Dr. Bradley T. Butkovich, Fellowship Trained Sports Medicine Surgeon, Examines the 2013 NFL Combines
With the NFL Draft fast approaching, I’d like to share a bit of my experiences at the NFL Combines. Since 2006, I have been with the medical staff at the NFL Combines in Indianapolis, IN. I am one of three orthopaedic surgeons that work with the Washington Redskins to evaluate all 330 or so collegiate players that aspire to be part of an NFL team each year. The Redskins owner Dan Snyder, the entire Redskins coaching staff, and the training and therapy staff attend the combines as well, as it is also a time and a place to work out business deals, catch up with fellow coaches and colleagues and evaluate the players coming out of college.
As part of the Redskins medical staff, our duties are to examine and evaluate each player’s medical and physical health and capabilities necessary to perform in the NFL, and more specifically for the Redskins. Each player is put through a rigorous exam that includes medical lab tests, EKG’s, echocardiograms, MRI’s, x-rays, a comprehensive medical and musculoskeletal exam and psychological testing. Each player then receives a grade on his medical exam as far as concerns for injury, longevity and overall health. This grade is combined with intelligence examinations, team interviews and the more prolific strength, speed and skill testing which allows the team to rank each athlete’s overall value.