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Combine a “whirlwind” for Texans medical staff

Posted by Nick Scurfield on February 23, 2012 – 2:34 pm

Everybody knows about the 40-yard dash, bench press, other drills and interviews that are so central to the spectacle of the NFL Scouting Combine. There’s another component that often gets overlooked: Medical evaluation.

The Texans sent a staff of three athletic trainers and 12 physicians to Indianapolis on Monday. After attending meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday, they will perform comprehensive medical evaluations of about 330 draft-eligible players between Thursday and Sunday.

“It’s a whirlwind,” Texans director of sports medicine/head athletic trainer Geoff Kaplan said. “The comprehensive medical exams consist of orthopedic exams, internal medical exams, vision, hearing. Everybody gets a stress test on a treadmill. They get very in-depth orthopedic exams inclusive of X-rays, MRIs, CAT Scans, ultrasounds, whatever needs to be done, and it’s our job to kind of sift through all that medical information and to make good recommendations to Rick Smith and Gary Kubiak and the rest of the coaching staff and the scouting staff of who’s physically fit to be able to play next year.”

The Texans’ trainers and doctors will examine about 80 players per day over the next four days.

A whirlwind, indeed.

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