Keeping the Rams Healthy in 2012

New coach Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams kick off the NFL regular season on Sunday, taking on the Detroit Lions in the Motor City. It’s a day the team and many fans have been waiting for since the end of last season.

The Rams are one of the youngest teams in the NFL with an average age of 26. The coaches and players have put in a lot of hard work, both on and off the field, and are optimistic for the true start of the season.

Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams Quarterback

Rams quarterback Sam Bradford looks to pass in a pre-season game vs. the Colts.

As players like Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson take the field on Sunday, there’ll be another team on the sidelines dedicated to making sure they stay healthy enough to suit up each game – the team physicians. The Rams team doctors are Washington University Physicians at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and are represented at every game and every practice. The head team physician for the St. Louis Rams is Matt Matava, MD. Other team physicians are Rick Wright, MD, Rob Brophy, MD, Mark Halstead, MD and Matthew Smith, MD.

“It’s wonderful to work with the Rams. It’s a great organization and we’re fortunate to care for many world-class athletes at the top of their game,” says Matava, also a Washington University orthopedic surgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. “We have a unique opportunity because we’re able to take our expertise from working with the pros and apply it to everyone from a teenager on a high school football team to those weekend warriors who hurt a knee playing softball.”

So whether you’re watching from home or at the Edward Jones Dome this season, remember, it’s a team effort.

Go Rams! We wish you a healthy and safe season!

For more information about Washington University sports medicine specialists at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, click here.

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Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center is the largest hospital in Missouri and the largest private employer in the St. Louis region. An affiliated teaching hospital of Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital has a 1,800 member medical staff with many who are recognized as "Best Doctors in America." They are supported by residents, interns and fellows, in addition to nurses, technicians and other health-care professionals.

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