2013, 10:49 AM
Filed Under: Cycling | In The News | Profiles

This weekend, thousands of bikers will take part in the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) 41st annual bike ride. Among them will be 6ABC meteorologist Adam Joseph, who will set out on a 65-mile trek in honor of his grandmother, who passed away from cancer in July 2001.

“Sunday will be a bittersweet morning,” admits Joseph. “I’m riding for my nana, who passed away from cancer `12 years ago this month. But I’m also riding for those still battling the disease today, those who are now cancer-free—and to bring awareness to the ACS.”     

The family-friendly event has four different starting points—the most prominent being the base of the Ben Franklin Bridge—and riders can choose from seven different length options. All riders will finish their journey at the Buena Vista Camping Park in Buena, N.J. where they will be greeted with a free lunch, two ceremonies honoring cancer survivors and family activities.

POSTED: Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 6:00 AM

The 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup is underway. Group play is over and the semifinals are set: Brazil vs. Uruguay; Spain vs Italy. It’s a tune-up, a full dress rehearsal for the biggest event on the soccer world stage—the FIFA World Cup. Confederations Cup competition consists of eight teams: the champions of each of the six FIFA confederation championships (UEFA, CONMEBOL, CONCACAF, CAF, AFC, OFC), along with the FIFA World Cup winner and the host nation. 

The teams play in the exact same venues where World Cup play will take place. The dry run gives teams a chance to make sure everything is ready and allows the host nation time to make adjustments when they are not. Players get a chance to check out the pitch and the volume of the crowds. Coaches get a sense of how the field will play and plan accordingly. Also, players get an idea of weather conditions, sun positioning, and altitude. All of these factors will play a major role next summer.

Also, this dry run allows a team’s staff members to get a chance to assess the amenities so they can bring what they need for the World Cup. In the United States, each professional sports league has specific rules and regulations regarding the locker rooms and athletic training rooms, supplies that the host team provides, and assistance for away teams. That’s not the case in international play.

POSTED: Saturday, June 15, 2013, 4:00 AM
PGA golfer Fred Couples has struggled with back problems through his career. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

A lot of people have a dream of being a professional golfer. Most day dream off into the wonderful world of caddies, beautiful courses, lots of money and being able to play a sport you love every day of the week. 

But the part of the day dream that is missing is that it is a job and when it is treated as such, it encounters many of the same stressors of everyday life if not more. 

What people do not see on TV and is not advertised is the not-so-glamorous part of the Tour—the injury trailer. Everyone who has ever swung a club knows that golf is as just as much a mental game as it is physical. So with every little ache and pain golfers report to their therapist because an injury, no matter how small, can throw off the mental game as well as the physical. 

POSTED: Thursday, June 13, 2013, 4:00 AM
Filed Under: In The News | Other Sports
Spectators watch as Tiger Woods practices for the U.S. Open golf tournament at Merion Golf Club, Tuesday, June 11, 2013, in Ardmore, Pa. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

As the health care provider for the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Main Line Health’s 150 volunteers including physicians, physician assistants and nurses have been preparing for over six months to ensure that the competition is a healthy and safe event for all involved. Each day of the competition, from the crack of dawn until the last spectator exits the course, our clinical staff will be stationed at five medical facilities throughout the golf course to care for any players, event spectators or other workers or volunteers who may need medical treatment.

Like many similar sporting events held outside and in temperamental weather conditions, most of the medical needs our volunteers will be addressing will likely be easily treatable conditions such as dehydration or dizziness, a common symptom of too much sun exposure. Also, with the rainy conditions that we’ve been having for the past couple of days, we will see a lot of slips and falls in muddy, wet areas—resulting in sprains and fractures.

For medical emergencies, we’ve brought the emergency department to the course. At five locations across the course, we have stationed emergency facilities, equipped with medical devices and tools that can be used in the treatment of a range of medical problems, from cuts and scrapes to more severe issues.

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Peter F. DeLuca, M.D. Rothman Institute, Head Team Physician - Eagles, Head Orthopedic Surgeon - Flyers
Joel H. Fish, Ph.D. Director - The Center For Sport Psychology, Sports Psychology Consultant - 76ers & Flyers
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Eugene Hong, MD, CAQSM, FAAFP Team Physician - Drexel, Philadelphia University, Saint Joe’s, & U.S. National Women’s Lacrosse
Jim McCrossin, ATC 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. Main Line Health Lankenau Medical Center, Team Orthopedist - Philadelphia 76ers
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