In this episode, Stephania Bell of ESPN has a Corona Light and host Jimmy McKay enjoys a Bare Ass Blonde Ale from the DuClaw Brewery in Baltimore MD.
They talk how Stephania went from being a French Lit major @ Princeton to Physical Therapist to Injury Analyst on ESPN.
Stephania Bell, PT Board-Certified Clinical Specialist in Orthopaedic Physical Therapy
APTA spokeswoman Stephania Bell, PT, is a board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. She is an injury analyst and senior writer for ESPN. After earning her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, Stephania went on to receive a master’s degree in physical therapy from the University of Miami, followed by a certification in orthopedic manual therapy from the Ola Grimsby Institute. Prior to joining ESPN, she worked for Kaiser Permanente in San Jose, California, and taught in the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship. She has also held teaching positions in physical therapy programs at Samuel Merritt University and the University of Kansas, and has lectured nationally on various physical therapy topics. Bell remains active in both the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) and APTA and is a recipient of several honors and awards, including the 2015 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Media Orthopaedic Reporting Excellence Award, the 2015 Newswomen’s Club of New York award for Specialized Reporting in Sports, and the AAOMPT John McM. Mennell Service award.
Bell formerly served as an injury analyst for KFFL, RotoWire and XM Radio. She was hired in 2007, and actively blogs National Football League injury analysis for ESPN where she is a regular columnist. Bell also complements on-air journalists with analysis of breaking news. She serves as a co-host of Fantasy Focus on ESPN Radio and an analyst for SportsNation on ESPN.com. She has co-authored The clinical orthopedic assessment guide. As a physical therapist, Bell it is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Bell’s has extensive professional experience in orthopedic manual therapy and sports medicine. She has a San Francisco Bay Areapractice with patients consisting primarily of athletes and performing artists ranging from junior high school to professional. Since September 2008, Bell has had a residence in Connecticut near the ESPN studios. Bell is a member of American Physical Therapy Association and her ESPN blogs are crossposted on their website.
Bell had been working at the University of Kansas when it became clear that her expertise had value to other fantasy football owners who sought her advice. At the suggestion of a friend she began blogging about football injuries. Her fantasy league commissioner advised her that her expertise might be marketable. Although pro teams are somewhat vague about players’ injuries, Bell uses her experience to review videos of players’ injuries, check their injury histories, and determine their training activities. Then in consultation with orthopedic surgeons she produces educated predictions about future player activity. In addition to commenting on NFL athletes, Bell has blogged about the injuries of star athletes in other sports such as Tiger Woods and Alex Rodriguez.
She’s been on the PT Pintcast three times: