February 2, 2000
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions has been selected to provide all medical care for Baltimore's new professional basketball team, the BayRunners. The effort is being coordinated by Hopkins' Division of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery, headed by orthopedic surgeon Edward G. McFarland, M.D.
The sports medicine team at Hopkins includes orthopedic surgeons (McFarland and Andrew Cosgarea, M.D.), internal medicine specialists (William Queale, M.D., and John Flynn, M.D.) and a rehabilitation physician (Brian Krabak, M.D.). The group evaluates and treats players and coaches for all injuries and illnesses, perform entry physicals for players and send a physician to all of the team's 32 home games.
In exchange, the team is sending players and their sea creature mascot, Bayzl, to health fairs and special events at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and The Johns Hopkins Children's Center. The Hospital and Children's Center, along with the sports medicine group, are team sponsors.
The BayRunners are part of the newly formed International Basketball League, a minor league with eight teams launched in 1999 and headquartered in offices in Baltimore's World Trade Center.
For more information on the Division of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery, visit the group's Web site at http://www.med.jhu.edu/ortho/sports.