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Sox overhaul medical/training staff

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#1 mabrowndog

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:26 AM

A change in leadership was mentioned earlier this week in the Coaching Staff thread, but the metamorphosis dates back to last off-season when Dr. Thomas Gill was replaced. Yesterday the Sox announced a complete restructuring, so it's time for a new thread.

The team named Laurence J. Ronan its new medical director and Dan Dyrek its sports medicine service coordinator, with Pete Asnis continuing as head team orthopedist, Rick Jameyson as head athletic trainer and Jim Rowe as medical operations coordinator.

Several other staffers, including Masai Takahashi, Brad Pearson, Par Sandora, Mike Boyle, Russell Nya and Tara Mardigan, will remain in their current positions.

Additional physicians on the revamped staff include: George Theodore, Tom Holovacs, Eric Berkson, Steve Southard, Jim Januzzi and Jeff Bostic from Massachusetts General Hospital; Arun Ramappa from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center; and Brian Busconi from UMass Memorial Medical Group.

"There may be a position that we add down the road," Cherington said. "But for all intents and purposes, the structure that's in place, hopefully it will work for a long time."

"What we're trying to do is finish off a restructuring that really began last winter, and get to a system that we think captures appropriately the different specialties within the medical realm," Cherington said earlier Thursday at the General Managers Meetings. "We're trying to build a system that balances those effectively, and doing it in a way that the players have people who fully have their best interest in mind and are at the top of their profession.

"We got 60 or 70 yards down the field last winter. Hopefully we're trying to get in the end zone now."

Cherington intimated that the changes are at least partially in response to the myriad injuries that undermined the Sox in 2012.

"Many of our injuries have been of the traumatic kind, the collisions on the field and things like that that I don't think any medical person can prevent," he said. "But if there's ever a situation where we're missing any time that doesn't have to be missed, or there's an injury we maybe could have prevented, we have to look at that.

"The goals here are not to look back ... but to look forward and try to set up a structure that incorporates the best practices within those specialties, with a group of people who will be fully dedicated to the players, the players will trust, and will have the best interest of the players in mind."

Like most here, I'm not a doctor and don't know any of these people, so I have no idea how to judge this reshuffling of the deck other than to say it's great to see the club being proactive on such a large scale. It drives home the point that they don't view the rash of injuries as "shit happens" or something that is one single staffer's fault.

The fates of the club and its players begin with preventive conditioning, something the team clearly got away from over the past 18 months, and end with early recognition of issues, accurate diagnoses, and effective treatment.

Perhaps DRS and/or other SoSHers who work in the medical field can provide further background on their specialties and expertise. Ditto for anyone who's dealt with any of these folks as a patient or client.

#2 Carbo Loading

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 09:44 AM

Dan Dyrek was the guy who took care of Larry Bird's back in the later stages of his career. Bird always gave him credit for extending his career.