Rogowski Will Oversee NBRPA’s New Health Screening and Medical Innovation Program for Members
Joe Rogowski was named the National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), Chief Medical Director, announced today from Chicago, Illinois. The Sports Techie community blog curator is connected to Joe on LinkedIn and am sending a virtual applause for your dedication after spending 17-years in the NBA while working the past 9-years for the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and their members. Some of his new duties include overseeing the entirety of the sports medicine and innovation programs, including the NBRPA’s new Health Screening initiative. Additionally, Rogowski has added responsibilities to create strategic medical partnerships while serving as the primary liaison for all medical inquiries from and for NBRPA membership. Prioritizing top physical and mental care by medical experts for aging former pro basketball players is both holistic and truly a necessary job well for the NBRPA membership.
“Joe is a true leader in his field, and we are thrilled to have him and his network of medical specialists, and continue developing and expanding sound health programs and best practices for our more than 1,800 members.” said Scott Rochelle, President & CEO, NBRPA. “His work is paramount to our membership living healthy lives and he will no doubt be an invaluable asset to our organization.”
NBPRA Medical Director Bio
With Rogowski’s supervision, NBRPA will begin to offer thorough, cost-effective, healthcare to its male and female members made up of former professional basketball players from the NBA, ABA, and WNBA. The health screening programs will address many of the medical issues that have plagued the NBRPA population while also educating them on proactive measures that promote a healthy lifestyle.
“During my 17 plus years in the NBA, I have been fortunate to have been involved in assisting players navigate their transition into retirement,” said Joe Rogowski. “I am honored that the NBRPA has entrusted me to continue this mission to elevate both the physical and mental care of the men and women that have helped lay the foundation for our current players success.”
Rogowski presents on several sports medicine and performance topics at various conferences, both nationally and internationally. He is a published author who co-wrote several articles for both The Journal of Strength & Conditioning and The Journal of Athletic Training. In 2013, he was a co-author in the book “Conditioning and Strength for Human Performance.” Rogowski’s published works include articles relating to injury prevention, strength and conditioning, performance analytics, and cardiology.
Most recently, Rogowski served as the NBPA’s Chief Medical Officer for the past 3-years and was previously their Director of Sports Medicine and Research for six-years. He has also served as Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Orlando Magic (2006-12) and Director of Performance and Research for the Houston Rockets (2012-14).
Before his stints in the NBA, Joe worked with several other sports organizations. In 2012, Rogowski participated in the London Olympics as Performance Director for Team Great Britain. Before that job, he worked with the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, MLS’s Chicago Fire and various Orlando high schools. He also spent one year working at Athletico Physical Therapy in Chicago, IL and previously worked with the NBA’s Magic as a strength and conditioning intern in 2002-03.
Rogowski graduated from DePauw University with a degree in sports medicine and athletic training, while also lettering in football. He then acquired his master’s degree from the University of Central Florida in the field of exercise physiology, with an emphasis in cardiac physiology. Rogowski is certified in both ATC and CSCS.
Born and raised a Chicagoan, Rogowski and his wife Diana have two children Liliana (4) and Julian (2). He also enjoys spending time with his Weimaraner dog, Lola (6).
Sports Techie, as people and former athletes age, an assortment of common and unique, physical and mental aliments rise up or continue on as part of life’s many ongoing challenges. Hours spent running and jumping on the hardcourts and concrete black tops, with or without proper footwear, recovery, sleep and nutrition, takes its toll on everything from the hips, knees, ankles, and spine, to ligaments and tendons. Shooting thousands of jump shots and free throws, and lifting weights can all lead to debilitating issues like tendinitis and arthritis in the hands, fingers, elbows, shoulders, and neck. Cardio vascular disease, cancer and diabetes are some of the awful diseases members face as they age. These medical issues are just some of the physical problems NBPRA membership deal with on a daily basis.
The mental aspects of getting old are also top and center to Joe and offering the best possible diagnoses and treatments. CTE, TBI’s and past concussions can lead to the deterioration of the brain, memory and intellect, too often leading to Parkinson’s, ALS and dementia. Substance abuse problems with alcohol and drugs are also real problems some of the 1,800 have to deal with, or not.
Joe is well-qualified to assume his new role as Chief Medical Officer for the NBRPA and take on these challenges with a fresh perspective and an eagerness to help. The NBRPA works in direct partnerships with the NBA and the NBPA giving Rogowski valuable insights into each organization’s role in medical care.
Congratulations to Joe and the NBRPA for aligned together to medically support the NBRPA.
Learn more about the NBRPA Legends of Basketball Showcase on Dec 17, NFTs, and LEGENDS HBCU SCHOLARSHIP, also follow their social media handles at @NBAalumni on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Twitch.
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