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POSTED: Sunday, March 31, 2013, 7:26 PM
Louisville's Wayne Blackshear reacts to Kevin Ware's injury during the first half. (Darron Cummings/AP)

If you saw it, chances are you’ll never forget it.

In today’s Midwest regional final, Louisville Cardinals guard Kevin Ware suffered a broken leg on a seemingly routine play in the first half against Duke. Ware attempted to challenge a jump shot and landed awkwardly in front of his team’s bench. The game was delayed for about 15 minutes as doctors tended to the fallen player.

Ware, who broke his leg in two places, was resting this morning after successful surgery, the AP reports, in which a rod was inserted into his tibia.

POSTED: Sunday, March 31, 2013, 4:00 AM

Weeks after the bike accident that cost her left leg, Rebecca Levenberg's aunt and uncle gave her a necklace with the famous Confucian quote: "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

Yesterday, Rebecca walked her 1,000th mile—but it's far from the final step on her journey.

A group of Rebecca's friends and relatives—led by Deb Davis, PTA, on her motorcycle—arrived on bicycles in Rittenhouse Square shortly before noon Saturday. They completed a short ride from 5th and Washington—the site of Rebecca's accident—to complete her 1,000th mile since obtaining her prosthesis.

POSTED: Friday, March 29, 2013, 5:35 AM

The Philly fitness scene is going transcontinental! When Paramount Pictures was gearing up for the premiere of GI Joe: Retaliation, they figured what better way to enjoy a rough and tough movie than with a rough and tough workout? So to celebrate Wednesday’s release of the film, Paramount asked Philly’s own Platoon Fitness to create a workout that embodied the “GI Joe” experience. I was lucky enough to sit down with get my butt kicked by Platoon’s Founder, Mike Smaltz, and get the scoop on how this workout was created.

So how did Platoon Fitness, out of thousands of personal training centers nationwide, get the honor? “We’ve made a name for ourselves as a real basic and primal type workout, very foundational and very functional,” explained Smaltz, a former Physical Readiness Training coordinator for the US Navy. “Plus the Platoon name itself kind of matches with the military, so I think it was an easy fit.”

In order to design a GI Joe inspired workout, Smaltz based it off of three major components: functionality, teamwork, and time restraints. “We try to gear towards what a ‘Joe’ might encounter in the field – carrying a body, moving machinery, long endurance periods of time where they’re working hard without a break.”

POSTED: Thursday, March 28, 2013, 1:35 PM
La Salle's Sam Mills is the team leader on defense for the Explorers. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

At approximately 10:15 p.m. tonight, the La Salle Explorers will tip off in a Sweet 16 matchup with Wichita State—a pairing that just about no one predicted one week ago when March Madness began. The winner will be just one win away from the Final Four, while the losing team’s season will end much as 52 others already have in this wacky tournament.

Dr Joel H. Fish, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Sport Psychology in Philadelphia and Sports Doc panelist, wrote earlier about the Philadelphia fan experience with March Madness. He answered a few questions about the player experience as well: 

It’s probably safe to say this is the biggest game for anyone on either team. How does that affect the players—individually and as a team—in preparation?

POSTED: Thursday, March 28, 2013, 5:50 AM
La Salle would appreciate it if you didn't characterize them as bracket busters. (Orlin Wagner/AP)

The phenomenon of March Madness continues to grow. For this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, more people submitted brackets than ever before. Viewership of the first weekend’s games was at an all-time high, with people utilizing television, computers, and their phones to catch glimpses of the games whenever they could. 

In Philadelphia, of course, there is extra interest in the journey of La Salle as they get ready to play Wichita State this upcoming Thursday. For a city that takes such pride in The Big 5, to have one of our own advance to the Sweet 16 feels like having one of the family continue to play. The fact that La Salle has also been an underdog throughout and has Philadelphia players on its roster increases our rooting interest in this upcoming game.

Additionally, last weekend Philadelphia played host to the greatest underdog story in years—little-known Florida Gulf Coast University. In their first-ever tourney appearance, the Eagles upended mighty Georgetown and toppled San Diego State to advance to this weekend’s regional finals in Dallas. They’ll take on their in-state rivals, the nationally-ranked Florida Gators—adding another layer of intrigue to the team who has already provided one of the best March Madness storylines in years.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 5:55 AM
Filed Under: Profiles | Running

Students Run Philly Style just kicked off their 9th season with more than 900 students as part of the program. Since 2004, they have served over 2500 students, ages 12-18 from neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.

Students Run began as a mentoring program of the National Nursing Centers Consortium fighting childhood obesity through running. With the help of over 200 adult mentors known as “Running Leaders,” students connect with adults who help them accomplish goals beyond their dreams, including the completion of a marathon.

The running leaders train side-by-side with their students three days a week from March to November, completing eight races. Currently, Students Run Philly Style is the only program in Philadelphia that offers marathon training to help youth succeed in both running and their daily lives.

POSTED: Monday, March 25, 2013, 10:58 AM

Editor’s note: Two years ago, Inquirer Sports Editor John Quinn, overweight and feeling it, would never have dreamed of competing in the Broad Street Run. Now back at it for his second Broad Street experience, this time a trimmer version claims he knows what he is getting into.

Ok, the Phillies 5k will now forever be known as … The Winter Classic.

On Saturday, it was freakin’ cold, windy, just like the entire winter and now spring. Only consolation was that running in it is a lot better than sitting in the stands to watch a game, which is why about half the field signed up in the first place.

POSTED: Monday, March 25, 2013, 9:44 AM

You don’t have to be a healthcare provider who cares for athletes with concussions, however, to know that the topic of concussions has become a very prominent,  and sometimes very controversial  topic in our sports- crazy (some might say obsessed) culture. In recent years, you only have to turn on the TV to 60 Minutes or ESPN, or see the front cover of Sports Illustrated or your favorite newspaper to read or hear about a story having to do with sports related concussions.

The 4th International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport was just published last month. This statement was written by a group of international experts in sports-related concussions at a meeting held specifically for this purpose in Zurich in November 2012, and is an update from the 3rd Statement written in 2008 (with many of the same authors and also in Zurich).

Why Zurich? The world governing body of soccer (football), FIFA, is headquartered there, and hosted the quadrennial meeting. The first statement was published in 2001 and the second in 2004, known respectively as the Vienna and the Prague concussion statements.

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Robert Senior Sports Doc blog Editor
Alfred Atanda, Jr., M.D. Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.
Robert Cabry, M.D. Drexel Sports Medicine, Team physician - U.S. Figure Skating, Assoc. Team Physician - Drexel
Brian Cammarota, MEd, ATC, CSCS, CES Symetrix Sports Performance, athletic trainer at OAA Orthopaedics
Desirea D. Caucci, PT, DPT, OCS Co-owner of Conshohocken Physical Therapy, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Michael G. Ciccotti, M.D. Rothman Institute, Head Team Physician for the Phillies & St. Joe's
Julie Coté, PT, MPT, OCS, COMT Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
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
R. Robert Franks, D.O. Rothman Institute, Team Physician - USA Wrestling, Consultant - Philadelphia Phillies
Ashley B. Greenblatt, ACE-CPT Certified Personal Trainer at The Sporting Club at The Bellevue
Cassie Haynes, JD, MPH Co-Founder, Trap Door Athletics, CrossFit LI Certified
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
Justin Shaginaw, MPT, ATC Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute, Athletic Trainer - US Soccer Federation
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