Steelers Orthopedic Surgeon James Bradley, M.D., received the Arthur C. Rettig Award for Academic Excellence. The award was presented by the NFL Physicians Social (NFLPS) during the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine.
The award is presented annually to an NFL team physician for academic excellence in research with the goal to advance health and player safety in the NFL
"I am honored to receive this prestigious award from my colleagues in the NFLPS. Dr. Rettig, for whom the award was named, is a legendary NFL team doctor. To be given this award for my research is humbling," said Dr. Bradley.
Bradley's research report, "Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Shortens Return to Play in National Football League (NFL) Players with Acute Hamstring Injuries," was presented during the Combine.
Bradley, who has been the Steelers head orthopedic surgeon for 30 years, previously served as a past president of the NFLPS.
Previously Bradley was honored with the Ralph C. Wilde Leadership Award. The award is presented by Allegheny County Medical Society Foundation (ACMSF) and recognizes a physician who demonstrates exceptional skill in their clinical care of patients He also was honored in the past by the NFLPS with the Systematic Review Award for Posterior Instability of the Shoulder: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Clinical Outcomes.
About the award: The Arthur C. Rettig Award was established in 2013 to recognize an NFL team physician for excellence in academic research and advancing the health and safety of players in the NFL. Dr. Arthur Rettig is a highly respected orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and disorders of the upper extremities. He had been a leading member of the Colts medical staff since the team arrived in Indianapolis in 1984, and recently stepped down as head team physician.