Sunday, April 26, 2015

Physical Therapy

Which foam roller is right for you?

Thursday, January 16, 2014, 5:30 AM
The world of foam rolling has evolved since I became a subscriber over ten years ago. The first foam rollers to come out were exactly that, 3-foot pieces of white foam. There were no alternatives. If I told someone to go and purchase a foam roller they did. There were no questions surrounding which... Read more

Pain during exercise: How much is too much?

Monday, January 6, 2014, 10:33 AM
The topic of “no pain, no gain” is one that arises almost daily in my practice. Is pain during exercise appropriate? When is it too much, leading to muscle strain and injury? We tend to follow a simple pain number scale (0-10) for determining the “allowable” amount of pain... Read more

Go for a run on the moon!

Friday, January 3, 2014, 5:30 AM
How many athletes have let lingering pain in their lower body prevent them from participating in that next big race or event? Or how many have said, “I would run to get this weight off if my knees didn’t hurt so much”? What if reducing your weight by 15 percent would allow you to... Read more

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

Treating patella tendonitis or "jumper's knee"

Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 5:30 AM
Winter season is upon us, recreational and competitive athletes alike. For some of us that means the long anticipated basketball season is finally here (break out your favorite college or NBA gear), and that leads us to the topic of this week’s blog. Patella tendonopathy is one of the most common... Read more

Foam rolling: Why is it so important?

Monday, December 16, 2013, 9:56 AM
Foam rolling is the latest and greatest in the fitness scene. But what is it and is it really all it is cracked up to be? The answer is yes. Foam rolling is something that everyone needs to be doing, no matter what your sport is. And it is not just for athletes. 5-10 minutes every day will help you... Read more

Therapeutic Taping: Helpful or all hype?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 5:30 AM
I recently co-authored an article for a Physical Therapy magazine, Advance Magazine, regarding the use of elastic taping for the upper quarter. Much of the information is useful in helping to educate more people about its many positive effects. I have adapted it to read more informatively than scholarly... 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

How to train for your first 5K, 10-miler or marathon

Monday, December 2, 2013, 10:56 AM
With the Philly Marathon completed and the New Year almost upon us, many people have begun contemplating running their first 5K or committing to running a distance they have never run before. There are many great races in and around Philadelphia, with varying lengths that can challenge even the most... Read more

Away from the gym? Five ways to keep your legs strong

Tuesday, November 26, 2013, 5:30 AM
With winter upon us, many people are taking to working out inside. And with the holidays right around the corner, many people lose time to get to the gym. So they stop working out all together. But what they fail to realize is that you do not need fancy gym equipment to work out. In fact, with just... 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 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
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, Philly.com
Tracey Romero Sports Medicine Editor, Philly.com
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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