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Physical Therapy

Meniscus tears: Surgery or physical therapy?

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 5:25 AM
You are 45 years old and the inside of your knee has been hurting during and after exercise. Recently, just walking is painful. After x-rays and an MRI, the orthopedic surgeon says you may need surgery but physical therapy may relieve your symptoms. You choose the surgery option—are you doing... Read more

Static vs. dynamic stretching

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 5:30 AM
The newest buzz word on the field is dynamic stretching. I have seen many variations of this—some correct, some incorrect. Some people have taken to static stretching, bouncing a little bit and calling it dynamic stretching. Others are just flat out running and skipping and calling that dynamic... Read more

Common swimming injuries and effective treatment

Monday, January 27, 2014, 9:40 AM
My last blog was about basketball injuries. Now, let’s dive into the pool and talk about common swimming injuries. Swimming Mechanics Poor swimming mechanics may be a contributing factor in many swimming injuries. But assessing these mechanics is beyond the expertise of most sports medicine... Read more

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
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.

Sarah Whitman, MD Sports Psychiatrist in Philadelphia
Tracey Romero Sports Medicine Editor,
J. Ryan Bair, PT, DPT, SCS Founder and Owner of FLASH Sports Physical Therapy, Board Certified in Sports Physical Therapy
Brian Cammarota, ATC, PT, DPT, CSCS 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
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. Lacrosse
Brian Maher, BS, CSCS Owner, Philly Personal Training
Julia Mayberry, M.D. Attending Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeon, Main Line Hand Surgery P.C.
Gavin McKay, NASM-CPT Founder/Franchisor, Unite Fitness
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales and Hatfield, PA
Justin Shaginaw, MPT, ATC Athletic Trainer for US Soccer Federation; Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute
Thomas Trojian MD, CAQSM, FACSM Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine at Drexel University
Justin D'Ancona
Robert Senior Event coverage, Sports Doc contributor
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