I started writing about football injuries a few years ago at Footballguys.com. What began as a rare post on our message board or opinion added to a Footballguys breaking news blast grew into a regular in-season column titled Second Opinion.
In my Footballguys column, I combine my experience as a doctor, team physician and football writer to help fans understand injuries and how they might affect a player’s future and his team’s depth chart. I’ll be doing the same with this blog, with more frequent, year-round posts. I’m also hoping to do some interviews as the blog grows.
I am a pediatrician with emergency department, urgent care and primary care experience. I also assist a certified athletic trainer and provide sideline coverage as a team physician for a high school football team. I regularly see sports-related injuries and concussions, evaluate x-rays, diagnose and make treatment plans, refer to specialists and talk to players and their families. I have performed many of the same exams you see NFL teams doing on the field and sideline and often observe and evaluate our players for concussion during games.
I write regular columns on injuries (Second Opinion) and defensive players (Reading the Defense) for Footballguys and provide injury commentary on The Audible: Live on Thursday nights (also available for download on iTunes). I also contribute to Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio blog and the NY Times Fifth Down Blog.
And I’m extremely lucky to have a fantastic wife and two grade-school age boys who indulge my writing obsession. I can’t thank them enough for their encouragement and support.
Discussion and suggestions are always welcome. You can follow me on Twitter at @JeneBramel or reach me by email at bramel at footballguys dot com.
Categories: Injury Updates