While the USFL’s second season is just months away, the league on Wednesday named Dr. Jim Ellis as its first medical director.
Ellis will be tasked with leading USFL player health and safety as well as “structuring new medical partnerships in current and future USFL cities,” the league said in a news release. Ellis comes to the USFL from the NFL, where he was an emergency preparedness consultant for the health and safety of NFL players.
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“This is a touchdown signing for the USFL and our players,” USFL president of soccer operations Brian Woods said in a statement. “One of the USFL’s biggest success stories during our inaugural season was the comprehensive medical care our players received. Having Dr. Ellis become the USFL’s first chief medical officer will help us expand and exceed our already high standards for player health and safety as we head into Season 2.”
Ellis was previously a senior consultant for the Medical Sports Group, which coordinated medical care for the NFL at the Super Bowl for more than 25 years, and was an assistant physician for the Atlanta Falcons’ emergency team/physician for 13 seasons, among various other jobs. in the field of sports medicine.
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“Dr. Ellis’ extensive experience caring for athletes from a wide range of sports and his academic background emphasize the USFL’s top priority, the health and safety of our players. It makes him the perfect choice for this critical position. “said the executive vice president of the USFL. of football operations, said Daryl Johnston. “The USFL is focused on building a player-centric soccer league, and I am honored to welcome Dr. Ellis to the USFL family. He is another exciting addition to our league as we prepare for our second season.” .
The announcement of Ellis’s new position comes about four months before the start of the upcoming USFL season.
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The league will return with the Birmingham Stallions, Houston Gamblers, Michigan Panthers, Memphis Showboats, New Jersey Generals, New Orleans Breakers, Philadelphia Stars, and Pittsburgh Maulers.