Steroids & Other Sports Medicine Issues

Hosted by R. Robert Franks, DO

Sports seasons are in full swing. Many of us sit at our desks all week and then launch ourselves into a variety of sports on Saturday and Sunday. It’s no wonder our muscles are strained – or worse a break or other injury occurs. Do you have questions regarding sports injuries such as concussion, sprains, strains, or conditioning for your weekend activities? Our assistant director of sports medicine, R. Robert Franks, D.O., will be answering your questions.

Dr. Franks is a native of South Jersey. He received his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry-School of Osteopathic Medicine at UMDNJ-SOM/Kennedy Health System in Stratford, N.J. in 1999. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at UMDNJ-SOM/Kennedy Health System in Stratford, N.J. in 2002. Dr. Franks received his Fellowship training in Primary Care Sports Medicine at the University Hospitals Health System/Horizon Orthopaedic in Cleveland, Ohio in 2003. He is Board Certified in Family Medicine from the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians and holds a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine from the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians.

Dr. Franks’ specialty is in the area of medical orthopaedics and sports medicine. He has published works on topics including maxillofacial injuries in athletics, weight loss and wrestling, and performance enhancing substances, which led to his involvement with the New Jersey Governor’s Task Force on Steroid Use and Prevention.

Dr. Franks has served as team physician for various high schools throughout southern New Jersey, southeastern Pennsylvania and Ohio; and also Haverford College, the Philadelphia Wings, and the Cleveland Indians baseball organization. He also is currently the school physician for the Haddon Township School District. He recently was named Medical Director of the Certified Athletic Training Program at Eastern University.