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Old 07-28-2013   #157
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Default Re: Training camp 2013

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Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck View Post
Although he's not a physician, he's the guy in charge of that whole department, right? I'd assume the physicians are giving their reports and recommendations to Kap and then Kap is the interface to the coaching staff. I could be wrong about that but whenever there's a medically oriented question, Kubiak's all "Well, Kap said..."
Here is the entire list of 2013 Houston Texans medical staff:


Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer...Geoff Kaplan
Coordinator of Rehabilitation/Assistant Athletic Trainer...Roland Ramirez
Assistant Athletic Trainer...........................A.J. Van Valkenburgh
Team Medical Director & Head Team Orthopedist... Dr. Walter Lowe
Team Orthopedist....................................... .....Dr. Steven Flores
Team Orthopedist....................................... ......Dr. Thomas Hunt
Team Orthopedist....................................... ......Dr. David Lintner
Team Orthopedist....................................... ......Dr. Mark Prasarn
Team Orthopedist....................................... .......Dr. Kevin Varner
Team Internist......................................... ..........Dr. James Muntz
Team Radiologist.................................Dr. Manickam Kumaravel
Team Emergency Physician.......................... Dr. Michael Chang
Team Emergency Physician....................... Dr. William Spangler
Team Dentist........................................... ........... Dr. Tom O’Brien
Team Chiropractor...................................... .......Dr. Dana Harper
Team Active Release Techniques® & Graston Provider
.................................................. .................... Dr. Chris Sanders
Team Dietitian......................................... ............Roberta Anding
Team Massage Therapist.................. Joni Honn/Genuine Touch
Team Ophthalmologist......................Baylor College of Medicine


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Lots of fancy titles. Bottom line, the head trainer in a system such as this will have the typical day-to-day contact with both the players and the coaches. But when there are particular player injury or medical problems in question, a physician (after input by the head trainer) will make final diagnostic evaluations and course of treatment plans and return-to-play decisions. Because of the head trainer's natural daily feedback relationship with Kubiak, it would not be unusual, if the organization feels comfortable, for him to be designated as appropriate to take on somewhat of a PR role.
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