Steelers’ Head Team Orthopedic Surgeon James P. Bradley, M.D. Receives NFLPS’ Top Research Award

Mar 04, 2019

 (Indianapolis, IN — March 4, 2019) –  The NFL Physicians Society (NFLPS) awarded the Arthur C. Rettig Award for Academic Excellence to Dr. James P. Bradley, Head Team Orthopedic Surgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers. His research was presented at the NFLPS scientific meeting during the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine in a presentation, “Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Shortens Return to Play in National Football League (NFL) Players with Acute Hamstring Injuries.”

The award is given annually to an NFL team physician for academic excellence in research in advancing the health and safety of players in the NFL.

“I am honored to receive this prestigious award from my colleagues in the NFLPS. Dr. Rettig, for whom the award was named, is a legendary NFL team doctor. To be given this award for my research is humbling,” said Dr. Bradley.

Dr. Bradley has been the Head Team Orthopedic Surgeon of the Pittsburgh Steelers for 30 years and is a past president of the NFLPS.

The Arthur C. Rettig Award was established in 2013 to recognize an NFL team physician for excellence in academic research and advancing the health and safety of players in the NFL. Dr. Arthur Rettig is a highly respected orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and disorders of the upper extremities. He has been a leading member of the Colts medical staff since the team arrived in Indianapolis in 1984, and recently stepped down as head team physician.

Last year’s winner was Dr. Scott Rodeo, Head Team Physician of the New York Giants.