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The Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association (MLBTPA) is comprised of the physicians who have attained the appropriate professional degree (MD/DO) and Board Certification (Primary Care/Orthopaedic/Sports Medicine) and provide medical care for the professional teams that comprise Major League Baseball (MLB).
Our mission is to maintain the earned trust of the athletes and teams of Major and Minor League Baseball, as well as the public, by providing the highest quality medical care and services aimed at securing and enhancing their safety, health and well-being. We support this mission through continuing medical education and research relevant to the sport of baseball, analytical surveillance of injuries, critical review of our shared clinical experience, and development of injury prevention recommendations and policies. It is through such an evidence-based approach that we are able to provide the best practices and guidelines and incorporate the most advanced and effective technologies.
Frank Jobe: Forefather of Sports Medicine
A true forefather of American Sports Medicine, Frank Jobe, whose pioneering work preserved the careers of countless baseball players passed away on March 6, 2014 at the age of 88. His innovative spirit, professorial foresight and surgical expertise are epitomized in his revolutionary ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction technique, commonly known as Tommy John surgery. But equally central to Dr. Jobe was his dedication to family, friends, and peers. Dr. Jobe served as Head Team Physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers for an unprecedented forty years. During his tenure, he helped to found the Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association, serving as Secretary and President. His guidance helped to mold our organization and promote the medical care of all professional baseball players. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig described Dr. Jobe as “revolutionizing sports medicine”. Mr. Selig added “his wisdom elevated not only the Dodgers, the franchise he served proudly for half a century, but all of our clubs. Dr. Jobe’s expertise, as well as enthusiasm to mentor his peers, made the national pastime stronger.”Read more ...
Knee injuries are common injuries in most sports, commonly seen in football, soccer, basketball, and baseball. We have all heard of one of our favorite athletes sustaining a “knee injury,” however these injuries can range anywhere from meniscal tears and cartilage damage to tendon or ligament injuries. The knee joint is a large but simple joint. Unlike the shoulder and hip joint the knee joint basically functions as a hinge, creating both flexion and extension. The knee does have a rotational component as well. The function of the knee joint is heavily reliant on its strong muscles, tendons and ligaments. Tendons are strong bands of fibrous tissue that connect muscle to bones across joints in order to affect motion. Ligaments are strong fibrous bands that connect bone to bone across joints to help stability. (Figure 1) They prevent abnormal motion in any direction. By maintaining normal joint motion, these tendons and ligaments also protect the cartilage of the knee. This is perhaps one of their most important roles, as cartilage lines the surfaces of the bones within the joint, allowing for smooth, frictionless joint motion. When this joint cartilage is damaged, significant pain results. In fact, the definition of osteoarthritis (“arthritis”) is damage or loss of this joint surface cartilage.Read more ...