Comparing Penn State’s Football Physician Care to Other Schools

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Penn State has been in all out attack mode in a continued effort to refute the narrative spun in David Epstein’s Sports Illustrated story regarding the university’s medical care as it applies to football players.

One of the more intriguing tactics was a comparison of how the Nittany Lions program handles on-site physician coverage during the season compared to other schools.

At Penn State, a primary care physician is present for all games and practices and is also available on Sundays to examine any player who requires medical attention.

An orthopedic physician attends the Wednesday practice along with all games and is also accessible following practice on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, in addition to Sunday.

Here is how some other Big Ten universities — and LSU — compare in a release distributed by Penn State spokesman Jeff Nelson yesterday.

Iowa

  • Primary care physician is available to attend practice and see players post-practice Monday-Friday. On Sunday, is available to examine all players. Attends all games.
  • Orthopedic physician is available post-practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Sunday, is available to examine all players. Attends all games.

 LSU

  • Primary care physician available post-practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Sunday, is available to examine all players. Attends all games.
  • Orthopedic physician available post-practice Tuesday and Wednesday. On Sunday, is available to examine all players. Attends all games.

Michigan State

  • Primary care physician is available to attend practice and see players post-practice Monday-Friday. On Sunday, is available to examine all players. Attends all games.
  • Orthopedic physician is available post-practice Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Sunday, is available to examine all players. Attends all games.

Northwestern

  • Primary care physician is available to attend practice and see players post-practice Monday-Friday. On Sunday, is available to examine all players. Attends all games.
  • Orthopedic physician is available post-practice once or twice a week. On Sunday, is available to examine all players. Attends all games.

Nebraska

  • Primary care physician is available to attend practice and see players post-practice Monday-Friday. On Sunday, is available to examine all players. Attends all games.
  • Orthopedic physician is available post-practice Tuesday and Wednesday. On Sunday, is available to examine all players. Attends all games.

Ohio State

  • A primary care physician is available to see players early a.m. Monday-Friday and post-practice on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Sunday, the physician is available to examine all players. Attends all games.
  • An Orthopedic physician is available to see players post-practice on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Sunday, is available to examine all players. Attends all games.
  • At least one of the three team physicians attends practice or a part of practice every day and sees players at the conclusion of each practice as needed for new injuries or follow-up care.

Each school measures up similarly with just a subtle difference in days of the week here and there. This is all rather unsurprising news but another opportunity for Penn State as it attempts to prove that there is nothing substantial to take away from the SI report.

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Drew is a senior marketing major. This fall, he will be covering Penn State Football for Onward State. He is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and loves THON and Domonic Brown.

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