Caring for the Professional Athlete

Unique pressures and liability implications surround orthopaedic care and clearance

Aloiya R. Earl and David H. Sohn, JD, MD

Team physicians representing professional sports organizations face a complex set of challenges relating to medical liability, litigation, and external pressures. Their patient population includes high-profile athletes performing for big business. Every patient comes with a coach, teammates, management, and fans—and each has an agenda. Every medical decision could potentially end up at the center of media scrutiny.

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