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Washington Wizards announce additions to Player Care staff

National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise Washington Wizards have announced three additions to their athlete care and performance group.

Director of player health Dr. Michael Ashton, director of physical and performance therapy Dr. Michael Davis and director of athletic performance Adam Petway, will all be joining the team, which is headed by the Monumental Basketball chief of athlete care & performance Dr. Daniel Medina.

The Wizards’ player care staff are already in abundance, with a further six listed members of staff on top of those aforementioned. The group also work with MedStar Health, assisting one another across the Monumental Basketball platform.

“Dr. Ashton, Dr. Davis and Adam all have tremendous experience in their respective positions across various sports entities and add expertise across many different disciplines,” said Medina.

“They will combine with our existing staff to maximize health and performance for the Wizards and assist with providing the best care possible for all of the athletes in the Monumental Basketball family.”

Ashton is an experienced physical therapist having worked in orthopaedic sports environments, including the Oklahoma City Thunder organisation as a physical therapist and athletic trainer. In his new role, he will be required to provide medical care, integrative rehabilitation services and implement injury reduction strategies, as well as perform the functions of a head of athletic trainer and will provide technical leadership to the Monumental Basketball athletic trainers.

Davis has worked as a physical therapist for over 17 years, working in neurological, orthopaedic, circulatory and sports settings, having assisted athletes from the NBA, National Football League (NFL), National Hockey League (NHL) and Major League Soccer (MLS), as well as combat sports. Davis joins the Wizards from Oklahoma City Thunder, where he has worked for the past five seasons and will bring his experience in prevention, clinical management and return to play strategies for his new team, on top of providing technical leadership for all Monumental Basketball teams.

Adam Petway joins the Wizards from the Philadelphia 76ers, where he has worked for the past two seasons as the teams lead bio-mechanist and strength coach. He began his career working in the DMV area with strength and conditioning roles at The Catholic University of America, The George Washington University, and the University of Maryland, before moving into sport as a director of strength and conditioning for men’s basketball at the University of Arkansas. In his new role with the Wizards, Petway will be responsible for delivering evidence-based strength and conditioning programmes and work closely with other members of the athlete care and performance group in executing player injury prevention and recovery programmes.

Author: Jake Wilkin