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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

How to increase speed and avoid injury

Thursday, October 10, 2013, 5:30 AM
Now is the time of year when people are in the midst of training for their latest half-marathon or marathon. People tend to focus on distance while also working on speed. Unfortunately I mostly just see people training sprints in order to be able to post a PR. I also see this with most running sports... Read more

5 core strengthening exercises to do at home

Thursday, October 3, 2013, 5:30 AM
There is no way around it—becoming a healthy, stronger, better and faster athlete requires a strong core. You need to have the proximal strength and stability in order for your limbs to be able to operate in the healthiest, strongest and most efficient manner. Strengthening your core does not... Read more

Grass vs turf: Does it affect injury rate?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 6:00 AM
Whenever I see a patient with an ACL tear, they always want to blame something or someone for their injury. The biggest culprit in the blame game seems to be turf fields. If you’re old enough you might remember the original AstroTurf, and by all means plenty of blame can be placed on it for... Read more

Strength training for 'aging' adults

Thursday, September 26, 2013, 5:30 AM
News flash: we are all aging! By the time we reach our thirties, we all begin to lose peak strength by approximately 10 percent per decade, increasing to 15-30 percent per decade by our sixties. Knowing that we are in a strength decline for roughly 75% of our lives, how is it that there are some 70... Read more

Treating and dealing with back pain

Thursday, September 19, 2013, 5:30 AM
I was always amazed when working with athletes how it seemed that lower back pain was accepted as the norm. Most people brush off the sore back that they wake up with and hope that by moving around, it will get better. While there is some truth to that statement, just moving around and not really doing... Read more

Don't let knee pain derail you

Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 6:00 AM
With everyone training for marathons and half-marathons, my clinic sees a TON of knee pain this time of year. Most people do not understand how it happened—they do not remember falling or having a specific injury. Some people stop running or reduce the amount they are running in hopes of stopping... Read more

Injury recovery: Heat or ice?

Thursday, September 5, 2013, 5:30 AM
“What should I do? Heat or ice?” The amount of times I have been asked this could qualify for the Guinness Book of World Records. The most confusing part for people is that if you ask 20 different health care professionals, you will get 20 different answers because the literature varies... Read more

The six elements of physical fitness

Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 6:00 AM
In 1st grade, my gym teacher made us all memorize the definition of “physical fitness.” Decades later, I still recall it as: “Physical Fitness–learning to use your body in many different ways.” While this serves as a fine elementary definition, I now realize the actual... Read more

When exercise becomes a pain in the butt

Thursday, August 29, 2013, 5:30 AM
A pain in the butt. Sometimes that is how the infamous athletic injury begins — just a pain in the butt. Many times I see runners, cyclists and other athletes who have pain in their back, legs and hips. Often they all can point to one specific spot that hurts. This spot that hurts is generally... 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.

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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