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Archive: February, 2013

Preserving and protecting knee cartilage

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 6:00 AM
Why are some cartilage injuries of the knee easily repairable while others are not? In order to answer that question, we have to start by understanding what type of cartilage lives in the knee. There are actually two different cartilage structures in the knee. The first is articular cartilage (the... Read more

Want a flattering figure? Don't forget your frame

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 6:00 AM
Chances are, you have spent some time checking yourself out in the mirror. It’s okay—we’ve all done it. After months of activity and exercise, it’s very satisfying to see definition in your muscles, or that goal weight on your scale. But toned arms and a smaller waistline aren’t... Read more

Pistorius case shows athlete ‘heroes’ as real people

Monday, February 25, 2013, 10:01 AM
The Oscar Pistorius story is the latest example of an elite athlete’s alleged behavior dominating both the news and the sports sections of the media. To fans, it’s yet another example of being forced to confront the fact that sports heroes are real people. In my work as a sport psychologist... Read more

Getting back to a fitness routine? Don't over-do it

Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 11:58 AM
As the nice weather approaches, we all make plans to restart our exercise programs like walking, running and biking. Our bodies are capable of adapting to increasing load, but if we push hard too quickly, this can cause injury. If we typically train for 12 weeks to prepare for a half marathon and we... Read more

Connecting with the teenage athlete

Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 8:00 AM
As pediatric sports therapists, we have to wear many hats during an athlete’s rehabilitation. We play the part of clinician, coach, cheerleader, and counselor within every session, while maintaining the ability to shift into being a drill sergeant when necessary. If we slip too deeply into any... Read more

What are YOUR chances of running Broad Street?

Monday, February 18, 2013, 5:00 AM
While you’re enjoying the Presidents’ Day holiday, the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department will be hard at work, conducting their first-ever Blue Cross Broad Street Run lottery. The lottery was introduced this year as the fairest way to determine the 40,000 lucky athletes who... Read more

Ladies, show your hearts some love

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 8:00 AM
Ah, February—a month filled with paper hearts, candy hearts, heart jewelry, heart garlands… you get the idea. So why all the hearts? Sure, there’s Valentine’s Day—but more importantly, February is Heart Health Awareness Month. As a physical therapist at Magee Rehabilitation... Read more

When should concussed athletes return… to the classroom?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 9:20 AM
When we discuss athletes who have been concussed, much of the discussion often concerns when they will return to play. However, when we discuss student athletes who have been concussed, parents often ask ‘when can they return to school and academics?’ There has been much published this... Read more

Simon's Fund honors Olympic champion with award

Sunday, February 10, 2013, 12:00 PM
Last night, Olympic gold medalist Dana Vollmer was honored by Plymouth Meeting-based ‘Simon’s Fund’ as the first recipient of the Fund’s Protect This Heart Award. Simon’s Fund was founded by Darren and Phyllis Sudman, who lost their son Simon due to Long QT Syndrome—the... Read more

Spring Sports Preview: Baseball is just around the corner

Thursday, February 7, 2013, 9:00 AM
Though snow covers the ground and temperatures dip below freezing, make no mistake—spring and baseball are just around the corner! It behooves any committed ballplayer, young and old alike, to begin the appropriate preseason conditioning. This requires much more than just picking up a ball and... Read more
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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.

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
Martin J. Kelley, PT, DPT, OCS Advanced Clinician at Penn Therapy and Fitness, Good Shepherd Penn Partners
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
Kevin Miller Fitness Coach, Philadelphia Union
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales and Hatfield, PA
Kelly O'Shea Senior Health Producer, Philly.com
Tracey Romero Sports Medicine Editor, Philly.com
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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