BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – The new United States Football League has announced that the Sports Medicine and Exercise Division at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will serve as the official medical provider for the football league.
UAB Sports & Exercise Medicine will provide the USFL with secondary physicians, preseason and postseason player physicals, mental health services, nutritionist consultations, clinical services, employee health and other services.
Irfan M. Asif, MD, will serve as the USFL’s medical director and a member of the league’s official medical advisory committee. Asif, a board-certified physician in sports medicine and family medicine, is chair of UAB’s department of family and community medicine, associate dean for primary care and rural health, and director of the primary care service line at the UAB. UAB.
“There is no higher priority for the USFL than the health and safety of players, so being close to one of America’s major medical centers was a big factor in our decision to play our eight teams in our inaugural season in Birmingham,” said Edward Hartman, USFL executive vice president of business operations. “UAB Sports & Exercise Medicine are experts in the field, and we are proud to have Dr. Asif as our first USFL Medical Director.”
“This partnership with the USFL is a testament to our love of football in the South as well as the exceptional healthcare provided every day by UAB Medicine,” said Selwyn Vickers, MD, CEO of UAB Healthcare System. “Dr. Asif and his exceptional team will provide world-class medical care to the league as we look forward to an exciting first season.
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