|Born||May 20, 1966|
|Occupation||Sports journalist, sports commentator, radio host|
Stephania Bell (born May 20, 1966) is a physical therapist who has become an author, as well as both on-air and online sports commentator at ESPN where she serves as an American football injury analyst.
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 is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and a certified strength and conditioning specialist. Bell has extensive professional experience in orthopedic manual therapy and sports medicine. She has a San Francisco Bay Area practice 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.
Bell is from San Francisco, California, and she graduated from The Madeira School which is located in McLean, Virginia although she claims Mountain View, California as her home town. Bell earned her A.B. from Princeton University in 1987, where as a French major her senior thesis was about La Comédie humaine by Honoré de Balzac. At Princeton, she worked in the athletic training department. She also earned a Master of Science in physical therapy from the University of Miami in 1991. She held a teaching position at the University of Kansas for five years.
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- Bell, Stephania (December 3, 2009). "Stephania Bell Blog". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 6, 2009.
- "Physical Therapist Provides Injury Analysis for Fantasy Football". PR Newswire. September 13, 2007. Retrieved December 6, 2009.
- "Fantasy Football". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 6, 2009.
- Tomlinson, Brett (October 30, 2009). "Stephania Bell '87: Real-world tips, for fantasy sports". Princeton Alumni Weekly. 110 (4). Retrieved December 6, 2009.
- Bell, Stephania. "Fantasy league injuries w/Stephania Bell". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 6, 2009.
- Loudon, Janice, Stephania Bell, and Marcie Swift (May 13, 2008). The clinical orthopedic assessment guide (2nd ed.). Human Kinetics. ISBN 0-7360-6709-4. Retrieved December 6, 2009.
- Hiestand, Michael (September 18, 2008). "Carving out a fantasy niche". USA Today. p. 3C. Retrieved December 6, 2009.
- Zavisca, Christian (February 20, 2009). "Tiger Woods back in action". Knoxville News Sentinel. Retrieved December 6, 2009.
- "A-Rod, the juice, and his fantasy future". Bradenton Herald. March 12, 2009. Retrieved December 6, 2009.