A Message from Timothy McAdams, M.D., President, NFL Physicians Society
As the President of the NFL Physicians Society, I am proud to serve the 192 team physicians who dedicate their time and expertise to provide top-notch care to NFL athletes and advance the science of sports medicine.
I look forward to enhancing the channels of communication between NFL club physicians, members of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS), the National Football League (NFL), other sports leagues and medical societies to give our patients, the NFL players, the best care possible. We will do this by continuing our strong collaboration, sharing key learnings and best practices.
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I am proud to be part of this esteemed group in the greatest professional sports society in the world.
Timothy McAdams, MD
Head Team Physician, San Francisco 49ers
About The NFL Physicians Society
Since its inception in 1966, the NFLPS has worked to address issues faced by team physicians and improve communication and provide the highest quality of care for NFL athletes. To this day, our mission has remained consistent: to provide excellence in the medical and surgical care to the athletes in the NFL and provide direction and support for team physicians and the athletic trainers in charge of the care for these athletes.
As individual NFL physicians, we diagnose and treat injuries. As a collective body, we work to enhance medical protocols to improve the way football is taught and played.
Our Mission Statement
The NFL Physicians Society was founded in 1966. Its mission is to provide excellence in the medical and surgical care to the athletes in the NFL and to provide direction and support for the athletic trainers in charge of the care for these athletes.
How Does a Physician Become an NFL Team Physician?
The majority of team physicians are fellowship-trained in orthopaedic surgery, general surgery or internal medicine. This means the physician has completed four years of undergraduate study, four years of medical school, four to five years of residency, and one year of fellowship training. Most NFL team physicians have previous experience as a team physician at the high school and/or college level. Each NFL team’s medical staff is chosen by a team’s front office.
Many team physicians also serve as a team physician for other major sports teams (NHL, MLB, NBA) in their cities.
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