Vitals Says Game Outcome Comes Down to Health Management of Team

The Doctor Bowl: Vitals Predicts Game Winner By Looking at Team Doctors

(See the related infographic on common football injuries)

LYNDHURST, NJ – January 27, 2014 – With the Big Game this weekend, Vitals has caught football fever along with the rest of the nation. Yet, rather than fumbling through rushing yards, conversions and passing stats, we decided to analyze the two opposing teams on what matters most to us: the team doctors.

The role of the team doctor can’t be underestimated when assessing a team’s chances to win. Consider this: football players sustain more injuries than players from any other sport. And both teams are heading into the Big Game with players on the injury list, making it hard to overestimate the value of an effective team physician.

The Vitals “Doctor Bowl” analyzed the team physicians on averages since the Seahawks have five team physicians, while the Broncos have four.

So what did we look at? The first consideration was experience. Doctors for the Seahawks have an average of 17.4 years of medical experience – more than 87 years combined. The Broncos’ medical team has 13.25 years of experience on average – 53 years together.

Beyond the famous athletes they look after, both teams’ doctors are well regarded by their patients. The average patient rating given to the doctors on both sides of the ball is 3.5 out of 4. Yet, the patients in Seattle tend to rate the Seahawks’ doctors more often. The Seattle team doctors have an average of 5 ratings per doctor, compared to only 3.75 ratings for the Broncos’ doctors.

But it’s the Denver team that can boast higher academic credentials. The average medical school rating was 3.5, compared to 3.0 for schools attended by Seahawks’ doctors.

The winningest team when it comes to awards is the Seahawks. Their doctors have earned 18 peer and patient recognized awards, or an average of 3.6 per physician. The Broncos have only 8 recognitions, or 2 per doctor.

So while the Seahawks may have won the first ever Vitals “Doctor Bowl,” we’ll all be tuning in to see if this is an accurate predictor of the outcome on the field this Sunday. See our table for more about each team’s doctors.

 

SEAHAWKS
Physician Name Specialty Years of Experience No of Ratings Patient Rating No of Awards School Rating
Elias Khalfayan Sports medicine, Orthopedic surgeon, Surgical specialist

25

10

3

1

2

Stanley Herring Physiatrist (Physical rehabilitation)

30

3

4

9

1

Michael Mcadam Orthopedic surgeon, Sports medicine

11

5

4

3

4

Jonathan Drezner Family medicine, Sports medicine

14

2

3

2

4

Ashwin Rao Family medicine, Sports medicine

7

5

3.5

3

4

TOTAL  

87

25

17.5

18

15

AVG  

17.4

5

3.5

3.6

3

BRONCOS
Martin Boublick Family medicine, sports medicine, Surgical specialist

24

1

4

1

4

John S. Geraghty Family medicine

18

12

3.5

7

4

James Genuario Surgical specialist, Neurologist

7

2

3

0

3

Joshua Metzl Orthopedic surgeon

4

0

     N/A

0

3

TOTAL  

53

15

10.5

8

14

AVG  

13.25

3.75

3.5

2

3.5

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