The Medical Care for the Philadelphia Eagles
When you watch an NFL contest between the Philadelphia Eagles and one of their opponents, one of the things you probably don’t realize would be the fact that there are many individuals who have made the game possible that are not playing on the screen. Every NFL team has a group of dedicated professionals that go the extra mile in order to be an asset to the franchise. One of the most important members of the team are those on the sports medicine staff. These professionals can help an injured player immensely, and by following their regimen many of these stars can get back on the field that much faster.
Because keeping players healthy week in and week out in the NFL is not an easy task, the majority of NFL teams realize just how crucial it is for them to have the most up-to-date scanning equipment. The officials with the Philadelphia Eagles are dedicated to keeping with these demands. This is why they have an X-ray machine that is on par with the latest imaging technology.
According to Radiology Today Magazine, the X-Ray machines are needed for X-ray services for a player at least once every NFL game. Many teams, including the Philadelphia Eagles, have their own web-based PACS system. These advanced machines go a long way in helping players stay on the field. “The need for rapid, accurate diagnoses can be the difference between a team’s season or a player’s career,” another team official commented.
Like all other teams, the Philadelphia Eagles have also made the switch from ordinary film to digital radiography. This is part of a renewed commitment on the part of the NFL to the health of their players, and it also signifies just how advanced the field of NFL sports medicine has become. Whereas, sports X-ray used to big and bulky and players would often have to be carted off the field, now sports physicians can often get a diagnosis right from an app on their cell phone.
Of course, there is one man at the center of all of the dedicated sports medicine personnel for the Eagles, and that is Dr. Gary W. Dorshimer. Besides his work with the Philadelphia Eagles, he is also the assistant program director for the Primary Care Sports Medicine Sports Fellowship program. He also the section chief of general internal medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital. Dorshimer is proud to be a clinical associate professor of medicine as well.
Dorshimer also has an immense amount of experience to equip him in his role with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is in his 19th year as an internist with the team and has had various roles within the NFL as well. These would include his position as an at-large representative for the NFL Physicians Society. He also served as co-chair for the 2009 and 2012 NFL Physicians Society Symposium on Sports Medicine in Football.
Dorshimer works closely with Dr. Peter DeLuca, who is the head team physician with the Eagles. DeLuca has been with the Eagles for 20 years and has served as their head physician for the past 15 years. He is an associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University for several years and is a registered surgeon with the Rothman Institute.
Besides these two gentlemen the medical staff of the Philadelphia Eagles consists of Dr. Paul Marchetto, an assistant team physician; Dr. Frank Brady, team chiropractor; Dr. Alexander Vaccaro, spine consultant; Dr. Matthew Pepe, assistant team physician; and Dr. Christopher Dodson, who also works as a team physician.
These dedicated individuals and this equipment play an important role in what you see on your television screen week in and week out. These men are dedicated to keeping all of the Eagles players healthy, from the quarterback to the placekicker.
Lee Flynn is from the Wasatch Mountains near Salt Lake City, UT. After Lee spent years preparing himself, his home and his family, he decided he had to do more. In his free time, Lee helps educate those who want to do the same. Through small local workshops and articles, Lee trains and teaches others on home preparation, food storage techniques, wilderness survival and self reliance. After obtaining a bachelors degree from the University of Utah, Lee moved to the Salt Lake Valley where he now lives with his wife and daughter.
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