The Sixers’ athlete care department will look different in 2019-20.
The team has “mutually parted ways” with Dr. Daniel Medina and Dr. David T. Martin, a team source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. Medina and Martin leave the Sixers on “good terms,” per the source. Both came to the Sixers as highly-regarded professionals in the field of sports science. The Inquirer’s Keith Pompey was the first to report their departures.
Medina was hired as the team’s vice president of medical care by former president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo on Sept. 15, 2017. The position was created and filled by Medina after he’d spent over a decade with FC Barcelona.
Martin was hired on June 29, 2015, by Sam Hinkie as the team’s director of performance research and development. Martin’s position was also newly-created after he’d spent time with the Australian Institute of Sport as part of his over two decades of experience.
The team will spend the summer looking for a new head of athlete care with the goal to have someone in place by the start of the 2019-20 season. In the interim, the Sixers’ head team physician, Dr. Christopher C. Dodson, and assistant team physician, Dr. Barry E. Kenneally, will oversee the team’s athlete care department, including during the pre-draft process.
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