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NFL Op-Ed: More Diversity in Sports Medicine Can Improve Athletes’ Health

As the National Football League begins another exciting season, players are once again relying on their club medical staffs to provide medical care and advice to stay healthy throughout the season. A recent op-ed post... more »

How Do NFL Teams Handle Training in the Summer Heat?

Football is in full swing — not just at the high school and collegiate levels, but also at the professional level. But while football players push themselves to train in the hot summer heat, they... more »

Mass General Brigham Hosts Sports Medicine Conference

The first Annual Mass General Brigham Athletic Training Conference was held on Thursday, June 23, 2022, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, with keynote speaker longtime captain and All-Pro from the New England Patriots Matthew Slater. The... more »

NFL, HBCUs Partner to Increase Diversity in Sports Medicine

The NFL, together with the NFL Physicians Society (NFLPS) and the Professional Football Athletic Trainer Society (PFATS), today announced the launch of the NFL Diversity in Sports Medicine Pipeline Initiative, which will provide medical students... more »

Buccaneers Promote Maral Javadifar to Director of Rehab & Performance Coach

On Monday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced that assistant strength & conditioning coach/physical therapist Maral Javadifar has been promoted to the newly-created position of Director of Rehabilitation and Performance Coach. Javadifar had spent three seasons... more »

Cincinnati Bengals Hire Summers as Head ATC

The Bengals hired Matt Summers as the team's new director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer. Summers replaces Paul Sparling, who is retiring after 30 years in the role. Summers joins the Bengals after... more »

NFL, UCSD to Study Marijuana and Pain Management in Athletes

The National Football League is giving UC San Diego $500,000 to study whether marijuana can be effectively used to help athletes manage pain from injuries and recover more quickly, according to a recent story from... more »

WFT Assistant ATC Put on Leave Amid DEA Investigation

The Washington Football Team has placed assistant athletic trainer Doug Quon on administrative leave while the organization is under investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), according to a report from ESPN. Although the specific... more »

Q&A with Reggie Scott, Rams’ VP of Sports Medicine & Performance

Reggie Scott is a name that is frequently said aloud within the walls of the Los Angeles Rams facilities, particularly over the two years. From injury recovery to strength and conditioning program implementation to COVID-19... more »

As Cannabis Products Rise in Popularity, Organizations Pause At Acceptance

With the explosion of cannabis products bleeding over to the sports medicine industry as the once-illegal drug is becoming legalized in individual states, some professional leagues aren't ready to jump aboard the bandwagon. Last week,... more »

After 45 Years, Broncos ATC Retires with Team

The longest-tenured employee in Denver Broncos history is hanging them up. Longtime head athletic trainer Steve "Greek" Antonopulos is retiring after 45 years with the club, the team announced Monday. According to the organization, Antonopulos'... more »

Recovery Technology Education Platform Developed for NFL Athletic Trainers

 Hyperice, the industry leader in recovery technology and pioneer of percussion, vibration, dynamic air compression, and thermal technology, today announced the launch of athletic trainer education courses with PFATS, the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society,... more »

Dallas Cowboys Mourn Death of Strength Coach

Following the shocking death of Markus Paul a day before Thanksgiving, tributes have been pouring in for the Dallas Cowboys strength and conditioning coach. Paul, 54, who died after experiencing a medical emergency unrelated to... more »

Athletic Trainer Indicted with Former NFL Players in Health Care Scam

A Houston-based athletic trainer and eight former NFL players were recently indicted on a health care scheme that defrauded an NFL player trust fund, according to a report from the FortWorth Star-Telegram. Louis Ray, owner... more »

Q&A with Colts’ Trainer Dave Hammer on NFL Returning Safely

Much like the rest of the football world, those a part of the National Football League have begun balancing playing football while being conscious of the COVID-19 pandemic. NFL players have started to report to... more »

Vikings Athletic Trainer Tests Positive for COVID-19

Shortly before the National Football League is to begin the 2020-21 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Minnesota Vikings announced that a leader in its sports medicine staff has tested positive for the virus. According... more »

Cincinnati Bengals’ Sparling wins ‘NFL Athletic Trainer of the Year’

In his 42-year tenure with the Cincinnati Bengals, head athletic trainer Paul Sparling has done it all. So when Sparling was awarded with one of the... more »

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