Dr. Kaplan And The Jaguars
By Josh Martin, ATC, LAT
Dr. Kevin Kaplan Orthopedic Surgeon, Journey with the Jacksonville Jaguars
JOI’s own Dr. Kevin Kaplan is going on his twelfth consecutive season as the Head Team Physician for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Dr. Kaplan is not only involved with work with the Jaguars but, also has involvement with the Jacksonville Sharks, Jacksonville Shrimp, and Atlantic Coast High school.
Do you know how involved medical personnel are in the professional football draft? As an NFL fan, the combine is perceived as football skill and agility testing but, as a medical provider, its purpose is much greater than that. Historically speaking, the NFL combine was originated by a small group of physicians who wanted a better way to asses the injury risk of prospects prior to the draft. Prospects with low risk of injury will be more appealing to team owners, managers and coaches. Low risk of injury means healthy players, which can lead to better success for the team overall.
Jaguars’ team physician, Dr. Kaplan, works hand-in-hand with other team physicians and athletic trainers to thoroughly evaluate NFL prospects prior to the combine. On average, over 300 draft prospects are evaluated for injury prior to entering the combine. These prospects are brought to a room to be thoroughly evaluated by multiple team physicians. Any prospect with a medical history of injury (ACL repair, hamstring strain, etc.) will have an MRI conducted. The MRI helps physicians get a better view of the prospects injury so the decision can be made to rule them in or out. Last year, over 520 MRI’s were conducted for the possible NFL prospects.
Once a prospects injury risk is assessed, the medical staff can offer their advice to the owners and managers on whether an athlete will be healthy enough for their team. After his thorough evaluation, Dr. Kaplan ranks each prospect from low to high risk of injury. Prospects that are deemed high risk for injury by the medical staff may not be invited to the draft. The ranking are then given to owners, managers and coaches who make the final decision.
Throughout the Jaguars season, Dr. Kaplan provides care for all orthopedic related injuries that may occur throughout the season. JOI is pleased to represent Dr. Kaplan as the leading team physician of the Jacksonville Jaguars.
JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP fracture and injury care. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000.
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By: Kevin Kaplan, MD