The Major League Baseball Team Physicians Association (MLBTPA) is comprised of the physicians who have attained the appropriate professional degree (MD/DO) and Board Certification (Primary Care/Orthopaedic/Sports Medicine) and provide medical care for the professional teams that comprise Major League Baseball (MLB).

Mission Statement

Our mission is to maintain the earned trust of the athletes and teams of Major and Minor League Baseball, as well as the public, by providing the highest quality medical care and services aimed at securing and enhancing their safety, health and well-being. We support this mission through continuing medical education and research relevant to the sport of baseball, analytical surveillance of injuries, critical review of our shared clinical experience, and development of injury prevention recommendations and policies. It is through such an evidence-based approach that we are able to provide the best practices and guidelines and incorporate the most advanced and effective technologies.

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MLBTPA 2018 MLB Winter Meetings

Mandalay Bay Hotel - Las Vegas, NV

Friday December 7th – Sunday December 9th

Scientific Session December 7 6:00 pm—8:00 pm
Scientific Session December 8 7:00 am—6:00 pm
Business Meeting (TPA Members Only) December 9 7:30 am—11:30 am

 Please contact Struan Coleman MD with any questions regarding the meeting at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Topic of the Month

Sports Injuries of the Knee

Knee injuries are common injuries in most sports, commonly seen in football, soccer, basketball, and baseball. We have all heard of one of our favorite athletes sustaining a “knee injury,” however these injuries can range anywhere from meniscal tears and cartilage damage to tendon or ligament injuries. The knee joint is a large but simple joint. Unlike the shoulder and hip joint the knee joint basically functions as a hinge, creating both flexion and extension. The knee does have a rotational component as well. The function of the knee joint is heavily reliant on its strong muscles, tendons and ligaments. Tendons are strong bands of fibrous tissue that connect muscle to bones across joints in order to affect motion. Ligaments are strong fibrous bands that connect bone to bone across joints to help stability. (Figure 1) They prevent abnormal motion in any direction. By maintaining normal joint motion, these tendons and ligaments also protect the cartilage of the knee. This is perhaps one of their most important roles, as cartilage lines the surfaces of the bones within the joint, allowing for smooth, frictionless joint motion. When this joint cartilage is damaged, significant pain results. In fact, the definition of osteoarthritis (“arthritis”) is damage or loss of this joint surface cartilage.

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